Nascher/Manning Award

Jerry C. Johnson, MD, AGSF

The Nascher/Manning Award honors Dr. Ignatz Leo Nascher’s pioneering work by recognizing an individual with distinguished, life-long achievement in clinical geriatrics. This year’s nominee is former AGS President, Jerry C. Johnson, MD, AGSF of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Having previously served as Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine from 2001-2018, Dr. Johnson is now a Professor Emeritus at this institution and he remains committed to health professionals in training through teaching and mentorship. He joins an elite cadre of geriatrics healthcare professionals recognized with the Nascher/Manning Award since its inception in 1987.

As Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Geriatric Medicine Division of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Johnson has been a leader in research and education with a special focus on delirium as well as in minority health and community participatory research methods. He was the principal investigator on numerous clinically focused grants as well as training grants. Most recently he served as the principal investigator on a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. In addition to leading many innovative studies and programs, he has achieved prominence as a researcher, distinguished lecturer, and author on issues in geriatrics.

As a board member and the 2002-2003 past President of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Johnson was central to the development of the AGS Ethnogeriatrics Committee. He pioneered the development of the AGS resource Doorway Thoughts to help geriatrics healthcare professionals understand how culture may affect the ways patients and their families communicate about their care. He continues to be an AGS leader, acting as Vice Chair of the AGS Health in Aging Foundation since 2010.

Dr. Johnson has been awarded multiple times for his work on behalf of older Americans. He has several “Best Doctor” distinctions and holds fellowships in leading societies, including the American Geriatrics Society, the American College of Physicians, and the Gerontological Society of America. He has been honored with many community service awards.

The Nascher/Manning Award celebrates a geriatrics pioneer like Dr. Johnson, whose work has been foundational for the AGS. Ignatz Leo Nascher, MD, was the first clinician to advocate for establishing a specialty focused on the care of older adults.

Past Recipients of the Nascher / Manning Award

2020       Todd Semla, PharmD, MS, AGSF
2018      William Applegate, MD, MPH, MACP, AGSF
                  Thomas Edes, MD, MS
2016      William Hazzard, MD, AGSF
2014      Paul McGann, MD
2012      Joseph G Ouslander, MD AGSF
2010      Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN
2008      Jeffrey B. Halter, MD
2006      Patricia P. Barry, MD, MPH
2004      Kenneth L. Minaker
2002      John Morley, MB, B.Ch
2000      Peter Boling, MD

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