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Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award
About the Award
The Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award is presented by the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM) to a physician who has demonstrated outstanding leadership as the chair of a department of internal medicine. The award is presented annually at during the APM Winter Meeting portion of Academic Internal Medicine Week.
In selecting a recipient, predominant attention is given to progress made by the candidate in the administration of a department of internal medicine. Overall contributions to academic internal medicine made by the candidate in the areas of education, research, and patient care are considered as well.
Please note, if a nominee is a current board, council, or executive committee member at the time the award recipient is being selected, they are not eligible for award consideration.
Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are not accepted for this award.
A nomination packet must include:
- One nomination letter from within the department.
- Three letters supporting the nomination
- One from departmental leadership within the department (e.g., vice chair, residency/fellowship program director, division chief)
- One from outside the department, but within the institution (e.g., chair, dean or similar leader from another department)
- One from outside the institution (chair, dean, or similar leader at another institution or an internal medicine professional society leadership position)
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
The recipient is selected by the APM Council. If the approved recipient is unable to attend the APM Winter Meeting to accept the award, the recipient forgoes acceptance of the award and will be reconsidered the following year. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years—an updated CV will be required for all roll over nominations to be considered.
The APM President may ask the recipient to present a paper of a topic of interest to the APM membership and request its publication in a national medical journal. The APM President or their designate shall present the recipient with the award during the APM Winter Meeting held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week.
2021 APM Awards
2021 APM Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award
The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) will recognize the recipient of the 2021 APM Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award, Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, during AAIM Online 2021, to be held virtually April 6-16.
The Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award is presented APM to a physician who has demonstrated outstanding leadership as the chair of a department of internal medicine.
Dr. Loscalzo is described as “a true giant in internal medicine, having crafted the careers of hundreds for academic medicine that practice throughout the United States, as well as shaped the direction of academic medicine in his stellar Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.” His nominator shared first-hand experiences as an external reviewer and notes that Dr. Loscalzo “exhibits a command of all aspects of the tripartite mission, and is extremely responsive to students, residents and faculty at all career levels, and promotes divisional and departmental leaders.”
Dr. Loscalzo’s nominators describe him as “a remarkable academician and administrative leader,” noting “his vigor, intellect, humanity and steadfast commitment to the highest ideals, which all of the department admire, makes him a remarkable role model for every level of the organization from medical students to Senior Professors of Medicine. He is a tireless and extraordinarily effective leader of a complex organization within a highly complicated and rapidly changing landscape. Through Joe’s leadership, the Department of Medicine has become one of the premier departments in the United States by all measures.”
Dr. Loscalzo is the Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he has served in this role since 2005. His nominators note that “Joe has led one of the most robust and unique Departments of Medicine in the United States, which serves as a leader in patient care, teaching and research at the local, national and global levels.”
A member of APM since 1999, Dr. Loscalzo has made numerous contributions to academic internal medicine. He has served on several boards and committees. He has published nearly 900 papers, 49 books, and 32 patents. He is a former Board Member of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Loscalzo was Chair of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Loscalzo earned his PhD in Biochemistry and his MD from University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.