AGS Honors Expert & Emerging Geriatrics Leaders of 2020

New York (May 8, 2020)—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. 

Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGS announced that awardees would be honored at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, May 13-15 (pre-conference program on May 12), in Chicago, Ill.

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

  • Rasheeda Hall, MD (Duke University)
  • Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh, BAO (University of Rochester Medical Center)

Choosing Wisely® Champion Award

  • Thomas Finucane, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital)

Clinician of the Year Award

  • James Lin, DO, MS, MHSA (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Institute)

Clinical Student Research Award

  • Vanessa Ho, MS (California Northstate University College of Medicine)

David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award

  • West Health

Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award

  • John B. Murphy, MD (Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Lifespan, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University)

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

  • Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF (Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine)

Edward Henderson Student Award

  • Natalie Richmond (University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill)

Health in Aging Foundation New Investigator Awards

  • Ashwin Kotwal, MD, MS (UCSF)
  • Daniel Parker, MD (Duke University)
  • Adam Simning, MD, PhD (University of Rochester)
  • Andrew Zullo, PharmD, ScM, PhD (Brown University School of Public Health)

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

  • Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MSc (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
  • Nazema Siddiqui, MD, MHSc (Duke University Medical Center)

Nascher/Manning Award

  • Todd Semla, PharmD, MS, AGSF (Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University)

Outstanding Junior Clinician Education Manuscript Award

  • Marcia Mecca, MD (Yale University)

Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award

  • Nina Blachman, MD, MHPE (New York University)

Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

  • Andrew Cohen, MD, DPhil (Yale University)

Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award

  • Anil Makam, MD, MAS (UCSF)

Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year Award

  • Mandi Sehgal, MD (Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine)

Scientist-in-Training Research Award

  • Deborah Mack, MPH (University of Massachusetts)

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

  • Alexander K. Smith, MD, MPH (UCSF)

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. Following the cancellation of the 2020 gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 3,000 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, healthcare administrators, and others will convene next year from May 13-15 (pre-conference program on May 12), in Chicago, Ill., to advance geriatrics knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations. For more information, visit