IMS Annual Awards

Each year the Iowa Medical Society recognizes physicians, laypersons, and organizations who have provided outstanding contributions to IMS, the profession of medicine, or public health by presenting the below awards.

Awards are presented at the Annual Presidential Inaugural Reception & Awards Ceremony.

2023 award ceremony photos

IMS/COPIC Physician Humanitarian Award – Presented each year to a physician in Iowa for volunteer medical services and contributions to their community through principles focused on human dignity, social justice, and compassion. This award specifically looks to recognize those individuals who unassumingly volunteer outside of the spectrum of their day to day lives. The recipient of the award designates a $10,000 donation from IMS/COPIC to be provided to a healthcare related 501(c)(3) organization within Iowa. The past 5 awardees were:

  • 2023 - Jay Brown, MD
  • 2022 - Hendrik Schultz, MD
  • 2021 - Selden Spencer, MD
  • 2020 - James Bell, MD
  • 2019 - Katherine Imborek, MD & Nicole Nisly, MD
  • 2018 - Jennifer Groos, MD


Merit Award – Given to an IMS member physician who has served the IMS and the medical profession with distinction. The past 5 awardees were:

  • 2023 - Jessica Zuzga-Reed, DO
  • 2022 - Lillian Erdahl, MD
  • 2021 - Jorge Salinas, MD
  • 2020 - Fadi Yacoub, MD
  • 2019 - Douglas Steenblock, MD
  • 2018 - Doug Dormer, MD


John F. Sanford Award – Honors a layperson for contributions to public health or the field of healthcare. This award is named after the “father” of IMS, Dr. John F. Sanford, from Keokuk. The past 5 awardees were:

  • 2023 - Jess Klembara
  • 2022 - Chaney Yeast, LMSW, JD
  • 2021 - Meg Schaeffer, EdD
  • 2020 - Mary Kitchell & Kathy Lariviere 
  • 2018 - Jeffrey Halverson, PRh, MBA
  • 2017 - Clare Kelly


Washington Freeman Peck Award – Given to a lay organization to honor their contributions to public health. This award is named after Dr. Washington Freeman Peck, the principal agent behind the establishment of the State University of Iowa Medical Department in Iowa City, the institutional forebear of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The past 5 awardees were:

  • 2023 - CHP Community 
  • 2022 - Domestic Violence Intervention Program
  • 2021 - EMBARC (The Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center)
  • 2020 - Accessibility for All
  • 2019 - Shelter House
  • 2018 - Iowa Radio Reading Information Service


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