BALTIMORE, MD — The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) announced the recipients of the 2016 AAP Awards that were presented in Sacramento, California at the 2016 AAP Annual Meeting honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the specialty of physiatry and the association.
“Every year I look forward to these awards because they serve as an opportunity to recognize our outstanding colleagues and great achievements,” said AAP Leadership Development and Recognition Committee (LDRC) Chair Kate Stolp, MD. “The recipients this year are in a class of their own and I am honored to call them my colleagues, friends, and fellow AAP members.”
DISTINGUISHED ACADEMICIAN AWARD
Michael Boninger, MD
This award is given to a member of the Association who has achieved distinction and peer recognition regionally or nationally by virtue of excellence as a teacher, researcher and/or administrator.
Dr. Boninger completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Michigan. He is a past president of the AAP and a Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of the Health Sciences. He is also the Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute. In addition, Dr. Boninger was recently named UPMC’s vice president for medical affairs for Community Provider Services.
OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
John Whyte, MD, PhD
This honor is given to a member who has made major contributions to the organization or to the field through the Association over a significant period of time.
Dr. Whyte completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota. He is AAP’s Public Policy Committee Chair, an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AJPM&R) and he is currently the Director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and TBI Rehabilitation Research Laboratory.
YOUNG ACADEMICIAN AWARD
Nitin Jain, MD, MSPH
This award honors an academic physiatrist who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the areas of teaching, research and/or administration. The nominee must have an academic rank of associate professor or less and be no more than 5-years past residency/fellowship training.
Dr. Jain completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopedics at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Jain is also the Director of PM&R Research and Co-Director of Orthopedic Sports Medicine Research at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine.
MCLEAN OUTSTANDING RESIDENT/FELLOW AWARD
Daniel Cushman, MD
This award is given to a member Resident/Fellow who demonstrates outstanding academic performance in academic leadership, teaching and education, and research.
Dr. Cushman completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is an Assistant Professor (Clinical) at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PM&R EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH WRITING AWARD
Zhongming Huang, PhD, MD
“Effectiveness of Ultrasound Guidance on Intraarticular and Periarticular Joint Injections: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials” published in the October 2015 issue of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Co-authors were Shaohua Du, PhD, MD, Yiying Qi, PhD, MD, Guangnan Chen, MD, Weiqi Yan, PhD, MD.
The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) is the only academic association dedicated to the specialty of physiatry in the world. AAP is an organization of leading physicians, researchers, in-training physiatrists, and others involved or interested in mentorship, leadership, and discovery in physiatry. AAP holds an Annual Meeting, produces a leading medical journal in rehabilitation, AJPM&R, and leads a variety of programs and activities that support and enhance academic physiatry. To learn more about the Association and the field of physiatry, visit our site at physiatry.org and follow us on Twitter using @AAPhysiatrists.
The 2017 AAP Annual Meeting will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 7-11, 2017. The AAP Annual Meeting brings together physiatrists and academicians, in-training physiatrists, researchers and academic PM&R professionals to share the latest information, innovative techniques, best practices, and new technologies. AAP 2017 is highlighting ground-breaking technologies at an innovation showcase. The meeting is packed with educational activities including educational sessions, cutting-edge keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and scientific papers presentations along with numerous poster board presentations illustrating the finest scientific research. To learn more about the 2017 AAP Annual Meeting, visit http://www.physiatry.org/page/AAP2017.