The Southern Medical Association supports excellence in science and education though special awards.

Awards are given to those who demonstrate our mission: "to improve quality of patient care through multispecialty interprofessional education".

Established at the Annual Meeting in 1955, the Distinguished Service Award is presented to a physician in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical science and/or the Association. This award may be given annually to any association member, individual, or group for their dedication to a chosen profession, whose achievements have had a positive impact on medicine and/or the Association.

1959
Tom Douglas Spies, MD
Birmingham, AL

1960
Nicholas C. Hightower, Jr., MD
Temple, TX

1961
Henry H. Turner, MD
Oklahoma City, OK

1962
Howard L. Holley, MD
Birmingham, AL

1963
Joe M. Brigadier General
Blumberg, MD

1967
Julian M. Ruffin, MD
Durham, NC

1970
Grace Goldsmith, MD
New Orleans, LA

1972
John T. Galambos, MD
Atlanta, GA

1973
Stanley J. Dudrick, MD
Houston, TX

1974
H. Harlan Stone, MD
Atlanta, GA

1974
Robert S. Nelson, MD
Houston, TX

1975
W. Dean Warren, MD
Atlanta, GA

1976
John S. Fordtran, MD
Dallas, TX

1980
Elliot Weser, MD
San Antonio, TX

1981
Constance Pittman, MD
Birmingham, AL

1982
Hiram C. Polk, MD
Louisville, KY

1983
Addison B. Scoville, Jr., MD
Nashville, TN

1984
Edward M. Copeland, III, MD
Gainesville, FL

1986
James M. Moss, MD
Alexandria, VA

1987
J. Claude Bennett, MD
Birmingham, AL

1988
Albert L. Hyman, MD
New Orleans, LA

1990
Paul G. McDonough, MD
Augusta, GA

1991
Vardarman M. Buckalew, Jr., MD
Winston-Salem, NC

1992
Basil I. Hirschowitz, MD
Birmingham, AL

1993
Buris R. Boshell, MD
Birmingham, AL

199
James A. Pittman, Jr., MD
Birmingham, AL

1995
Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD
Houston, TX

1996
David A. Clark, MD
New Orleans, LA

1997
Samuel Eichold, MD
Mobile, AL

1998
Alan L. Buchman, MD
Houston, TX

2002
David S. H. Bell, MD
Birmingham, AL

2003
Aaron I. Vinik, MD
Norfolk, VA

2004
James W. Anderson, MD
Lexington, KY

2010
James R. Sowers, MD
Columbia, MO

Established during the 1961 Annual Meeting, the Original Research Award is presented to a physician in recognition of original research in clinical medicine or the basic sciences as applied to medicine. The Dr. Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Original Research Award may be given annually to an association member in recognition of original research in clinical medicine or the basic sciences as applied to medicine.

1968
Donald E. McCollum, MD
Durham, NC

1968
Robert S. Matthews, MD
Greenville, SC

1968
Michael T. O'Neill, MD
Durham, NC

1973
Gilbert H. Fletcher, MD
Houston, TX

1974
John W. Kirklin, MD
Birmingham, AL

1975
Cornelia P. Channing, PhD
Baltimore, MD

1978
Bruce Schoenberg, MD
Bethesda, MD

1980
George W. Molnar, PhD
Little Rock, AR

1981
John Barry McCraw, MD
Norfolk, VA

1983
Howard W. Jones, MD
Norfolk, VA

1983
Georgeanna Seegar Jones, MD
Norfolk, VA

1986
Franz H. Messerli, MD
New Orleans, LA

1989
David W. Bilheimer, MD
New Orleans, LA

1990
James A. Roberts, MD
Covington, LA

1992
Joseph G. Sinkovics
Tampa, FL

1993
John J. Costanzi, MD
Austin, TX

1994
Paul C. Gillette, MD
Charleston, SC

1995
R. Neal Garrison, MD
Louisville, KY

1996
Richard W. McCallum, MD
Kansas City, KS

1997
Eugene A. Woltering, MD
New Orleans, LA

1998
Steven D. Wexner, MD
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2000
Mark Abel, MD
Charlottesville, VA

2004
Richard deShazo, MD
Jackson, MS

2005
Razelle Kurzrock, MD
Bellaire, TX

2010
Bogdan Czerniak, MD, PHD
Houston, TX

2011
Mark G. Martens, MD
Neptune, NJ

Established at the New Orleans meeting in 1958, the Seale Harris Award is presented to a physician in recognition of important research accomplishments in the broad field of metabolism, endocrinology, or nutrition, or for significant accomplishments contributing to a better understanding of the chemical changes occurring in disease. The Seale Harris Award may be given annually to an association member in recognition of important research accomplishments in the broad fields of metabolism, endocrinology, and nutrition.

1959
Tom Douglas Spies, MD
Birmingham, AL

1960
Nicholas C. Hightower, Jr., MD
Temple, TX

1961
Henry H. Turner, MD
Oklahoma City, OK

1962
Howard L. Holley, MD
Birmingham, AL

1963
Joe M. Blumberg, MD, Brigadier General

1967
Julian M. Ruffin, MD
Durham, NC

1970
Grace Goldsmith, MD
New Orleans, LA

1972
John T. Galambos, MD
Atlanta, GA

1973
Stanley J. Dudrick, MD
Houston, TX

1974
H. Harlan Stone, MD
Atlanta, GA

1974
Robert S. Nelson, MD
Houston, TX

1975
W. Dean Warren, MD
Atlanta, GA

1976
John S. Fordtran, MD
Dallas, TX

1980
Elliot Weser, MD
San Antonio, TX

1981
Constance Pittman, MD
Birmingham, AL

1982
Hiram C. Polk, MD
Louisville, KY

1983
Addison B. Scoville, Jr., MD
Nashville, TN

1984
Edward M. Copeland, III, MD
Gainesville, FL

1986
James M. Moss, MD
Alexandria, VA

1987
J. Claude Bennett, MD
Birmingham, AL

1988
Albert L. Hyman, MD
New Orleans, LA

1990
Paul G. McDonough, MD
Augusta, GA

1991
Vardarman M. Buckalew, Jr., MD
Winston-Salem, NC

1992
Basil I. Hirschowitz, MD
Birmingham, AL

1993
Buris R. Boshell, MD
Birmingham, AL

199
James A. Pittman, Jr., MD
Birmingham, AL

1995
Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD
Houston, TX

1996
David A. Clark, MD
New Orleans, LA

1997
Samuel Eichold, MD
Mobile, AL

1998
Alan L. Buchman, MD
Houston, TX

2002
David S. H. Bell, MD
Birmingham, AL

2003
Aaron I. Vinik, MD
Norfolk, VA

2004
James W. Anderson, MD
Lexington, KY

2010
James R. Sowers, MD
Columbia, MO