This Year's AAP Award Winner's

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Andrea Cheville, MD

Distinguished Academician Award

Daniel Herman, MD, PhD

Early Career Academician Award

Thiru Annaswamy, MD, MA

AAP Outstanding Service Award

William Bockenek, MD

AAP Outstanding Service Award

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Andrea Cheville, MD

AAP Member Since 2009

Dr. Cheville is the Department Chair, Professor, Chief of Cancer Rehabilitation and Research Chair for the Department of PM&R at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is a renowned researcher and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in October 2016. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She is also consistently mentoring young investigators and helping them to appreciate and carry out rehabilitation science.

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Daniel Herman, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 2009

Dr. Herman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida. Within the AAP, he is a former Chair of the Resident/ Fellow Council, member of the Program Committee, proud graduate of the Program for Academic Leadership (PAL) and Rehabilitation Medical Scientist Training Program (RMSTP), and Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has received numerous awards, including the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine's Excellence in Research and O'Donaghue Awards, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine's NCAA Research Award, and the AAP's Electrode Store Best Paper Award.

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Thiru Annaswamy, MD, MA

AAP Member Since 1996

Dr. Annaswamy is a full-time staff physician and Section Chief in the PM&R Service at the VA North Texas Health Care System/Dallas VA Medical Center and a Professor with the Department of PM&R at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He helped to found the AAP’s Veterans Affairs (VA) Council, was elected as its first Chair, served two terms on the AAP’s Board of Trustees, and was a member of the Research Committee, Workforce Study Task Force, Leadership Development and Recognition Committee and Program Committee.

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William Bockenek, MD

AAP Member Since 1990

Dr. Bockenek is Chair the Department of PM&R at Carolinas Medical Center, Professor and Chief Medical Officer of Carolinas Rehabilitation, and Director of the AAP’s Program for Academic Leadership (PAL). He joined the AAP while in his residency, and has remained a member ever since. His first national leadership role was within the AAP was as Chair of the By-laws Committee, and what was then called the Intramural Academic Affairs Committee. As Director of PAL for the past 4 years, he has transformed this program by applying principles of adult learning theory to enhance the effectiveness of the program.

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Priya Chandan, MD, PhD, MPH

Public Service Award

Walter Frontera, MD, PhD

Distinguished Member Award

Henry Lew, MD, PhD

Innovation & Impact Award

Allison Schroeder, MD

McLean Outstanding Resident/ Fellow Award

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Priya Chandan, MD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Chandan is an Assistant Professor in the Division of PM&R at the University of Louisville, Global Clinical Advisor for Special Olympics International and a Senior Editor for the PM&R Journal. She is also Project Director of the National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine, and has supported the implementation of curriculum efforts at 25 medical schools nationwide. She serves as a consultant to the National Council on Disability (NCD), advises NCD’s Committee on Medical School Curriculum Development, and collaborates in NCD’s advocacy efforts to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) regarding the formal integration of a requirement for curriculum on disability into its Standards of Accreditation for medical schools.

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Walter Frontera, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 1985

Dr. Frontera is a Professor of PM&R at the University of Puerto Rico. He has served as the Inaugural Chair of PM&R at the UPR, Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Vanderbilt University. Walter has also published more than 230 scientific manuscripts including 16 edited books and is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and Past President of ISPRM. Walter has presented invited lectures in 53 countries and is Past-President of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS).

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Henry Lew, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 1997

Dr. Lew is Tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Pacific Medical Rehab and Sports Clinic. He has been an active AAP member for more than 20 years and received the Early Career Academician Award in 2006. He is receiving this award because of his pivotal roles in creating the Video Gallery section for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, initiating an online educational platform as Chair of the ISPRM's Education Committee, and creating a new Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Curriculum for PM&R Residents.

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Allison Schroeder, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Dr. Schroeder is a Sports Medicine Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received UPMC’s departmental rising star award as a PGY-2, was elected administrative chief resident, and received the departmental Overall Excellence in Residency Award in 2020. Within the AAP, she she served as the RFC Research Representative and as a member of the AAP’s Research Committee, during which time she played a key role in the development of the Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also spearheaded the addition of an Education/Well-Being Representative position to the RFC and served as the Inaugural Representative in 2019. In this position, she formed the RFC Well-Being Subcommittee and a new wellness column in Physiatry Forward, the AAP’s member magazine.

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Amy Wagner, MD

Carolyn Braddom Ritzler Research Award

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Amy Wagner, MD

AAP Member Since 1998

Dr. Wagner is Tenured Professor, Vice Chair of Faculty Development, and Endowed Chair for Translational Research in the Department of PM&R at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also Associate Director for Rehabilitation Research at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. She was honored as an AAP Plenary Speaker for our 2020 Annual Meeting, and is a 2020 inductee into the National Academy of Medicine. She has published over 110 original research and 45 invited articles and chapters. Her extensive transdisciplinary and translational portfolio of federally funded research has garnered over $16 million as a principal investigator for TBI and cardiac arrest research.

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