2020 SGIM Award Recipients

SGIM annually presents awards and grants, which are among the highest honors bestowed by the Society. Members may nominate themselves or colleagues who have made significant contributions to the profession over the past year. Awards and grants presented in 2020 recognize achievements and contributions during 2019.

The Robert J. Glaser Award

The Robert J. Glaser Award Recognizes outstanding contributions to research, education, leadership and mentoring in generalism in medicine and is presented at the SGIM Annual Meeting as a feature of a plenary session. This award is supported by grants from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and many individual contributions.

2020 Selection Committee:

Seth Landefeld, MD, Chair
Somnath Saha, MD, MPH
John Mafi, MD, MPH
Stacy Higgins, MD


Mark Linzer, MD

The Elnora M. Rhodes SGIM Service Award

The Elnora M. Rhodes SGIM Service Award was established in 1997 to honor Ms. Rhodes’ tremendous contributions to the Society of General Internal Medicine during her ten years as Executive Director. The Award symbolizes the highest level of service to the Society and is given to an individual for outstanding service to SGIM and its mission of promoting patient care, research, education and community service in primary care internal medicine. This award has been supported through contributions from SGIM leaders and members, past and present, as well as generous gifts from the Rhodes family.

2020 Selection Committee:

Harry Selker, MD, MSPH, Chair
Eric Bass, MD, MS
Oliver Fein, MD
Mark Schwartz, MD


Amy Gottlieb, MD

The John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research

This award recognizes a senior member whose innovative research has changed the way we care for patients, conduct research, or educate students. It is named for the late John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA, because of his unique role as researcher, mentor, and Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, where he was a strong advocate for research in general medicine. This award is supported by the SGIM Make a Difference! Campaign, memorial contributions from Dr. Eisenberg’s colleagues and friends, and the Hess Foundation.

2020 Selection Committee:

Neil Powe, MBA, MD, MPH, Chair
John Ayanian, MD, MPP
Carol Mangione, MD, MSPH
Michael Fine, MD
Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
Gail Daumit, MD, MHSc, Champion
Moira Kapral, MD, MSc, Champion


Eve Kerr, MD, MPH

The Herbert W. Nickens Minority Health and Representation in Medicine Award

The Herbert W. Nickens Award recognizes exceptional commitment to cultural diversity in medicine. The award will honor an individual or representative of an organization who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to cultural diversity in medicine or to improving minority health.

2020 Selection Committee:

Stella Safo, MD, MPH, Chair
Joni Williams, MD, MPH
Christina Cruz, MD
Jane Jih, MD, MPH
Donna Washington, MPD, MPH


Reagan Durant, MD, MPH

Career Achievements in Medical Education

The Career Achievements in Medical Education Award provides recognition to an outstanding clinician-educator whose lifetime contributions have profoundly advanced, and had widespread impact on the art and science of medicine and medical education.

2020 Selection Committee:

Daniella (Dani) Zipkin, MD, Chair
Alia Chisty, MD
Danielle Jones, MD
Eva Rimler, MD


Paul Haidet, MD, MPH

Quality & Practice Innovation Award

The award will recognize leaders of practice innovations who have improved care within the “quality” domains of the 2000 IOM Crossing the Quality Chasm report: safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and equality, or the Patient Centered Medical Home goals of accessible, coordinated, patient centered, team based, and comprehensive care. The award will recognize general internists and their organization that have successfully developed and implemented innovative systems of practice improvement in ambulatory and/or inpatient clinical practice.

2020 Selection Committee:

James (Jim) Richter, MA, MD, Chair
Reena Gupta, MD
Emily Fondahn, MD
Martin Arron, MBA, MD
Stewart Babbott, MD


Mitesh Patel, MBA, MD, MS
(University of Pennsylvania Health System)

Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year

Inaugurated in 2001, this award provides national recognition to SGIM junior investigator members whose academic ranks do not exceed Assistant Professor, and whose early career achievements and overall bodies of work to date have had national impact on generalist research.

2020 Selection Committee:

Mark Freidberg, MD, MPP, Chair
Walid F. Gellad, MD, MPH
Eugene Rich, MD
Lisa Rubenstein, MD, MSPH
Martha Gerrity, MD, MPH, PhD
Rebecca Brown, MD, Champion

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Zirui Song, MD, PhD
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Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award

Recognizes outstanding mid-career clinician investigators who are actively engaged in research and mentorship of junior investigators.

2020 Selection Committee:

Sei Lee, MCR, MD, Chair
Erin Krebs, MD, MPH
Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS
Sonya Borrero, MD
Elbert Huang, MD, MPH
Adesuwa (Ade) Olomu, MD, Champion


Geetanjali Chander, MD, MPH

Mid-Career Education Mentorship Award

Recognizes outstanding mid-career clinician educators who are actively engaged in education research and mentorship of junior clinician educators.

2020 Selection Committee:

Daniella (Dani) Zipkin, MD, Chair
Lawrence (Larry) Kaplan, MD
Carla Spagnoletti, MD, MS
Katherine (Kate) Lupton, MD


Rachel Bonnema, MD, MS

Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to help members gain recognition for papers that have made significant contributions to generalist research.

2020 Selection Committee:

Ingrid Binswanger, MD, MPH, MS, Chair
Saul Blecker, MD, MHSc
Samuel (Sam) Edwards, MD
Dina Griauzde, MD
Sachin Shah, MD, MPH
Jennifer Edelman, MD
Atheendar Venkataramani, MD
Saul Blecker, MD, MHSc, Champion
Sachin Shah, MD, MPH, Champion


John Mafi, MD, MPH

Scholarship in Medical Education Award

This award brings greater attention to the many types of original work that SGIM members have performed to improve medical education on a national level.

2020 Selection Committee:

Daniella (Dani) Zipkin, MD, Chair
Subha Ramani, MBBS, MPH, PhD
Rebecca Mazurkiewicz, MD, MPH
Rachel Bonnema, MD, MS


Kathleen Hanley, MD

Mary O’Flaherty Horn Scholars in General Internal Medicine Program

The Mary O’Flaherty Horn Scholars in General Internal Medicine Program is a 3-year career development award for clinician-educators. The Horn Award offers a junior clinician-educator funding to promote their academic career, while maintaining a healthy balance between personal and professional responsibilities by providing the scholar with a flexible schedule and protected time to engage in meaningful career development and scholarly activities. 

2020 Selection Committee:

Rachel Levine, MD, MPH, Chair
Rebecca Harrison, MD
Carole Warde, MD
Hilit F. Mechaber, MD
Marilyn Schapira, MD
Abigail (Abby) Lenhart, MD
Bunmi Olarewaju, DO
Patrick Hemming, MD


Tyra Fainstad, MD

Founders' Grant

The SGIM Founders’ Grant provides $10,000 in support to junior investigators who exhibit significant potential for a successful research career and who needs a “jump start” to establish a strong research funding base.

2020 Selection Committee:

Arleen Brown, MD, PhD, Chair
Molly Conroy, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Dzeng, MD, MPH, PhD
Madeline Sterling, MD
Ashley Jenkins, MD
Lenny Lopez, MD, Mdiv, MPH
Amresh Hanchate, Champion
Ryanne Wu, Champion


David Burstein, MD

Unified Leadership Training for Diversity (UNLTD)

Founded by Dr. Mark Linzer, the Unified Leadership Training in Diversity Program is designed for junior and mid-career faculty from underrepresented groups to develop the complex skill sets required to successfully lead academic sections and departments. This program provides mentoring, a scholarship to attend the ACLGIM leadership training conference, and some financial assistance to offset expenses.

2020 Selection Committee:

Adesuwa (Ade) Olomu, MD, Chair
Marshall Fleurant, MD, MPH
Nicole Redmond, MD, MPH, PhD


Utibe Essien, MD, MPH


Joni Williams, MD, MPH


Brandon Allport-Altillo, MD, MPH

ACLGIM Division Chief's Recognition Award

Given annually to the GIM Division Chief who most represents excellence in Division leadership.

2020 Selection Committee:

Carlos Estrada, MD, MS, Chair
Rachel Hess, MD, MS
Monika Safford, MD
Shin-Ping Tu, MD, MPH
Nancy-Denizard Thompson, MD


Andrea Sikon, MD

ACLGIM Leadership Award

The award recognizes an individual within their first ten years of faculty appointment with exceptional skills in leadership in any number of areas of academic medicine, including clinical, educational, research or administrative efforts.

2020 Selection Committee:

Carlos Estrada, MD, MS, Chair
Rachel Hess, MD, MS
Monika Safford, MD
Shin-Ping Tu, MD, MPH


Shana Ratner, MD

Frederick L. Brancati Mentorship and Leadership Award

This award honors an individual at the junior faculty level who inspires and mentors trainees to pursue general internal medicine and lead the transformation of health care through innovations in research, education, and practice.

2020 Selection Committee:

Andrea Sikon, MD, Chair
Donna Windish, MD, MPH
Neil Powe, MBA, MD, MPH
Robert (Bob) Centor, MD


Paul O'Rourke, MD, MPH