Three psychiatrists were honored with leadership awards at the AMA's National Advocacy Conference Day in Washington, D.C., last month.
Vice Adm. John Mateczun (left) was one of nine recipients of the AMA's Nathan Davis Award for Government Service. Jerry Halverson, M.D., received an AMA Foundation Young Physician's Leadership Award. Judith Broder, M.D., received the Pride in the Profession Award (see Project Helps Heal Minds Wounded by War).
"Vice Adm. Mateczun has dedicated himself to the care of military patients and their families," said AMA Board Chair Rebecca Patchin, M.D., at the awards ceremony. "His insight and conviction led to the establishment of Combat Stress Centers during Operation Desert Storm, and his work focuses on battling the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental health issues."
The Nathan Davis Award, named for the founding father of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state, or municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.
Jerry Halverson, M.D., is medical director of adult services at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wis., and a member of the AMA House of Delegates Section Council on Psychiatry. (He is pictured at left with AMA President James Rohack, M.D.)
He is active as a volunteer treating uninsured mentally ill individuals and as a teacher in his community. He is the president of the Dane County Medical Society and is on the Executive Council of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association.
An announcement on the AMA Foundation Web site states, "Through organized medicine, [Halverson] has helped organize opportunities for other physicians to give to their communities. He also researches novel modalities to treat those with refractory psychiatric illness and, through these interventions, has brought new life to patients with lifelong psychiatric disability."
The leadership awards are presented to 15 medical students, 10 residents/fellows, and five early career physicians in recognition of their strong, nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service, and/or education.
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