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ASP Awards

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Eric G. Neilson, MD, Leadership in Specialty Internal Medicine Award

About the Award

Named for the association’s founder, the ASP Eric G. Neilson, MD, Leadership in Specialty Internal Medicine Award recognizes a leader who has shaped the internal medicine specialties landscape. The award acknowledges and promotes the work of outstanding leaders who bring about change for specialty medicine and the internal medicine community.

In the spirit of ASP, the Neilson Award recognizes physicians in specialty internal medicine who have led their individual specialty or the entire specialty internal medicine community in one or more of he areas of education research administration, faculty career development, advocacy of internal medicine specialists.

The award is presented annually at Academic Internal Medicine Week and at a meeting of the recipient’s choice.

Nomination Criteria

Special emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s overall contributions to specialty internal medicine as well as the candidate’s involvement in ASP and support of ASP’s mission.

Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are accepted for this award.

A nomination packet must include:

  • One nomination letter.
  • Additional letter supporting the nomination.
    • Please note, the council will consider up to two letters of support in addition to the first letter of support.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
Please note, if a nominee is a current board, council, or executive committee member at the time the award recipient is being selected, they are not eligible for award consideration.

Selection Process

The recipient is selected by the ASP Council. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.

ASP Award Recipients

2021 ASP Eric G. Neilson, MD, Leadership in Specialty Internal Medicine Award

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) will recognize the recipient of the 2021 ASP Eric G. Neilson, MD, Leadership in Specialty Internal Medicine Award, Abraham Thomas, MD, MPH, FACP during AAIM Online 2021, to be held virtually April 6-16.

Named for the association’s founder, the ASP Eric G. Neilson, MD, Leadership in Specialty Internal Medicine Award recognizes a leader who has shaped the internal medicine specialties landscape. The award recognizes physicians in specialty internal medicine who have led their individual specialty or the entire specialty internal medicine community in one or more of the areas of education, research, administration, faculty career development, or advocacy for internal medicine specialists.

Dr. Thomas’ nominators explained “his ability to influence others for the good of individuals that results in advancement of healthcare and academic medicine was notable in our interactions on committees for Association of Specialty Professors (ASP) and later the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). He has contributed as a prior Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director, Division Chief of Endocrinology and Chair of Internal Medicine. He is collaborative as evidenced by his presentations with AIM as well as practical as evidenced by his successes with his division and department.”

His nominators describe him as having “a well-deserved and international reputation that significantly influences medicine” and note “his professional accomplishments in academic medicine are commendable and represent the mission of ASP.”

Dr. Thomas is currently Chair of the Department of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate; he also serves as Co-Chief Medical Officer at BeHealthy Partnership.

A member of ASP since 2006, Dr. Thomas is a former ASP President and member of various ASP and AAIM committees.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Thomas served as Chair of Medicine at New York University Lutheran Medical Center. He earned his MD from Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons and his MPH from

Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency and fellowship in endocrinology from at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.