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FSMB Awards

Award Descriptions and Qualifications

The Award of Merit is presented to an Individual (s) in recognition of an activity or contribution that has positively impacted and strengthened the profession of medical licensure and discipline and helped enhance public protection. Any Individual , whether a physician, non-physician, Fellow or Honorary Fellow may be nominated. Individual s who are not members of the FSMB also may be considered.

The John H. Clark, MD Leadership Award is presented to an Individual in recognition of outstanding and exemplary leadership, commitment, and contribution in advancing the public good at the state medical board level. The Leadership Award may be presented to any Fellow or Honorary Fellow of the FSMB whose contributions to his or her board are believed by the Awards Committee to be in keeping with these guidelines. No Chair or former Chair of the FSMB is eligible, and no one who has served as an FSMB officer, member of the Board of Directors, or full-time staff member or employee of the FSMB within the previous two years is eligible. The award honors the memory of John H. Clark, MD, a former Chair of the Utah Physicians Licensing Board, who served as FSMB President in 1982-83 and was known for his leadership and integrity.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an Individual in recognition of the highest level of service, commitment, and contribution to the Federation of State Medical Boards; the advancement of the profession of medical licensure and discipline; and the strengthening and enhancement of public protection. Any Individual , whether a physician, non-physician, Fellow or Honorary Fellow may be nominated. Individual s who are not members of the FSMB also may be considered. Anyone who has served as an FSMB officer, member of the Board of Directors, or member of the full-time staff within two years of the presentation is ineligible for consideration. This award may be presented posthumously.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, on rare occasions, may be presented to an Individual who has demonstrated extraordinary and sustained service and commitment to the field of medical licensure and discipline. Any Individual , whether a physician, non-physician, Fellow, Honorary Fellow or Individual s not directly associated with FSMB may be considered. This unique award is bestowed infrequently as the Awards Committee may deem appropriate and is not intended to be given on an annual basis.

Award of Merit
(formerly the Special Recognition Award, then Meritorious Service Award) 

1994                Andrew Watry, MPA, North Carolina
1996                Carole A. Smith, Oklahoma Medical
1998                Gerald L. Summer, MD, Alabama
                        John J. Ulwelling, Oregon
1999                George M. Brown Jr., MD, Oklahoma Medical
                        Salvatore N. Riggio, MD, Missouri
2001                Bryant D. Paris, North Carolina
2003                Dale G Breaden, North Carolina
2004                Janet D. Carson, JD, (Individual  nonmember)
                        I. Kathryn Hill, MEd, (Individual  nonmember)
2005                Mark R. Yessian, PhD, Massachusetts
                        Deanna Zychowski, Wisconsin
2007                Jordan H. Cohen, MD, District of Columbia
                        John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, (Individual  nonmember)
                        Peter V. Scoles, MD, (Individual  nonmember)
                        Gerald P. Whelan, MD, (Individual nonmember)
2008                Guy T. Selander, MD, (Individual nonmember)
                        Gerold L. Schiebler, MD, (Individual nonmember)
2009                Larry D. Dixon, Alabama
2010                Trent P. Pierce, MD, Arkansas
2012                Jaime B. Garanflo, Texas
                        Barbara Neuman, JD, Massachusetts
2013                Carl F. Ameringer, PhD, JD (Individual nonmember)
2014                H. Westley Clark, MD, JD (Individual nonmember)
                        Edward S. Salsberg, MPA (Individual nonmember)
2015                Hedy L. Chang, MS, California Medical
                        Bruce F. Cullen, MD, Washington Medical
                        Kenneth B. Simons, MD, Wisconsin
2016                Kathy L. Apple, RN, MS (Individual nonmember)
                        Kevin D. Bohnenblust, JD, Wyoming
                        Carmen A. Catizone, DPh, MS (Individual nonmember)
                        Ruth Horowitz, PhD, New York PMC
                        Michael J. Kramer, Washington Medical
                        Robert Lubran, MS, MPA (Individual nonmember)
2017                Gerard F. Dillon, PhD (Individual nonmember)
                        Carole V. Erickson, Montana
                        William E. Gotthold, MD, Washington Medical
2018                Alejandro Aparicio, MD, FACP (Individual nonmember)
                        Laura E. Forester, JD, Illinois
                        Norman B. Kahn Jr., MD (Individual nonmember)
2019                Michael L. Farrell, JD, Washington Medical
                        Vladimir Lozovskiy, JD, RN, Illinois
                        Amelia Boyd, Washington Medical
2020                Scott G. Kirby, MD, North Carolina
                        Timothy E. Terranova, Maine Medical

 John H. Clark, MD Leadership Award 

1986                George E. Sullivan, MD, Maine Medical
1987                George J. Carroll, MD,  Virginia
1988                John W. Rupel, MD, Wisconsin
1989                Richard M. Nunnally, MD, Wisconsin
1990                Max C. Butler, MD, Texas
1991                Thomas J. Scully, MD, Nevada Medical
1992                Stuart W. Russell, MD, New Hampshire
1993                Frank J. Morgan Jr., MD, Mississippi
1994                J. Lee Dockery, MD, Illinois
1995                Rendel L. Levonian, MD, California Medical
1996                D. Clifford Burross, MD, Texas
1997                Jo Ann N. Levitt, MD, New Mexico Medical
1998                Gilbert Hermann, MD, Colorado
1999                James M. Garrison, MD, Washington
2000                L. Thompson Bowles, MD, PhD (Individual nonmember)
2001                Edward David, MD, JD, Maine Medical
                        Thomas A. Joas, MD, California Medical
                        Paul M. Steingard, DO, Arizona Osteopathic
2002                Robert S. Heidt Sr., MD, Ohio
                        Marilyn B. Ward, Washington Medical
2003                Dinesh G. Patel, MD, Massachusetts
2004                Raymond J. Albert, Ohio
                        Anand G. Garg, MD, Ohio
2005                William H. Beeson, MD, Indiana
2006                Ralph W. Stewart, MD, Indiana
2007                Ansel R. Marks, MD, JD, New York PMC
2008                Hampton W. Irwin, MD, Washington Medical
                        Clarence C. Reynolds, MD, Missouri
2009                Randy T. Kohl, MD, Nebraska
2010                William L. Harp, MD, Virginia
2011                Thomas R. Pickard, DO, Oklahoma Osteopathic
                        Samuel L. Selinger, MD, Washington Medical
2012                Stan T. Ingram, Esq, Mississippi
                        C. William Schmidt, Kentucky
2013                W. Eugene Musser Jr., MD, Wisconsin
2014                Patricia A. King, MD, PhD, Vermont Medical
                        Leslie M. Burger, MD, Washington Medical
2015                Marilyn E. Pattison, MD, Washington Medical
                        Irvin E. Zeitler Jr., DO, Texas
2016                George C. Smith Sr., MD, Alabama
2017                Richard E. Burney, MD, Michigan Medical
                        Preston P. Nunnelley, MD, Kentucky
2018                J. William (Bill) Kinsinger, MD, Oklahoma Medical (posthumously)
                        C. Grant La Farge, MD, FACP, New Mexico Medical
                        Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACP, District of Columbia
2019                Ahmed D. Faheem, MD, West Virginia Medical
                        Warren B. Howe, MD, Washington Medical
2020                Randel C. Gibson, DO, Kentucky
                        Maroulla S. Gleaton, MD, Maine Medical
                        Candace Lapidus Sloane, MD, Massachusetts

Distinguished Service Award 

1986                Frederick T. Merchant, MD, Ohio
1987                Edithe J. Levit, MD, (Individual nonmember)
1988                Ray L. Casterline, MD, Oregon
1989                John H. Morton, MD, New York State
1990                William E. Jacott, MD, Minnesota
1991                David S. Citron, MD, Wyoming
1992                Henry G. Cramblett, MD, Ohio
1993                Bryant L. Galusha, MD, North Carolina
1994                Anthony J. Cortese, DO, Oregon
1995                Robert L. Volle, Ph.D. (Individual nonmember)
1996                Melvin E. Sigel, MD, Minnesota
1997                Barbara S. Schneidman, MD, Washington Medical
1998                Hormoz H. Rassekh, MD, Iowa
                        Kenneth C. Yohn, MD, Alabama
1999                Gerald J. B├ęchamps, MD, Virginia
2000                Robert E. Porter, MD, New Hampshire
2001                Ray Q. Bumgarner, JD, Ohio
                        James E. West, MD, Alabama
2002                John T. Hinton, DO, Wyoming
                        Susan M. Spaulding, Vermont Osteopathic
2003                William H. Fleming, MD, Texas
                        Stephen I. Schabel, MD, South Carolina
2004                George C. Barrett, MD, North Carolina
                        Larry D. Lessly, JD, Nevada Medical
2005                Ronald Joseph, California Medical
                        Daniel B. Kimball Jr., MD, Pennsylvania Medical
2006                George J. Van Komen, MD, Utah Medical
2007                Bruce W. McIntyre, JD, Rhode Island
2008                Doris C. Brooker, MD, Minnesota
                        Alan E. Shumacher, MD, California Medical
2009                Nancy Achin Audesse, Massachusetts
                        Leon C. Hamrick Sr., MD, Alabama
2010                Gary R. Clark, Oklahoma Osteopathic
2011                Janet D. Carson, JD (Individual nonmember)
2012                J. William McCord Jr., DO, Tennessee Osteopathic
                        Daniel W. Morrissey, OP, New Hampshire
2013                Martin Crane, MD, Massachusetts
                        Scott M. Fishman, MD (Individual nonmember)
2014                Ellen J. Harder, PA, Washington Medical (posthumous)
2015                Bruce H. Hasenkamp, JD, California Medical
                        Jerry D. Klepner (Individual nonmember)
                        Robert A. Leach, JD, Minnesota
2016                N. Stacy Lankford, MD, Indiana
                        Randal C. Manning, MBA, CMBE, Maine Medical
2017                Freda M. Bush, MD, Mississippi
                        Robert C. Knittle, MS, West Virginia Medical
                        James N. Thompson, MD, (Individual nonmember)
2018                R. David Henderson, JD, CMBE, North Carolina
                        Lyle R. Kelsey, MBA, CAE, CMBE, Oklahoma Medical
                        Jon V. Thomas, MD, MBA, Minnesota
2019                Anita M. Steinbergh, DO, Ohio
2020                Boyd R. Buser, DO, FACOFP, (Individual nonmember)
                        Kathleen Haley, JD, Oregon
                        Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, (Individual nonmember)
                        Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, (Individual nonmember)

Lifetime Achievement Award 

2000               Harold E. Jervey Jr., MD, South Carolina
2008               George C. Barrett, MD, North Carolina
2010               Stanley M. Aronson, MD, MPH, Rhode Island
                       Milton W. Hamolsky, MD, Rhode Island
2011               J. Lee Dockery, MD (Individual nonmember)
2012               Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, Alabama
2014               Rev. O. Richard Bowyer, MDiv, ThM, West Virginia Medical
                       Larry D. Dixon, Alabama
2015               Donald E. Melnick, MD, MACP (Individual nonmember)
2016               Janelle A. Rhyne, MD, MACP, North Carolina
2018               Bryant L. Galusha, MD, North Carolina
2019               Barbara S. Schneidman, MD, MPH, Washington Medical