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".

Not Currently Taking Nominations

Distinguished Service Award

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.

Distinguished Service Award Recipients

1956
Curtice Rosser, MD
Dallas, TX

1957
Kenneth M. Lynch, MD
Charleston, SC

1958
T.W. Moore, MD
Huntington, WV

1959
R.L. Sanders, MD
Memphis, TN

1960
Everett S. Lain, MD
Oklahoma City, OK

1961
George E. Burch, MD
New Orleans, LA

1962
Wilburt C. Davison, MD
Durham, NC

1963
Fount Richardson, MD
Fayetteville, AR

1964
Hollis E. Johnson, MD
Nashville, TN

1965
Milford O. Rouse, MD
Dallas, TX

1967
Robert D. Moreton, MD
Houston, TX

1968
M. Pinson Neal, Sr., MD
Columbia, MO

1969
R. H. Kampmeier, MD
Nashville, TN

1970
Joe T. Nelson, MD
Weatherford, TX

1971
Seymour F. Ochsner, MD
New Orleans, LA

1972
Charles M. Caravati, MD
Richmond, VA

1973
Edgar Hull, MD
Pascagoula, MS

1974
Woodard D. Beacham, MD
New Orleans, LA

1975
George H. Yeager, MD
Baltimore, MD

1976
J. Garber Galbraith, MD
Birmingham, AL

1977
Harris D. Riley, Jr., MD
Oklahoma City, OK

1978
N.C. Hightower, Jr., MD
Temple, TX

1979
Margaret S. Klapper, MD
Birmingham, AL

1980
Howard L. Holley, MD
Birmingham, AL

1981
Walter C. Jones, MD
Coral Gables, FL

1982
George M. Haik, MD
New Orleans, LA

1983
Phillip W. Voltz, Jr., MD
San Antonio, TX

1984
H. William Scott, Jr., MD
Nashville, TN

1985
James C. Tanner, Jr., MD
Atlanta, GA

1986
John Adriani, MD
New Orleans, LA

1987
John B. Thomison, MD
Nashville, TN

1988
Albert C. Esposito, MD
Huntington, WV

1989
Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD
Louisville, KY

1990
Lenox D. Baker, MD
Durham, NC

1991
G. Thomas Jansen, MD
Little Rock, AR

1992
Charles E. Horton, MD
Norfolk, VA

1993
Edward T. Krementz, MD
New Orleans, LA

1994
M. Pinson Neal, Jr., MD
Richmond, VA

1995
J. Leonard Goldner, MD
Durham, NC

1996
Thomas B. Dameron, Jr., MD
Raleigh, NC

1997
James E. Davis, MD
Durham, NC

1998
C. Thorpe Ray, MD
New Orleans, LA

1999
H. Mac Vandiviere, MD
Lancaster, KY

2000
Robert E. Pickard, MD
South Miami, FL

2001
Jack C. Hughston, MD
Columbus, GA

2002
George S. Ellis, Sr., MD
New Orleans, LA

2003
J. Patrick O'Leary, MD
New Orleans, LA

2004
J. Lee Dockery, MD
Gainesville, FL

2005
J. Graham Smith, Jr., MD
Mobile, AL

2006
John B. Lynch, MD
Nashville, TN

2007
James C. Waites, MD
Laurel, MS

2008
Hugh E. Stephenson, Jr., MD
Columbia, MO

2009
Jean Edwards Holt, MD, MPH
San Antonio, TX

2010
Louis A. Cancellaro, MD, PHD
Johnson City, TN

2010
Stanley G. Shaffer, MD
Haiti

2011
David C. Jacks, MD
Pine Bluff, AR

Original Research Award

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.

Original Research Award Recipients

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

Seale Harris Award

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.

Seale Harris Award Recipients

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