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Each year, AAPM&R takes time to honor pioneering physiatrists, clinicians, researchers, and public servants who have made significant contributions to both the specialty and to individuals with disabilities and vulnerable populations at risk for disabilities. Please join the Academy in honoring our 2020 award winners at the Virtual Annual Assembly!

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2020 Award Recipients

2020 Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve M. Gnatz, MD, MHA, FAAPMR

Steve M. Gnatz, MD, MHA, FAAPMR

Dr. Steve Gnatz is the Chief Medical Officer for Integrated Rehab Consultants, a nationwide group of physiatrists who specialize in post-acute rehabilitation in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, and completed his internship and residency in PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he served as Co-Chief Resident.

After completing his residency, Dr. Gnatz became an Academy Fellow in 1988 and has remained active over the past 32 years. He has held numerous positions including Past President from 2007-current; President from 2005-2006; President-Elect from 2004-2005; Vice President from 2003-2004; Treasurer from 2000-2003; Member-at-Large from 1999-2000; Awards Committee from 2003-2004 and again from 2009-2010; Finance Committee from 2000-2003 and again from 2009-2012; Investment Committee from 2009-2012; and Program Planning Sub-committee from 1995-2000. For several years, Dr. Gnatz led the Preparing Yourself for Physiatric Practice preconference course at the Annual Assembly.

Dr. Gnatz is board-certified in PM&R and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a skilled administrator and holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Missouri. He is a well-respected teacher and former Professor and Chairman of the Department of PM&R at the University of Missouri. He is a founding member of the Foundation for PM&R and its first Treasurer. He served nine years total on the Foundation’s Board with an additional two years on the Friends of the Foundation.

He has examined for both the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and is a past President of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.

Dr. Gnatz is an avid lecturer. His 20-page CV lists more than 100 presentations he’s given to audiences of all types on a wide variety of topics. He has authored more than 47 published abstracts and peer-reviewed articles, including the well-regarded book, EMG Basics. Throughout his career, Dr. Gnatz has received numerous awards and commendations.

2020 PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship

Monica E. Rho, MD, FAAPMR

Monica E. Rho, MD, FAAPMR

Dr. Monica Rho is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she serves as the Director of Residency Training for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also the Chief of Musculoskeletal Medicine for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). She is board-certified in Sports Medicine and PM&R. Dr. Rho is the head team physician for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and was part of the 2019 Women’s World Cup Championship Team in France. She is the former head team physician for the U.S. Men’s Paralympic Soccer National Team and accompanied them to the Rio 2016 Paralympics. She currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board for U.S. Soccer.

She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and completed her medical degree and her residency training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She did her Sports Medicine fellowship within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Rho was previously funded by a National Institute of Health K12 grant to study the neuromuscular control of the hip in femoroacetabular impingement. She has presented her research nationally and internationally.

2020 Distinguished Member Award

Joseph E. Burris, MD, FAAPMR

Joseph E. Burris, MD, FAAPMRDr. Joseph Burris is the Vice Chair of Academics and Research and Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the Department of Physical Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and holds a BS in biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as a graduate degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. An AAPM&R member since 1998, Dr. Burris has served on several Academy committees including the Program Planning Committee (2008-2015), the Vertical Stroke Planning Committee (2014-2016) and chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (2017 to present). He is a well-respected lecturer and has authored numerous articles and research abstracts. Dr. Burris received Physician Teacher of the Year, Department of Physical Medicine and  Rehabilitation, honors in 2011, 2007-08, 2005-06, 2003-04.


Andrea L. Cheville, MD, MSCE, FAAPMR

Andrea L. Cheville, MD, MSCE, FAAPMRDr. Andrea Cheville is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She received her MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and her Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Her areas of clinical and research interest are lymphedema and cancer rehabilitation, palliative medicine, and patient-reported outcomes. She is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, and Palliative Care. Dr. Cheville has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She was elected to the National Institute of Medicine in October 2016.




Ross D. Zafonte, DO, FAAPMR

Ross D. Zafonte, DO, FAAPMR

Dr. Ross Zafonte is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Dr. Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care. Dr. Zafonte’s work is presently funded by the NIH, DOD, NIDILRR, and The Football Players Health Study at Harvard. He is currently directing several large clinical treatment trials and has traveled to Afghanistan to work with the military. He is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and book chapters, and has overseen institutional and clinical finances in a variety of settings for nearly twenty years. In addition, he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurotrauma. He has previously served on the founding editorial board of PM&R. He has served the Academy as a member of the National Quality- Forum and previously received the Walter Zeiter Lectureship in 2006.

2020 Distinguished Public Service Award

Stuart J. Glassman, MD, MBA, FAAPMR

Stuart J. Glassman, MD, MBA, FAAPMR

Dr. Stuart Glassman is a board-certified physiatrist, owner and president of Granite Physiatry, a solo PM&R general practice based in Concord, New Hampshire. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of PM&R at Tufts University School of Medicine. Advocacy for patients and physicians at the state and national level has been a major focus of his career. Dr. Glassman is a Past President of the New Hampshire Medical Society, and was a member of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Disability. He has served on numerous advocacy committees and councils within the Academy, including the Health Policy and Legislation Committee, the State Society President’s Council, the Quality, Practice and Policy Committee, the Innovative Payment and Practice Models Committee, the State Advocacy Committee, the Public and Professional Awareness Committee, and the Board of Governors. He has been a national trustee for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, and was Chair of the National Physicians Advisory Board for HealthSouth Corporation. He is currently one of AAPM&R’s national Delegates to the American Medical Association, and is Vice-Chair for the AMA’s PM&R Section Council. Most recently, he has used his financial MBA knowledge to assist and educate colleagues who were applying for COVID-19 economic relief and CARES Act funding, becoming a "financial first-responder."

Julie K. Silver, MD, FAAPMR

Julie K. Silver, MD, FAAPMR

Dr. Julie Silver is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silver has held numerous leadership positions and is a start-up company founder. She was named the Top Innovator in Medicine in 2012 by The Boston Globe; the same year her start-up company was listed by Bloomberg/Businessweek as one of the most promising social enterprise companies. Dr. Silver has been an integral part of developing the new Spaulding Research Institute—from conception to launch. Her own research and clinical work has focused on improving gaps in the delivery of healthcare services, particularly cancer rehabilitation. She has published many scientific reports and is well-known for her ground-breaking work on “impairmentdriven cancer rehabilitation” which was initially published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Dr. Silver co-founded the Cancer Rehabilitation Group for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine—a research-focused interdisciplinary professional society. She is committed to improving healthcare for oncology patients and developed a best practices model for cancer rehabilitation care that hundreds of U.S. hospitals adopted.

2020 AAPM&R Awards Committee

Deborah A. Venesy, MD, FAAPMR

Deborah A. Venesy, MD, FAAPMR, Chair

Christina Y. Lee, MD, FAAPMR

Christina Y. Lee, MD, FAAPMR, Member

A. Deniz Ozel, MD, FAAPMR

A. Deniz Ozel, MD, FAAPMR, Member

Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA, FAAPMR

Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA, FAAPMR, Member

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