SAN DIEGO — The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) this week recognized physicians for outstanding contributions to emergency medicine during the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. — ACEP18 Scientific Assembly — the largest gathering of emergency physicians in the country. The awards honor excellence across a wide range of activities, including leadership, policy, education, advocacy and research.
John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award
This award is ACEP’s highest award and is presented for outstanding contributions to the organization. It is named after the late John G. Wiegenstein, MD, a founding member and the first president of ACEP.
Nicholas Jouriles, MD, FACEP
A former president of ACEP (2008), Dr. Jouriles is professor and chair of emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and vice president, academic division, for U.S. Acute Care Solutions. He also is president of the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance and serves as a member of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors and the International Federation of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Jouriles is also an American Board of Emergency Medicine examiner and a charter member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. During his ACEP presidency, he led the release of the second ACEP National Report Card and convened the first summit of emergency medicine organizations to discuss issues common to the specialty and how to work together. In addition, Dr. Jouriles worked to include the prudent layperson standard and emergency medicine as an essential health care benefit in the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Jouriles graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Denver General Hospital and his residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center residency.
James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award
This award is for significant contributions to emergency medicine. The award is named after the late James D. Mills Jr., MD, second president of ACEP.
Thom Mayer, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FACHE
Dr. Mayer is founder of BestPractices, Inc, an emergency department staffing and management organization, and the medical director for the National Football League Players Association. In addition, he is a medical director for Studer Group, a health care consulting organization, and clinical professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University, as well as a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University. Dr. Mayer is a widely sought speaker on health care issues, including pediatric emergency care, EMS/disaster medicine and sports medicine. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, 100 book chapters, and has edited or written 20 textbooks. He is formerly the long-time chief of emergency medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
On September 11, 2001, Dr. Mayer served as one of the command physicians at the Pentagon Rescue Operation, coordinating medical assets at the site. The BestPractices physicians at Inova Fairfax Hospital were the first to successfully diagnose and treat inhalational anthrax victims during the fall 2001 anthrax crises, and Dr. Mayer has served on the Department of Defense on Defense Science Board Task Forces on Bioterrorism, Homeland Security and Consequences of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Dr. Mayer received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Utah.
Award for Outstanding Contribution in Education
This award recognizes a member who has made a significant contribution to the educational aspects of emergency medicine.
Corey Slovis, MD, FACEP
Dr. Slovis is professor of emergency medicine and chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He serves as the medical director for Metro Nashville’s Fire Department and Nashville International Airport.
Dr. Slovis has received numerous teaching awards including Outstanding Speaker of the Year by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Hal Jayne Award for Academic Excellence by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Peter Rosen Award by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine for outstanding contributions in academic leadership. He has been named Medical School Best Clinical Professor, seven times, and has been awarded the title Master Clinical Teacher by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In addition to his teaching activities, Dr. Slovis has authored more than 100 medical articles and 50 book chapters and has also co-authored or been an editor of three books.
Dr. Slovis received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed residencies in emergency medicine and internal medicine at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. He is board certified in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and most recently, emergency medical services
Award for Outstanding Contribution in Research
The award is presented to an ACEP member who has made a significant contribution to research in emergency medicine.
Lynne D. Richardson MD, FACEP
Dr. Richardson is professor and vice chair of emergency medicine and professor of population health science and policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition, she serves as system vice chair of emergency medicine for the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Richardson has designed innovative models of emergency care to improve patient outcomes, as well as novel emergency department-based care coordination and care transition interventions to support population health initiatives. She is an expert on community engagement and a national thought leader in the ethical conduct of emergency research.
Dr. Richardson has made significant contributions to eliminating health care disparities in both the research and policy arenas. She is a member of the New York City Board of Health, the first emergency physician ever to serve on that Board. She serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) for the Centers for Disease Control and is chair of the ACD Health Disparities Subcommittee. A former recipient of the ACEP Colin C. Rorrie, Jr. Award for Excellence in Health Policy, she also has been honored by the New York ACEP Chapter Improving Emergency Care Award. In 2016, Dr. Richardson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Richardson received her bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Outstanding Contribution in EMS Award
This award is for outstanding contributions of national significance or application in Emergency Medical Services. The award is not limited to ACEP members.
David E. Persse, MD, FACEP
Dr. Persse is professor of emergency medicine and surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston EMS (Emergency Medicine Services) Director for the departments of health and fire for the city of Houston, as well as Houston’s Public Health Authority. He also serves as a tactical physician with the Houston Police S.W.A.T. team.
Dr. Persse is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the South East Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council and is past chair of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He is a 2015 EMS Top 10 Innovator Award Winner from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.
After receiving his pre-med training at Columbia University, Dr. Persse received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating with honors. Dr. Persse completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif.
Council Meritorious Service Award
The award recognizes consistent contributions to the growth and maturation of the ACEP Council.
James C. Mitchner, MD, MPH, FACEP
Dr. Mitchner is an attending emergency physician at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., and clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. As medical director of the Michigan Peer Review Organization — a federally designated health care quality improvement organization—Dr. Mitchner oversees Medicare quality-of-care reviews, quality improvement activities and EMTALA-sanctioned reviews.
Since 2002, Dr. Mitchner has been a member of the ACEP Federal Government Affairs Committee, as well as other task forces and work groups. He participates in ACEP’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill every year and played key roles in passage of prudent layperson legislation and efforts to reform the standard of proof in EMTALA cases. As a Michigan State Medical Society board member, Dr. Mitchner supported smoke-free air legislation and continues to fight repeal of the state’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law.
Dr. Mitchner received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Denver Health. He also received a master’s degree in health management and policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Colin C. Rorrie, Jr., PhD Award for Excellence in Health Policy
This is award is for significant contributions to achieving ACEP’s health policy objectives, or for demonstrating outstanding skills, talent and commitment as an administrative or political leader. The award is named after Colin C. Rorrie, Jr., PhD, who served as ACEP’s Executive Director from 1982 to 2003.
L. Anthony Cirillo, MD, FACEP
Dr. Cirillo is a partner of U.S. Acute Care Solutions where he serves as director of health policy and legislative advocacy, in which he represents his organizations to a variety of organizations and coalitions in the health care system reform arena. In addition, Dr. Cirillo works as an emergency physician in both Rhode Island and Connecticut and serves as the local emergency department medical director for the Pequot Emergency Department in Groton, Conn. In Rhode Island, he previously served as chief of emergency medicine at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. In addition to his emergency department hospital leadership, Dr. Cirillo oversaw creation of the Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Rhode Island Department of Health. As the inaugural chief of the center, he and his team developed protocols and training for the state to implement a coordinated and effective statewide response system to public health emergencies.
Dr. Cirillo has served in numerous health policy related leadership positions in ACEP, including ACEP’s Membership, State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, and Federal Government Affairs Committees. He serves on the NEMPAC Board of Trustees and on the ACEP’s Alternative Payment Model Task Force, as well as the EDPMA/ACEP Joint Task Force, which is focused on out-of-network emergency care. He is a past president of the Rhode Island Chapter of ACEP. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and his residency from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In 2018, Dr. Cirillo was elected to ACEP's Board of Directors.
John A. Rupke Legacy Award
This award is for outstanding lifetime contributions to ACEP. In recognition of longevity and unwavering dedication to the ACEP the Legacy award is given in honor of John A. Rupke, MD, one of the initial founding members of ACEP.
David Wilcox, MD, FACEP
Dr. Wilcox is an emergency physician and medical director of Aetna in Hartford, Conn. He began his career teaching medical students and emergency medicine residents at Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Medical Schools. In addition, he previously taught paramedics at Northeastern University. Dr. Wilcox has served on the ACEP Council, the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, and the National Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee (NEMPAC). He has received numerous awards including the NEMPAC 911 Network Outstanding Legislative Achievement Award, the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) Outstanding Contributions Award and the CT College of Emergency Physicians (CCEP) Phil Stent Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Emergency Medicine.
He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Honorary Membership Awards
This award is for outstanding service to ACEP or to the specialty of emergency medicine.
Marjorie A. Geist, RN, PhD, CAE
During her 20 years as a nurse, Marjorie Geist was an emergency nurse in three county emergency departments and taught emergency nursing at University of Texas-Austin. During her 27 years at ACEP, Ms. Geist staffed numerous committees, sections, and task forces in the education, practice management, and academic affairs departments. She served as staff academic liaison to the Review Committee for EM, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Council for Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association, and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She also implemented ACEP's academic and research educational meetings: Teaching Fellowship, Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills and Research Forum (EMBRS).
Barbara Tomar, MBA
During her 15 years at ACEP, Ms. Tomar served as federal affairs director in the Washington, DC, office. She was responsible for responding to regulatory policies affecting emergency physicians and their patients. While Medicare and other agencies publish regulations annually, the major challenge during +her tenure was the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which was more than 2,000 pages, which then spawned another 20,000 pages of regulations over 4 years. Ms. Tomar also staffed several ACEP committees, task forces, EMAF, two sections, as well as serving for 15 years as Council reference committee staff.
Before joining ACEP, Ms. Tomar served as health policy staff for the American Hospital Association for 8 years and previously worked for health consulting firms and at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Hospital. She received her master’s in business administration with a concentration in health administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
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