Edward Henderson Award

The late Edward Henderson, MD, was a renowned geriatrics researcher and physician and an instrumental leader for the AGS. The Edward Henderson Award is conferred upon a distinguished clinician, educator, or researcher who also delivers the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture on a topic related to the body of his or her work at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

2024 Recipient: American College of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification Team 

The entire American College of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification team has been bestowed the 2024 Edward Henderson Award. Led by Drs. Clifford Ko and Ronnie Rosenthal, this collective of exceptional individuals representing multiple specialties has been instrumental in enhancing surgical care for older adults.  

The Henderson Award is bestowed upon those who embody the legacy of Dr. Edward Henderson, a former AGS Vice President, President, and Executive Director, renowned for his influential work in human aging and geriatric medicine. This year's recipients from the ACS Geriatric Surgery Verification team epitomize Dr. Henderson’s visionary leadership, dedication, and commitment to advancing care for all of us as we age. 

"We are delighted to recognize the outstanding achievements of the American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV) team with the 2024 Edward Henderson Award," said Donna Fick, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, President of the AGS. "The ACS was one of our early partners in our Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative (GSI) and Dr. Rosenthal has long served as one of the leaders in this multi-specialty collaboration and Dr. Robinson is the current co-chair of the GSI Council. With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the GSV team has collaborated across specialties to create a verification program that is changing the care of older adults undergoing surgery. The entire ACS GSV team is comprised of visionary leaders who reflect the spirit and legacy of Dr. Henderson himself."

The Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture, an integral part every AGS Annual Scientific Meeting, will feature four distinguished members of the ACS GSV team - Ronnie A. Rosenthal, MS, MD; Marcia M. Russell, MD; Thomas N. Robinson, MD; and Zara Cooper, MD, MSc. Together, they will describe how the GSV is enhancing care for older adults undergoing surgery by developing structured programs and measures that reflect what matters to each individual undergoing surgery.

"On behalf of the ACS, we are profoundly thankful and honored to receive the 2024 Edward Henderson Award from the American Geriatrics Society. This recognition is especially meaningful as it celebrates what we can accomplish via teamwork and collaboration. It shows that there is real power in what collective dedication can do in advancing care for older adults and we are so grateful to contribute to the legacy of Dr. Edward Henderson and his pioneering work in geriatric medicine," said Dr. Rosenthal. “Tom, Marcia, Zara, and I are proud to present our ACS work to the members of the AGS. Our early collaboration through the GSI is the foundation for the work that we are doing today and we could not be more grateful for the Society’s partnership and that of The John A. Hartford Foundation. 

Past Recipients of the Edward Henderson Award

2023      Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF
2022      Sharon A. Brangman, MD, FACP, AGSF
2021      Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF
2019      Laura Mosqueda, MD, AGSF
2018      Bruce Leff, MD, AGSF
2017      Richard Allman, MD
2016      Christopher Callahan, MD
2015      Robert M. Palmer, MD, MPH
2014      Michael W. Rich, MD
2013      Diane E. Meier, MD
2012      David B. Reuben, MD
2011      Mary E. Tinetti, MD
2010      Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH
2009      Mary Naylor, RN, PhD
2008      Linda P. Fried, MD
2007      Joseph T. Hanlon, PharmD, MS
2006      Walter Willet, MD
2005      Jeffrey Cummings, MD
2004      Edward Wagner, MD
2003      Vincent Mor, PhD
2002      David T. Felson, MD
2001      Mahlon R. DeLong, MD
2000      Bruce Vladeck, MD

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