SAEM Organizational Advancement Award

The SAEM Organizational Advancement Award honors an SAEM member that has made significant contributions to programs, services, or leadership within the Society that has advanced the mission and trajectory of SAEM. The Executive Committee of SAEM will nominate 2-3 candidates each year for the award. The SAEM Board of Directors will select the award recipient from the pool of nominees. The award will be presented at the SAEM Annual Meeting each year.



Previous awardees are ineligible. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership and contributions including (but not limited to) those related to:

  • Major leadership positions held within SAEM
  • Leadership in programs or services within SAEM
  • Contributions to advance the Society’s strategic plan
  • Contributions to the growth of the Society
  • Stewardship of the SAEM mission and achievement thereof



Nominations may be submitted by a member of the SAEM Executive Committee. Nominations should include:

  • A brief (1- 2 paragraph) biographical summary
  • A cover letter by the nominator addressing the above areas and the impact on emergency medicine (limited to 2 pages)


Nominations may be sent to the SAEM CEO, Megan Schagrin, MBA, CAE, CFRE, at


  • Richard Rothman

    Dr. Richard Rothman, MD, PhD is the Executive Vice Chair and Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Professor of Emergency Medicine with a Joint Appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is a practicing emergency physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Rothman has been conducting research on varied infectious disease conditions in emergency settings since 1996, with areas of focus including HIV, sepsis,  influenza, and now SARS CoV-2.  He has a particular interest and expertise in the development and translation of rapid molecular diagnostics and has published extensively on this topic. Dr. Rothman has served as the Principal Investigator for a number of federally funded studies including multi-center studies designed to advance methods for early infectious disease detection in emergency settings, and improve approaches to the conduct of therapeutic trials during a pandemic. Currently, he serves as the Principal Investigator and Co-Director for the NIH/NIAID Center of Excellence for Influenza Surveillance and Research which now includes studies on COVID-19. At SAEM, Dr. Rothman is one of the founding members of the EMTIDE group a network of academic emergency departments focused on research, practice, and policy on emerging and transmissible infectious diseases.


Nominations Now Closed