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AAPM&R Award Descriptions


The Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award

The Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1972 to honor a founding father of the Academy who was a leader in the development of the specialty of PM&R. Dr. Krusen, the Academy’s fourth president, was the first recipient of the award that now bears his name. The Krusen Award is the Academy’s highest honor, and recipients of the gold medallion are selected on the basis of their outstanding and unique contributions to the specialty.

The nominee should be an AAPM&R Member who

  • has made outstanding and unique contributions to the field of PM&R in the areas of patient care, research, education, and administration

  • has served the profession through involvement in Academy activities

Past Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

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Distinguished Clinician Award

The Distinguished Clinician Award is presented by AAPM&R to honor individual physiatrists who have achieved distinction on the basis of their scholarly level of teaching and their outstanding performance in patient care activities.

The nominee should be an AAPM&R Member who

  • has demonstrated excellence in scholarly teaching and physiatric patient care.

  • has contributed significantly to the advancement of the specialty through participation in Academy activities.

Past Distinguished Clinicians

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Distinguished Member Award

Established in 1994, the Distinguished Member Award honors AAPM&R members who have provided invaluable service to the specialty of PM&R primarily through participation in PM&R-related organizations other than the Academy.

The nominee should be an AAPM&R Member who 

  • has provided invaluable service to the specialty of PM&R primarily through participation in PM&R-related organizations other than the Academy.

Past Distinguished Member Award Recipients

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Distinguished Public Service Award

Established by the Academy in 1981, the Distinguished Public Service Award honors individuals who, in the course of their public service activities, have made significant contributions to the development of educational, research, and service activities that directly impact the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and that benefit the nation’s citizens with disabilities. As many as three awards may be given each year.

The nominee should

  • Have contributed significantly to the growth and development of educational, research, and service activities that directly impact the specialty of PM&R, and that benefit the nation’s citizens with disabilities.

Past Distinguished Public Service Award Recipients

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PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship

Established in 2008 to preserve the legacy and namesake of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR), this award is meant to recognize an individual in mid career that has advanced musculoskeletal physiatry through clinical care, education, service or scholarship (research). The award recipient will present a lecture at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly.

The nominee should be an AAPM&R Member who

  • has distinguished himself/herself in the field of musculoskeletal physiatry

  • is in mid career or later

  • has attained excellence in 3 of the 4 areas: clinical care, national education, national service or scholarship

Past PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship Recipients

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The Outstanding Council Service Award

The Outstanding Council Service Award was created in 2010 to recognize service and volunteerism of members who contribute to the success of the Academy in fulfilling its mission and serving its membership in ways not limited to research, education, and product development.

Past Council Service Award Recipients

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