Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award for Devotion of a Career in Internal Medicine to the Care of Patients
In honor of: The late Ralph O. Claypoole Sr., first administrator of the College’s membership insurance programs
The award is given to an outstanding practitioner of internal medicine who has devoted his or her career to the care of patients. The practitioner must be a clinician who is highly respected by his or her peers and colleagues for clinical skills and who has been a role model as a member of a clinical faculty of a department of medicine.
The Awards Committee welcomes supporting letters for the nominee from patients. For letters of support from patients, please describe how this physician made a difference in your care and what makes him or her unique compared to other practitioners from whom you have received care.
Nominating and supporting letters should address:
- In what way has this physician demonstrated excellence in and devotion to the clinical care of patients? Did the contributions of this nominee merit local, state, national, or international recognition?
- How have the characteristics of the nominee that have made him/her a role model influenced your approach to clinical care?
1981 R.H. Kampmeier, Nashville, Tennessee
1982 William Paul Thompson, Los Angeles, California
1983 Quin B. DeMarsh, Edmonds, Washington
1984 Aaron Feder, New York, New York
1985 Mast Wolfson, Monterey, California
1986 Irving A. Beck, Providence, Rhode Island
1987 Gerald I. Plitman (Posthumous), Memphis, Tennessee
1988 Max S. Allen, Overland Park, Kansas
1989 Fred Heath Hanold, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1990 Michael M. Karl, St. Louis, Missouri
1991 Ralph Tompsett, Dallas, Texas
1992 John F. Burnum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1993 Carl E. Bartecchi, Pueblo, Colorado
1993 Chester Cassel, Miami, Florida
1994 James R. Webster Jr., Chicago, Illinois
1995 Edward C. Rosenow, Rochester, Minnesota
1996 Alan L. Gordon, Paradise Valley, Arizona
1997 J. J. Kirschenfeld, Montgomery, Alabama
1998 Edward Shapiro, Los Angeles, California
1999 Ronald H. Smith, Billings, Montana
2000 Bernard H. Adelson, Glencoe, Illinois
2001 Arthur W. Feinberg, Manhasset, New York
2002 Somsak Bhitiyakul, Kingston, New York
2003 Felix Wimpfheimer, Bronx, New York
2004 Alfred E. Stillman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2005 Alva Bowen Weir Jr., Memphis, Tennessee
2006 Warren W. Furey, Chicago, Illinois
2007 James E. Cimino, Bronx, New York
2008 Alvin J. Thompson, Mercer Island, Washington
2009 Israel J. Flance, St. Louis, Missouri
2010 Melvin R. Kaplan, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
2011 Joseph V. Messer, Glencoe, Illinois
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