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 following awards:

- To nominate, please send us an email here -


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 health care related 501(c)(3) organization within Iowa. The past 5 awardees were:

  • 2021 - Selden Spencer, MD
  • 2020 - James Bell, MD
  • 2019 - Katherine Imborek, MD & Nicole Nisly, MD
  • 2018 - Jennifer Groos, MD
  • 2017 - Richard Demming, 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:

  • 2021 - Jorge Salinas, MD
  • 2020 - Fadi Yacoub, MD
  • 2019 - Douglas Steenblock, MD
  • 2018 - Doug Dormer, MD
  • 2017 - Hamed Tewfik, MD


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

  • 2021 - Meg Schaeffer, EdD
  • 2020 - Mary Kitchell & Kathy Lariviere 
  • 2018 - Jeffrey Halverson, PRh, MBA
  • 2017 - Clare Kelly
  • 2016 - Michael Stoll


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:

  • 2021 - EMBARC (The Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center)
  • 2020 - Accessibility for All
  • 2019 - Shelter House
  • 2018 - Iowa Radio Reading Information Service
  • 2017 - Kiwanis Miracle League at Principal Park


- To nominate, please send us an email here -



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