AGS Honors Expert & Emerging Geriatrics Leaders at 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS19)

New York (April 16, 2019)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) annually honors researchers, clinicians, educators, and emerging health professionals who have made outstanding contributions to high-quality, person-centered care for older people. This year’s award recipients include more than 20 leaders representing the breadth of disciplines championing care for us all as we age.

Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine Who are Focused on the Care of Older Adults

  • Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS (Yale School of Medicine)

Choosing Wisely® Champion Award

  • Rebecca Dobert (Baystate Medical Center)

Clinician of the Year Award

  • Kellie Flood, MD (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Clinical Student Research Award

  • Smrithi Sukumar (University of California, San Francisco)

David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award

  • Arti Hurria, MD (City of Hope)

Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award

  • Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP (University of Maryland School of Pharmacy)

Edward Henderson Award & Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture

  • Laura Mosqueda, MD, AGSF (Keck School of Medicine of USC)

Edward Henderson Student Award

  • Elizabeth M. Bloemen, MPH (University of Colorado School of Medicine)

Health in Aging Foundation New Investigator Awards

  • Marlon J.R. Aliberti, MD (University of Sao Paulo Medical School)
  • Claire K. Ankuda, MD, MPH, MSc (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
  • Rasheeda Hall, MD, MBA, MHS (Duke University School of Medicine)
  • Carolyn J. Presley, MD, MHS (Ohio State University)

Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical & Related Medical Specialties

  • Courtney Balentine, MD, MPH (University of Texas Southwestern)
  • Candace Yvonne Parker-Autry, MD (Wake Forest School of Medicine)

Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award

  • Skotti Church, MD (University of Colorado School of Medicine)

Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

  • Nancy L. Schoenborn, MD, MHS (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award

  • Victoria L. Tang, MD, MAS (University of California, San Francisco)

Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year Award

  • Colleen Christmas, MD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

Scientist-in-Training Research Award

  • Minakshi Raj, MPH (University of Michigan Medical School)

State Affiliate Achievement Awards

  • Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians

Thomas & Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation

  • Amy Kind, MD, PhD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)

About the American Geriatrics Society

Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has—for more than 75 years—worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit

About the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting

The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. More than 2,500 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, healthcare administrators, and others will convene May 2-4, 2019 (pre-conference program on May 1), at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., to advance geriatrics knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations. For more information, visit