Academy Awards 

The Rochester Academy of Medicine, founded in 1900, presented its annual honors in May  to a diverse group of recipients.  The award ceremony is held at the Academy’s historic home at 1441 East Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m.  in May of each year. The award recipients represent our community’s outstanding advocates and healthcare professionals.

“This is an evening to salute a broad range of accomplishment in medicine and health care,” said past Academy Board Chair Jeff Dmochowski, M.D. “The event honors decades of outstanding service to the medical profession and our community.

”The Distinguished Service Award is given to three to five individuals in recognition of outstanding service to the medical profession or the community."

Kaiser Medal 

The Kaiser Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy. It is awarded to one physician who exemplifies outstanding professional and personal qualities and lifetime service in areas of medicine, public health and/or community welfare. Named for its first recipient, the Kaiser Medal represents lifetime achievement and recognition of national and – even – international contributions to medicine. The Kaiser Medal has been presented annually since 1939.

Interested in nominating someone for the Kaiser Medal? 

Please email your nominations to Lydia at Lydia.Nicholson@raom.org  Your nomination should include the name of the nominee, and personal qualities and key health care achievements that are distinctive to the nominee. The nominee does not need to have received a Distinguished Service Award to be eligible.

Deadline:  Friday, March 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM


J. Richard Ciccone, MD

Distinguished Service Awards

The Academy will also award a total of 4 Distinguished Service Awards, each in a different category. You may submit nominations for the following:

1) An individual in any healthcare discipline

2) A healthcare team

3) An early career healthcare provider in any discipline

4) A leader in community service (may be an individual outside of healthcare).

Please email your nominations to Lydia at Lydia.Nicholson@raom.org  Your nomination should include the name of the nominee, and personal qualities and key health care achievements that are distinctive to the nominee.

Deadline:  Friday, March 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM 

2016 Distinguished Service Award:

Heidi Miller, RPA-C 
Adrienne Morgan, PhD  
Tiffany Pulcino, MD 
UR Palliative Care Unit

Dr. Lemuel Rogers Scholarship Award 

Lemuel A. Rogers Jr. MD was the first of eight children (seven boys and one girl) born to the   union of the late Lemuel Arsea Rogers, Sr. and Jessie Lee (MASON) Rogers in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  His life began on August 12, 1933 when the country was four years into The Great Depression. His early education was in Norristown where he attended Winfield Scott Hancock Elementary School, Rittenhouse Junior High and A. D. Eisenhower Sr. High School from which he graduated in 1951.  After high school, Lemuel attended Penn State and Lincoln University as a pre-med student, but did not graduate from either.  He needed some time to mature, so the remedy for him in the Rogers household was an enlisted stint in the post-Korean War Army.  As a Private in the Artillery Division of the Army, he reluctantly became a world traveler and was stationed at Camp Younghans, Japan.  Upon discharge from the service, Lemuel renewed his pursuit of an education and enrolled at Franklin and Marshall College where his younger brother, Richard, a Dean’s List rising junior was two years ahead of him.  No doubt, pride played a part in his newfound sense of purpose. While Franklin and Marshall admitted him, he was not permitted to enter as a pre-med student.  However, the wisdom of his father and brother prevailed: “so what, you are not   premed - take all the premed courses you want, they can’t stop you.”  And the rest is history; Lemuel graduated in 1959 with a BS in   Biology and received a recommendation from F&M’s pre-med faculty committee to attend Howard University Medical School.   

On November 22, 1958, Lemuel married his bride of fifty-three years, Gloria (Benson), who passed away November 4, 2011. Gloria obviously was the steadying hand during his med school, internship and residency years, because it was during those years they started their family which consists of three loving children: Lemuel III (Artie), Lisa and Lawrence (Larry). He was a consummate    provider, the foundation for his family and unwavering in his commitment to his community.

Dr. Rogers received his medical degree in 1963 from Howard University Medical School.  He was offered and accepted an internship with the National Institute of Health which took him and his young family to Watertown, Mass. for several years.  Thereafter, he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Philadelphia General Hospital.  On July 1, 1967, he announced his intention to establish an OB/GYN practice at the Temple University Health Sciences Center in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia practice was short-lived because he elected to partner with the late James O. Roberson MD in a Rochester partnership which lasted from 1968 – 1981. They were two of the first African American doctors in Rochester, NY to build and own a medical building and joint practice. Thereafter, he continued as a solitary practitioner until his retirement in 1998.  Over the course of his 30 plus years of practice, it is estimated that he delivered more than 5,000 babies including one set of quadruplets. He was affiliated with two hospitals in Rochester, Highland and Saint Mary’s. 

Dr. Rogers was Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  An active member of the National Medical Association, he rarely missed attending NMA conventions held throughout the United States.  Notwithstanding the obligations of a busy practice, he found time to give back to his community by serving on the Board of Rochester Blue Cross/Blue Shield. It is noteworthy, Dr. Rogers and his wife, Gloria sponsored the African-American Health Symposium under the auspices of the Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester and Finger Lakes Region.  Prior to his death, in 2015, the symposium was renamed the Dr. Lemuel and Gloria Rogers African American Alzheimer Health Symposium. It is an Annual event held at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church during the month of July or August.

Dr. Lemuel A. Rogers sought and accepted nothing less than your best and he gave nothing less than his. His untiring drive to help and mentor members of his community and encourage,   excellence, will forever be remembered.

2016 Dr. Lemuel Rogers Scholarship Award 

Tochukwu Ikpeze

Prize Awards

The Rochester Academy of Medicine is excited to announce the return of the prize awards. Those studying in the diverse fields of healthcare and those who have graduated within the past five years are welcome to submit papers for the 2017 Prize Awards. The prize awards are given for a scholarly writings including those that have been submitted or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The three awards available this year are the following:

Interprofessional Recognition Prize:  The authors for this paper must be from at least three disciplines (with nursing and medicine being two of them) with the focus of the article reflecting some interprofessional work. The paper could be clinically or research focused and demonstrate the benefits of interprofessional collaboration. 

Kluge Trauma & Emergency Medical Services Prize:  A $500 award if given for the best paper pertaining to trauma and emergency medical services. 

Geriatrics Prize: This award is given in honor of Carter and T. Franklin Williams and is for the best paper on geriatric healthcare which combines medical and social issues. 

The awards will be presented during the Academy’s Annual Meeting on May 16, 2017. Prize recipients are expected to submit a short summary of their papers for the Annual Meeting. 

Rules for Submission

The contest closes on April 14, 2017 at 6:00PM. Each submission must be submitted electronically to info@raom.org as a pdf. The only identifying information on the paper should be the title and the award for which you are applying for. Only one prize will be awarded in each category. Contestants are welcome to submit papers in more than one category. The names of the authors, addresses, telephone numbers and email address should be included in a separate document attached to the same email. All prize awards will be confirmed before the identifying information is shared with the committee members. 

Additional information regarding prize awards can be obtained from the Rochester Academy of Medicine by emailing Lydia Nicholson, Executive Director at info@raom.org


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