The Excellence in Medicine Awards (frequently known as the Leadership Awards) are accolades presented annually by the American Medical Association Foundation to recognize excellence of a select group of physicians and medical students who exemplify the medical profession’s highest values: commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership and dedication to patient care. The AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Awards are considered the "Oscars" within the medical community.
The awards are highly covered in the medical news world. They are also recognized widely in traditional media outlets. Past recipients have been from diverse institutions including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, University of Colorado, UCLA, Georgetown, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The recipients of these awards obtain national recognition for their dedication and leadership in medicine, along with grants and funding for their projects.
This award recognizes the work of a U.S. physician who demonstrates altruism, compassion, integrity, leadership skills and personal sacrifice while providing excellent health care to a destitute, distressed or marginalized population in an impoverished community.
This award recognizes the work of a physician who demonstrates active and productive improvement to the medical profession.
Aiding underserved U. S. Patients
The Pride in the Profession Awards honor physicians whose lives encompass the true spirit of being a medical professional: caring for people. By practicing medicine in areas of challenge or crisis, or by devoting their time to volunteerism or public service, these physicians serve as the voice of patients in the United States who otherwise might not be heard.
Improving health care globally
Named for the founder of the AMA, the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine recognizes physicians whose influence reach the international patient population and change the future of their medical care. By treating, educating and counseling patients beyond the U. S. border, the physician’s work is having a positive impact on health care in the global arena.
Developing leaders in medicine
This award recognizes exceptional medical professionals who go beyond the medical practice to positively influence health care. Through organized medicine and community activities, these individuals from different stages of the physician training make a difference in the quality of health care and organized medicine.
The Leadership Awards are presented to 10 medical students and 5 early career physicians highly selected from across the United States to recognize their outstanding leadership in the areas of advocacy, community service and/or education.
The 2015 recipients, in alphabetical order, are: Mitra Daneshvar; Patrick Davis; Eric Eting, MD MPH; Latha Ganri, MD; Kristy Hawley, MPH; Harrison Hayward; Nikan Khatibi, DO; Jay Kumar; Jillian Wong Millsop, MD MS; Peter Mittwede; Vinod Nambudiri, MD MBA; Christian Pean; Kushyup Shah; Divya Sharma; Christos Theophanous.
The 2016 recipients, in alphabetical order, are: Annalise O. Abiodun, MD, Greater Baltimore Medical Center; Rohit Abraham, Michigan State University College of Medicine; Eric James Chow, MD, Brown University; Anupriya Dayal, Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Olatokunbo Famakinwa, MD, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Cherie Fathy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Oswaldo Hasbún Avalos, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Leedor Lieberman, Wayne State University School of Medicine; David A. Nissan, MD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Ravi Bharat Parikh, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Hunter Pattison, University of Florida College of Medicine; Christa Pulvino, Tulane University School of Medicine; Nikita Saxena, Boston University School of Medicine; Aleesha Shaik, Drexel University College of Medicine; Christiana Shoushtari, University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Medicine
The 2017 awardees are: Hasenin Al-khersan, MD; Hyung Cho, MD; Andrew Lee Chu; Brian Coburn, PhD; Brooke Dugdale; Sara Lyn Orr Dusing, MD; Phillip J. Hsu; Vaidehi Mujumdar; O. Agatha Offojebe; Jennifer Piel, MD, JD; Tyson Charles Schwab MS; Schashank Shekhar Sinha, MD, MSc; Krystal Tomei, MD, MPH; Quentin Riggins Youmans, MD; Alexandria N. Young.
Other notable recipients include Vivek Murthy M.D., Rashid Rashid M.D., Jesse Ehrenfeld M.D., Fatima Cody Stanford M.D., MPH, MPA, Andrew Miller M.D., Anand Reddi, Richard D. Urman M.D., Arturo Loaiza-Bonilla M.D., MSEd, FACP, Andres Deik M.D., MSEd, Shaan Gandhi MD, MBA, and Omar Z. Maniya MD, MBA. 
Senior physician volunteerism
The Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award for Excellence in Volunteerism recognizes the work of senior physicians who provide treatment to U. S. patients who lack access to health care. After a full career of practice, these physicians remain dedicated to the future of medicine through the spirit of volunteerism.
The American Medical Association (AMA), founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of physicians—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the United States.The AMA's mission is "to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health." The Association also publishes the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The AMA also publishes a list of Physician Specialty Codes which are the standard method in the U.S. for identifying physician and practice specialties.
The American Medical Association is governed by a House of Delegates as well as a board of trustees in addition to executive management. The organization maintains the AMA Code of Medical Ethics that is the guide to ethical practice of medicine and the AMA Physician Masterfile containing data on United States Physicians. The Current Procedural Terminology coding system was first published in 1966, and is maintained by the Association. It has also published works such as the Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment and established the American Medical Association Foundation and the American Medical Political Action Committee.Anand Reddi
Anand Reddi is a researcher and global health specialist. He is known for his scholarly work on U.S. Global Health Policy including the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). His basic science research focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in skin squamous cell cancer tumor initiation and metastasis. In 2005, Reddi was a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa. He served on the board of directors of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation from 2009-11.Andrew Miller (physician)
Andrew Miller is a physician and scientist noted for his work in H1N1. He was one of the first to note the increased risk to pregnant patients, as well as a recipient of the AMA Foundation Leadership Award.Jesse Ehrenfeld
Jesse Menachem Ehrenfeld (born 1978) is an American physician. Ehrenfeld is Chair-elect of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees and the Joseph A. Johnson, Jr., Distinguished Leadership Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery, Biomedical Informatics & Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is also a former Speaker of the Massachusetts Medical Society, where he was the youngest officer in the 228-year history of the organization. He is also a former Vice-President of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists. The inaugural recipient on the NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Award from the NIH Director, Ehrenfeld has been recognized for his contributions to advancing health equity. A 2008 recipient of the AMA Foundation Leadership Award, Ehrenfeld is a researcher in the field of biomedical informatics. Ehrenfeld's research interests include bioinformatics and the application of information technology to increase quality, reliability and patient safety. Ehrenfeld's work has led to the presentation of over 200 abstracts at national/international meetings and the publication of over 175 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Systems, and is a fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.Ronald P. Rapini
Ronald P. Rapini, M.D., is an American dermatologist and dermatopathologist. He is the Josey Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center.