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Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award
About the Award
The Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award is presented by the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM) to a physician who has demonstrated outstanding leadership as the chair of a department of internal medicine. The award is presented annually at during the APM Winter Meeting portion of Academic Internal Medicine Week.
In selecting a recipient, predominant attention is given to progress made by the candidate in the administration of a department of internal medicine. Overall contributions to academic internal medicine made by the candidate in the areas of education, research, and patient care are considered as well.
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.
Nominations must be submitted online. Self-nominations are not accepted for this award.
A nomination packet must include:
- One nomination letter from within the department.
- Three letters supporting the nomination
- One from departmental leadership within the department (e.g., vice chair, residency/fellowship program director, division chief)
- One from outside the department, but within the institution (e.g., chair, dean or similar leader from another department)
- One from outside the institution (chair, dean, or similar leader at another institution or an internal medicine professional society leadership position)
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
The recipient is selected by the APM Council. If the approved recipient is unable to attend the APM Winter Meeting to accept the award, the recipient forgoes acceptance of the award and will be reconsidered the following year. All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years—an updated CV will be required for all roll over nominations to be considered.
The APM President may ask the recipient to present a paper of a topic of interest to the APM membership and request its publication in a national medical journal. The APM President or their designate shall present the recipient with the award during the APM Winter Meeting held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week.
2020 APM Awards
2020 APM Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award
APM presented the 2020 APM Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award to David L. Coleman, MD.
The Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award is presented by the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM) to a physician who has demonstrated outstanding leadership as the chair of a department of internal medicine.
Described as an “outstanding chair who has distinguished himself through service to his department and the academic internal medicine community,” Dr. Coleman’s “impact and reach are exceptional and his contributions to the tripartite missions of our profession – education, clinical care, and research – are extraordinary.” Examples of Dr. Coleman’s vision, systems thinking, and ability to lead change abound: from his passion for “providing exceptional clinical care despite the many impediments posed by social determinants of health” to his commitment to “placing the Department at the forefront of new and evolving research initiatives” to serving as “a champion for education, mentorship, faculty development, and diversity.” His dean notes that “he is one of my most trusted senior leaders; someone to whom I can turn for his innovative approaches to interdisciplinary collaborations and medical student education.”
Dr. Coleman’s nominators and colleagues shared their “admiration for his servant leadership,” describing him as “a person of character, integrity and humility. He exercises stewardship by being courageous as well as personally accountable. He builds teams and communities and supports diversity by being a skilled communicator and a first among equals. He continuously proves himself worthy of respect, trust and confidence by making insightful, ethical, and principled decisions.”
Dr. Coleman is the John Wade Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, where he has served in this role since 2006. He also currently serves as the Physician in Chief at Boston Medical Center and President of the Evans Medical Foundation at that same institution.
Dr. Coleman is a “highly regarded and respected contributor to academic internal medicine.” A member of APM since 2002, he has been actively involved in the association and the Alliance. He served as APM President in FY 2018, chaired the AAIM Financial Strategy Task Force, and has served on numerous committees, including the APM Patient Care Committee, the AAIM Compliance Committee, the APM Program Planning Committee, and the AAIM Member Engagement Committee. He is also a former Secretary and Board Member of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Coleman was Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Coleman earned his MD from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and his MA from Yale University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine.