Awards

American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring

The American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM) was founded in 1990 to serve the emerging field of intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM). We are a non-profit professional organization that promotes education, quality, and standards for the IONM Profession.

Description:

Dr. Richard Brown was a founding member of the ASNM and one of the first people to use IONM during scoliosis surgery in the United States. In honor of his outstanding contributions to the ASNM and the field of IONM, this award is the highest honor the ASNM can bestow. Consideration for this award requires the nominee to have, throughout their career, exceptionally supported and substantially advanced the field and the society through education, research and service.

Nomination Criteria:

  1. The nominee has at least 15-20 years of a well-documented career in IONM and is 5 years from retirement of full time IONM duties.
  2. Demonstratable advancement of the ASNM through each of the following domains:
    1. Continuous membership (10 year minimum),
    2. Committee/subcommittee contributions,
    3. Distinguishment within the society.
  3. Demonstratable advancement of the field of IONM in each of the following domains:
    1. Education and teaching,
    2. Research,
    3. Service.

Process:

  1. Nominations for the Richard Brown Award are made exclusively by the ASNM Board of Directors.
    1. If you are not a Board member but have a potential nominee for consideration, please email
      ASNM@affinity-strategies.com, or any current Board member.
  2. Select nominees will be required to submit:
    1. Their current curriculum vitae,
    2. The names of at least two (2) people to provide letters of recommendation concerning the
      nomination criteria listed above.
  3. The ASNM Board will confirm the nominee’s membership and distinguishment within the society (i.e.,
    fellowship status, service to the Board, prior awards given, etc.).
  4. Nominations can be submitted to the Awards Subcommittee at any time; however, consideration is on an
    annual basis and closes the December prior to the Awards cycle (i.e., December 1999 for a year 2000
    award) unless stated otherwise.
  5. The ASNM Board will submit all nominations to the ASNM Executive Committee, who will judge each
    nominee based on the nomination criteria set forth above.
  6. Only one (1) nominee, deemed eligible by the ASNM Executive Committee based on award criteria, will be
    the recipient of this award (multiple winners are not possible).
    1. Should there be no nominees, or if any of the nominees do not meet the applicable criteria for a
      given year, the award is not required to be given.
    2. Past award winners are not eligible for repeat awards.
  7. The award will be presented at the ASNM Annual Meeting Business Luncheon.

Past Recipients:

2023 – Jay Shils
2016 – Gene Balzer
2015 – Louis Journée
2013 – Donald York
2008 – Tod Sloan
2007 – Vedran Delitis
2006 – Harvey Edmonds
2005 – Richard Brown

Description:

The ASNM Founder’s Award recognizes an individual for extraordinary contributions both to the ASNM and the field of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) by way of committee involvement, publications, high-quality patient care and/or technology/innovation.

Nomination Criteria:

  1. The nominee has at least 10 years of a well-documented career in IONM,
  2. Demonstratable advancement of the ASNM through each of the following domains:
    1. Continuous membership (5 year minimum),
    2. Committee/subcommittee contributions,
    3. Distinguishment within the society.
  3. Demonstratable contributions to the field of IONM in one or more of the following domains:
    1. IONM literature,
    2. High-quality patient care,
    3. Technology/innovation.

Process:

  1. Nominations for the ASNM Founder’s Award can be made by any ASNM member in good standing.
    1. For nominations, please email any ASNM Board member, or please email
      ASNM@affinity-strategies.com.
  2. Select nominees will be required to submit:
    1. Their current curriculum vitae,
    2. The names of at least two (2) people to provide letters of recommendation concerning the
      nomination criteria listed above.
  3. The ASNM Board will confirm the nominee’s membership and distinguishment within the society (i.e.,
    fellowship status, service to the Board, prior awards given, etc.).
  4. Nominations can be submitted to the Awards Subcommittee at any time; however, consideration is on an
    annual basis and closes the December prior to the Awards cycle (i.e., December 1999 for a year 2000
    award) unless stated otherwise.
  5. The ASNM Board will judge each nominee based on the nomination criteria set forth above.
  6. Only one (1) nominee, deemed eligible by the ASNM Executive Committee based on award criteria, will be
    the recipient of this award (multiple winners are not possible).
    1. Should there be no nominees, or if any of the nominees do not meet the applicable criteria for a
      given year, the award is not required to be given.
    2. Past award winners are not eligible for repeat awards.
  7. The award will be presented at the ASNM Annual Meeting Business Luncheon.

Past Recipients:

2023 – Richard Vogel
2020 – Lawrence Wierzbowski

Description:

Named in honor of ASNM past president Dr. Mark Stecker’s mother, The ASNM’s Mary Stecker Fund and Award was created to assist relatively new practitioners of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) to attend the Society’s Annual Meeting each year. Dr. Stecker understood the importance of sponsoring those new to the field of IONM and wanted the educational and networking value of the ASNM Annual Meeting to be made more accessible to such practitioners.

Nomination Criteria:

  1. Those interested in applying for this award are required to submit a letter (not longer than two (2) pages)
    detailing:
    1. How they go into IONM,
    2. Their main academic/research interests,
    3. How attending the ASNM’s Annual Meeting will assist them in furthering their careers.

Process:

  1. Interested applicants should submit their letter for consideration to the ASNM Executive Director
    (ASNM@affinity-strategies.com) or the ASNM Awards Subcommittee Chair no later than 60 days prior to
    the ASNM’s Annual Meeting (usually held in May of each year).
  2. Selected applicants may be asked to provide additional information as appropriate.
  3. The ASNM will confirm the applicant’s membership to the ASNM.
  4. The ASNM Board will judge each applicant based on their letter and the nomination criteria listed above.
  5. Select applicant(s) deemed eligible by the ASNM Board based on award criteria will be the recipient of
    this award.
    1. Should there be no applicants, or should applicants not meet the applicable award criteria for a given year, the award is not required to be given.
  6. The award will be presented at the ASNM Annual Meeting Business Luncheon.

Past Recipients:

2018 – Liaquat Ali
2016 – Anand Immaneni, Proel Perez Galdos
2015 – Ramesh Vijay
2014 – Donna Jacobs
2013 – Juan Pablo Cabrera Cousin
2012 – Christine McGiffert
2009 – Marat Avshalumov, Ivana Jankovic

Description:

Established in 2020, The ASNM’s Service Award recognizes an ASNM member in good standing who contributes significantly to the Society (now or in the past) through active participation on the Board and/or in
Committee work.

Nomination Criteria:

  1. Nominees should be an ASNM Member in good standing,
  2. Nominees can provide at least one (1) reference (can be the nominator),
  3. Demonstratable contributions in at least one of the following two domains:
    1. Board work
      1. Chaired an ASNM Committee or Subcommittee,
      2. Served on the ASNM’s Executive Committee,
      3. Has given a lecture at the request of the Board (Annual Meeting, Webinars, etc.),
    2. Committee work
      1. Moderated an event on behalf of a Committee or Subcommittee,
      2. Organized meetings or symposia on behalf of a Committee or Subcommittee,
      3. Created documents serving committee goals (guidelines, position statements,
        practice standards, rubrics, etc.).

Process:

  1. Nominations for the ASNM’s Service Award are made exclusively by the Awards Subcommittee of the ASNM Membership Committee.
    1. If you are not an Awards Subcommittee member but have a potential nominee for consideration, please email ASNM@affinity-strategies.com, or any current Board member.
  2. Select nominees will be required to submit:
    1. Their current curriculum vitae,
    2. The name of at least one (1) reference (can be the nominator).
  3. The ASNM Board will confirm the nominee’s membership and Board/Committee contributions.
  4. Nominations can be submitted to the Awards Subcommittee at any time; however, consideration is on an annual basis and closes the December prior to the Awards cycle (i.e., December 1999 for a year 2000 award) unless stated otherwise.
  5. The ASNM Board will judge each nominee based on the nomination criteria set forth above.
  6. Select nominee(s), deemed eligible by the ASNM Board based on award criteria, will be the recipient of this award.
    1. Should there be no nominees, or if any of the nominees do not meet the applicable criteria for a given year, the award is not required to be given.
  7. The award will be presented at the ASNM Annual Meeting Business Luncheon.

Past Recipients:

2023 – Michael Riley, Tara Stewart, & James Watt
2022 – Clare Gale
2020 – Patty Warf

Description:

Established in 2020, this ASNM Award recognizes a Committee/Subcommittee Member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Nomination Criteria:

  1. Nominees should be an ASNM Member in good standing,
  2. Nominees can provide at least one (1) reference (can be the nominator),
  3. Demonstration of above-and-beyond work on an ASNM Committee or Subcommittee in some of the
    following ways:
    1. Active chairperson or co-chairperson,
    2. Outstanding attitude or demeanor in committee meetings,
    3. Regularly presents ideas to move committee work forward,
    4. Creates or contributes to documents serving committee goals (outlines, lists, rubrics, guidelines,
      position statements, practice standards, etc.),
    5. Moderates events as needed on behalf of said Committee,
    6. Organizes symposia as needed on behalf of said Committee.

Process:

  1. Nominations for ASNM’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to a Committee are made exclusively by any current ASNM Committee Member.
    1. If you are not currently an ASNM Committee member but have a potential nominee for
      consideration, please email ASNM@affinity-strategies.com, or any current Board member.
  2. Select nominees will be required to submit:
    1. Their current curriculum vitae,
    2. The name of at least one (1) reference (can be the nominator).
  3. The ASNM Board will confirm the nominee’s membership and Committee contributions.
  4. Nominations can be submitted to the Awards Subcommittee at any time; however, consideration is on an
    annual basis and closes the December prior to the Awards cycle (i.e., December 1999 for a year 2000
    award) unless stated otherwise.
  5. The ASNM Board will judge each nominee based on the nomination criteria set forth above.
  6. Select nominee(s), deemed eligible by the ASNM Board based on award criteria, will be the recipient of
    this award.
    1. Should there be no nominees, or if any of the nominees do not meet the applicable criteria for a
      given year, the award is not required to be given.
  7. The award will be presented at the ASNM Annual Meeting Business Luncheon.

Past Recipients:

2023 – Kent Rice
2020 – Jay Shils, Jeff Balzer, Faisal Jahangiri, Kent Rice

Description:

The ASNM Rising Star Award recognizes an early-to-mid career ASNM member for outstanding
commitment and contributions to IONM research, education and/or advocacy.

Nomination Criteria:

  1. Be an ASNM member in good standing,
  2. Be early-to-midway into their career, defined as 1-10 years of practice,
  3. Be able to provide a letter of reference,
  4. Demonstratable contributions to the field of IONM in one or more of the following domains:
    1. Research (contribution to a published work, abstract submissions, etc.),
    2. Education (given invited lectures, Annual Meeting attendance, etc.),
    3. Advocacy (intersocietal relations, promoting IONM-positive presence on social media,
      etc.).

Process:

Nominations for the ASNM Rising Star Award can be made by any ASNM member in good standing. Please direct all questions to the current Awards Subcommittee Chair (m3wttnl@gmail.com). Nominees are thoroughly vetted according to the ASNM Rising Star Award selection criteria. Deadline for all nominations is December 31 st preceding the upcoming Annual Meeting.

Past Recipients:

Inaugural year – 2024

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The American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring
PO Box 1488
Warrenville, IL 60555

Phone:
(331) 248.1699
Email: asnm@affinity-strategies.com

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