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Awards & Honors

Each year, AAPM&R takes time to honor pioneering physiatrists, clinicians, researchers, and public servants who have made significant contributions to both the specialty and to people with disabilities. These awards are presented during the AAPM&R Annual Assembly.

Award Descriptions

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Past Award Recipients

2019 Award Recipients

Read more about our distinguished award recipients here.

Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award

Alberto Esquenazi, MD, FAAPMR

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Distinguished Member Award

Sara J. Cuccurullo, MD, FAAPMR

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Distinguished Clinician Award

Mark A. Harrast, MD, FAAPMR


Ai Mukai, MD, FAAPMR

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David W. Pruitt, MD, FAAPMR

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Distinguished Public Service Award

Priya Chandan, MD, MPH

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Lisa A. Merritt, MD, FAAPMR


PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship

Sheila A. Dugan, MD, FAAPMR

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2019 AAPM&R Awards Committee

  • Stuart Weinstein, MD, FAAPMR, Chair, Awards Committee
  • Kathleen R. Bell, MD, FAAPMR
  • Christina Y. Lee, MD, FAAPMR
  • Thomas K. Watanabe, MD, FAAPMR

2018 Award Recipients

2017 Award Recipients


2016 Awards Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

AAPM&R Congratulates the 2015 Award Recipients



A Word from 2015 AAPM&R Award Winners