2015 AMCNO Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) held its Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation on Friday, April 24, at the Wyndham Cleveland. One of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the John H. Budd, MD, Distinguished Membership Award to Stanton L. Gerson, MD. Dr. Gerson received the award in recognition of his cutting-edge cancer research and exemplary leadership skills, as well as for his commitment and dedication to the medical community in Cleveland and to the AMCNO.

The Charles L. Hudson, MD, Award waspresented to David L. Bronson, MD, in recognition of his work as a physician leader in the Northern Ohio community as well as in appreciation for his longstanding involvement in organized medicine at the regional and national levels. The Clinician of the Year Award was bestowed upon Richard L. Stein, MD, in recognition of his contributions to clinical medicine and his service to his patients over many years that have reflected the highest ideals and ethics of, and personal devotion to, the medical profession.

Joan J. Papp, MD, received theSpecial Honors Award in recognition of her work in fighting heroin addiction in Cuyahoga County through Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone), and for her efforts to achieve passage of legislation to allow those in position to help heroin addicts receive naloxone prescriptions. 

Anthony E. Bacevice, Jr., MD, waspresented the Outstanding Service Award in recognition of his assistance to the AMCNO through his work with the Healthlines program and the statewide health information exchange, as well as his longstanding commitment to the AMCNO and the Academy of Medicine Education Foundation (AMEF). 

The Honorable George V. Voinovich received the Honorary Membership Award for his many years of public service to Ohio’s citizens—as Mayor of the City of Cleveland, Governor and U.S. Senator. His outstanding contributions certainly deserve recognition by the AMCNO’s physicians and the Northern Ohio community.

Terry Allan and Toinette Parrilla each received a Special Recognition Award for their outstanding work with local hospitals and physicians during the Ebola crisis response. Their work was of great importance to the health and welfare of our community.

Kimberly C. Anderson, Esq., received the Presidential Citation Award for her efforts over the past year to provide physicians in our community with information and training on issues of importance to the medical profession, as well as for her efforts to support and promote a working relationship between the AMCNO and the State Medical Board of Ohio.

In addition, the AMEF bestowed the John A. Bastulli, MD, Philanthropy Award upon Victor M. Bello, MD. The AMEF also awarded six $5,000 scholarships to medical students from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Ohio University College of Medicine, and the Northeast Ohio Medical University. This was the 10th year that scholarship monies were presented to recipients as part of the program at the AMCNO’s Annual Meeting, with students and their respective families in attendance. And, as always, physician members celebrating their 50th anniversary of their medical school graduation were honored during the program as well. Following the ceremony, outgoing President James M. Coviello, MD, passed the AMCNO gavel for the 2015-2016 term to incoming President Matthew E. Levy, MD.

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