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Chapter Centennial Legacy Award

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The Chapter Centennial Legacy Award celebrates ACP's centennial by recognizing one seminal chapter member whose service to the chapter had a significant impact on the chapter's viability. This individual should exemplify ACP's core values including:

  • Leadership
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Professionalism
  • Responsibility

Read about the state awardee and join us in congratulating him.


The Arkansas Chapter nominates Dr. Joseph Bates as the Centennial Award recipient. Dr. Bates' first career was in academics as a pulmonary disease specialist and chairman of the department of medicine at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, AR. His second career has been as the Deputy Director and Chief Science Officer of the Arkansas Department of Health where he has served since his retirement from teaching. Many improvements have been made in Arkansas to the public health as a result of his efforts in this position.

Dr. Bates authored many papers and is best known for his sentinel achievement of proving that tuberculosis could be treated outside of the hospital or sanitarium. This changed treatment of this disease throughout the world.

As a teacher he has taught thousands of students. As a researcher, he has saved many lives and affected the practice of medicine all over the world. He is a Master of the College, a former Governor of the Arkansas Chapter, a prior winner of our chapter's Abernathy Laureate Award, winner of the Askepion Award from the Arkansas Medical Society, and the winner of many other honors throughout his distinguished career.

Dr. Bates' name is synonymous with the highest values of our profession and he is richly deserving of this award.

More about the Chapter Centennial Legacy Award:
Award Booklet - full listing of winners
Press Release Template - for Chapter use