ACP Awards and Masterships

Congratulations to the following PA-ACP members for being honored with ACP awards for 2022-23. More information about ACP awards and Masterships can be found here.


Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the American College of Physicians
Charles Cutler, MD, MACP
Merion Station, Pennsylania


Amy L. Davis, DO, MACP
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Thomas C. Grau, MD, MACP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Louis E. Leff, MD, MACP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD, MACP
Penn Valley, Pennsylvania

Congratulations to Our 2023 Regional Award Winners!

Congratulations to Our 2023 Overall PA Chapter Doctors Dilemma Winner - Albert Einstein Medical Center!

PA-ACP Chapter Awards

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Chapter Awards!  

Dr. Ann Preston Women in Medicine Award

Started in 2019, the Pennsylvania ACP Chapter Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine recognizes a Chapter member, male or female, whose outstanding efforts and achievements have promoted the career success, leadership, and overall quality of life for women in medicine. This member deserves recognition for their accomplishments and dedication to fostering tomorrow’s women leaders in medicine. The award is named after Ann Preston (1813-1872). She lived her whole life in Philadelphia and was a true medical pioneer. She was in the first class of women who enrolled in the Female (later Women's) Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1850. She was appointed a professor of Physiology and Hygiene in 1853. After the Board of Censors of the Philadelphia Medical Society effectively banned women physicians from the public teaching clinics of the city, she raised funds to start a new hospital where teaching could occur. The Womens Hospital opened in 1858. She later created a school of nursing and she was named the first woman dean of the Women's Medical College in 1866. Read more about Dr. Ann Preston here:

2023 Winners

Erin McFadden, MD (Eastern Region)
Lisa M. Bellini, MD, MACP (Southeastern Region)


2022 Winners

Shaden Eldaker-Hein, MD, MS, FACP (Eastern Region)
Elizabeth Leilani Lee, MD, MBS, FACP (Southeastern Region)
Saba Waseem, MD, FACP (Western Region)

2021 Winner

Margot I. Boigon, MD FACP (Southeastern Region)


Edith Mitchell, MD, MACP (Southeastern Region)

Laureate Award

The Laureate Award honors those Fellows or Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research, and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians.

The awardees shall be senior physicians who are Fellows or Masters of long-standing, with acknowledged excellence and peer approval in the field of internal medicine.  In addition, the awardees should have served the Chapter with distinction.  Exceptional circumstances may modify these requirements.

2023 Winners

Navneet Dang, MD, MBA, MS, CPE, FACP (Eastern Region)
Amy L. Davis, DO, MACP (Southeastern Region)
Jennifer A Corbelli, MD, FACP (Western Region)

2021 Winners

Anthony Donato, MD, MACP (Eastern Region)
William D. Surkis, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)
Anastasios Kapetanos, MD, FACP (Western Region)


Eric J Anish, MD, FACP (Western Region)
Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP (Southeastern Region)

Thomas Olenginski, MD (Eastern Region)
Judith Black, MD, FACP (Western Region)
Lia Logio, MD, MACP (Southeastern Region)

Clinical Practice Award

This award was created to recognize a senior member internist for service as an excellent clinical practitioner for patients, the community and the profession.  Qualities that might be recognized include long-time excellence in a practice setting providing patient-centered care, being known for collaboration with colleagues, serving as an excellent consultant to colleagues, being known as a leader in her/his medical community or community of residence, and serving as an excellent role model for colleagues. 

Any active member who meets these or similar criteria can be nominated for this award.

2023 Winners

David D. Reynolds. MD, AGAF (Eastern Region)
Robert K Cato, MD FACP (Southeastern Region)

2022 Winners

Richard L. Weinberger, DO, FACP (Eastern Region)
Kevin Zakrzewski, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)
Erika Hoffman, MD, FACP (Western Region)

2021 Winners

Saurabh Sharma, MD, FACP, FACC, FASE (Eastern Region)
John M. Spandorfer, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)

Noel Ballentine, MD FACP (Eastern Region)
John J Zurlo, MD, (Southeastern Region)

Raghavendra Tirupathi Govindaraju, MBBS, FACP (Western Region)
Jerome Santoro, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)

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​Pressman Award

The Pressman Award for Distinguished Service to Internal Medicine is given annually by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACP to a Pennsylvania internist who best demonstrates a commitment to his/her patients and his/her community as a practicing physician, as a leader within organized medicine, as an advocate for his/her patients and profession, and for extraordinary dedication to the specialty of internal medicine.

This award was first given in 1994 to Robert Pressman for his distinguished service.

2023 Winner

Jodie Bryk, MD (Eastern Region)


Thomas C. Grau, MD, FACP

Darren Taichman, MD, PhD, FACP
Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP

Waxman Award

The Herbert S. Waxman Voluntary Faculty Teaching Award recognizes the most effective and committed internist who has distinguished himself or herself as a member of the voluntary faculty at a teaching hospital or medical school in Pennsylvania.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a board-certified internal medicine physician;
  2. Be active in teaching as a voluntary faculty member for 5 consecutive years or for 8 of 10 years; and
  3. Be nominated by an internal medicine department chairman or residency program director at the institution where he or she teaches, or by a medical student clerkship director at such an institution.

2023 Winner

Wasique Mirza, MBBS, FACP, FASH (Eastern Region)

2022 Winners

Samir Bipin Pancholy, MD (Eastern Region)
Lawrence Mass, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)


2021 Winner

John Hippen, MD, FACP (Eastern Region)

Dipti S Pancholy, MD (Eastern Region)
Joseph A Rigotti, DO, FACP (Southeastern Region)

Armen Sevag, DO (Southeastern Region)

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Special Recognition Award

Occasionally, members are recognized for special contributions which may not fit into one of the specific award categories identified above.

2023 Winners

Richard L. Weinberger, DO, FACP (Eastern Region)
Dimple Patel, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)

2022 Winner

Navneet Singh Dang, MD (Eastern Region)

2021 Winners

Mina Makary, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, BCMAS (Eastern Region)
Brittany MacDonald (Southeastern Region)
Allison S. DeKosky, MD (Western Region)

Joseph Vadakara, MD, FACP (Eastern Region)

David Aizenberg, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)
Mehrshid Kiazand, MD, FACP (Western Region)
Kristian Feterik, MD, FACP (Western Region)
Yan Leyfman (Eastern Region)

Aleesha Shaik (Southeastern Region)
Robert C. Aber, MD, MACP (Eastern Region)
Jennifer G. McComb, MD, FACP (Western Region)

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John Derrickson Early Career Physician Service Excellence Award

The Derrickson Award recognizes an early career physician of the Chapter whose volunteerism, energy, and initiative advanced the mission and goals of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

2023 Winners

Don Mathew, MD (Western Region)
Rehan Saeed, MD (Southeastern Region)
Syed Moez Shah Bukhari, MBBS, MD, MHA (Western Region)

2022 Winners

Sarah Al-Obaydi, MD, MPH (Eastern Region)
Dustin Pardo, MD (Southeastern Region)
Maggie Benson, MD, MS, FACP (Western Region)

2021 Winners 

Alia Chisty, MD, FACP (Eastern Region)
Lily Ackermann, MD (Southeastern Region)
Syed Arsalan Akhter Zaidi, MD, MBBS (Western Region)

Eliana V Hempel, MD, FACP (Eastern Region)
Jillian Zavodnick, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)

David Aizenberg, MD, FACP (Southeastern Region)
​Gaetan Sgro, MD (Western Region)

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