Awards

Awards are presented annually at the fall conference to obesity medicine clinicians whose outstanding achievements are deserving of special recognition.

Join us at the Overcoming Obesity 2022 Conference in Anaheim, CA, as we reveal and recognize our award winners and honor their outstanding achievements.

Previous Award Winners

Our 2021 award winners were revealed and recognized on September 24, 2021, as part of the Overcoming Obesity 2021 Conference in Chicago, IL.

  • Committee Leadership Award
  • Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award
  • Dr. Raymond E. Dietz Meritorious Service Award
  • Dr. Vernon B. Astler Award
  • Steelman-Seim Educator Award for Excellence in Academics
  • Committee Leadership Award

    Committee Leadership Award

    Recognizes outstanding contributions by one or more individuals who worked on a committee-driven project and furthered an initiative on behalf of OMA.

    2021 Recipient:
    Sara Karjoo, MD

    Past Recipients:
    2020 – Lisa Ferreira, MD, FOMA | 2019 -Sam Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA | 2018 – Marisa Censani, MD, FOMA | 2017 – Karli Burridge, PA-C, FOMA | 2016 – Suzanne Cuda, MD, FAAP, FOMA | 2015 – Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA | 2014 – Harold E. Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACE, FNLA | 2013 – Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FOMA | 2012 – Stephen Sudderth, MD, and Lisa Sudderth

  • Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award

    Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award

    Presented in honor of Dr. Lindner, a gifted teacher, who worked with the scientific community to further the mission of OMA and achieve recognition of its members.

    2021 Recipient: Allan Hardy, MD

    Past Recipients: 2020 – Bharti Sheyte, MD, FOMA, DABOM | 2019 – Harold Bays, MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA | 2017 – Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA | 2016 – Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA | 2015 – Frank Greenway, MD, FOMA | 2014 – Scott R. Rigden, MD, FAAFP, MFOMA | 1991 – W. L. Asher, MD, MFOMA

  • Dr. Raymond E. Dietz Meritorious Service Award

    Dr. Raymond E. Dietz Meritorious Service Award

    In honor of Dr. Dietz, a pioneer, this award recognizes an individual who has made continuing contributions to OMA.

    2021 Recipient: Lori Wenz, NP-C, BC-ADM

    Past Recipients: 2020 – Karlijn Burridge, PA-C, FOMA | 2019 – Lydia Alexander, MD, FOMA | 2018 – Sam Christensen, MSN, ARNP, FOMA | 2017 – Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA | 2016 – Amy Articolo, DO, FACOOG | 2015 – Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA | 2014 – Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA | 2013 – Ed J. Hendricks, MD, MFOMA | 2012 – Harold C. Seim, MD, MPH, MFOMA | 2011 – Jeffrey Lawrence, MD, MSPH, ScD | 2010 – Larry Richardson, MD, MFOMA | 2009 – Scott R. Rigden, MD, FAAFP, MFOMA | 2007 – J. Tom Cooper, MD, MPH, MFOMA | 2006 – W. L. Asher, MD, MFOMA | 2004 – G. Michael Steelman, MD, MFOMA | 2003 – Eneida Roldan, MD, MPH, MFOMA | 2002 – D. Frank Johnson, MD, FACP | 2001 – Harold C. Seim, MD, MPH, MFOMA | 2000 – Vernon B. Astler, MD, MS, FACS | 1996 – Lisa Salvati, MD, MPH, FACPM | 1996 – Patt E. Panzer, MD, FAAFP | 1995 – Gary Zisk, DO, MFOMA | 1994 – Denise Bruner, MD, MFOMA | 1993 – Robert Stark, MD, MFOMA | 1992 – James Merker, CAE | 1990 – W. L. Asher, MD, MFOMA | 1989 – Howard Flaks, MD | 1988 – Robert E. T. Stark, MD, MFOMA | 1987 – Peter G. Lindner, MD, MFOMA | 1986 – Jerry C. Sutkamp, MD, MFOMA

  • Dr. Vernon B. Astler Award

    Dr. Vernon B. Astler Award

    Recognizes the efforts of a member to advance OMA’s place and purpose to the media, government, and/or medical community, as did Dr. Astler in helping guide OMA to secure a seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

    2021 Recipient: Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, ABOM

    Past Recipients: 2020 – Joynita Nicholson, DO, FOMA | 2019 – Amy Ingersoll, PA-C, MMS, FOMA | 2018 – Karli Burridge, PA-C, FOMA | 2017 – Carolynn Francavilla, MD, FOMA | 2016 – Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FOMA | 2015 – Brent Gear, DO, FACEP, FACOEP, FOMA | 2014 – Brian Sabowitz, MD, MS, FACP | 2013 – Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA | 2012 – Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA | 2011 – Ed J. Hendricks, MD, MFOMA | 2010 – David Bryman, DO, MFOMA | 2009 – James Bland, MD, JD | 2007 – Denise Bruner, MD, MFOMA | 2005 – John P. Kelly, MD

  • Steelman-Seim Educator Award for Excellence in Academics

    Steelman-Seim Educator Award for Excellence in Academics

    Bestowed upon a member exhibiting excellence in advancing the cause of health care through education and teaching.

    2021 Recipient: Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

    Past Recipients: 2020 – William McCarthy, MD, FOMA | 2019 – Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH, MFOMA | 2017 – Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA | 2016 – Carl Knopke, MD, FOMA | 2015 – Richard Lindquist, MD, FAASP, FOMA | 2014 – Joan Temmerman, MD, MS, FAAFP, CNS | 2013 – Justin Puckett, DO, FOMA | 2012 – William McCarthy, MD, FOMA | 2011 – David Bryman, DO, MFOMA | 2009 – Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS, MFOMA | 2008 – Frank Greenway, MD, FOMA | 2007 – Richard Atkinson Jr., MD | 2006 – Stephen D. Phinney, MD, PhD