1974, BS, summa cum laude, University of Akron, Ohio
1977, Yale University School of Medicine Ramsey Award for “unquestioned ability and character.” (Best student in the preclinical sciences.)
1979, Yale University School of Medicine Frank Parker Prize for the student who has shown the best qualifications to be a successful practitioner.
1979, Yale School of Medicine, MD cum laude.
1993, Sharon H. Kohlenberg Health care Service Award, for “commitment to the fight against breast cancer,” Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
1993, Jessie Ball duPont Fund Making a Difference Award for “creation of a program which meets a critical societal need” (Rural Cancer Outreach Program)
1994, Scholarship Award in Patient-Physician Communications, Department of Human Genetics, Medical College of Virginia (used patent royalties to create this endowment)
2000, Pioneering programs in Palliative Care, Milbank Memorial Fund. One of 9 national programs.
2000, MCV-VCU “Distinguished Clinician Award” as the outstanding clinician at the medical center
2000, National “Humanism in Medicine Award” for “embodying compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their family members.” New Jersey Health Care Foundation
2001, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs Community Outreach Award
2001, “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer,” Castle Connelly
2002-2003, VCU Outstanding Teacher Award, M-II Hematology/Oncology Course
2006, Faculty Award for Distinguished Clinical Care, VCU Medical Center Department of Medicine
2005-2006, VCU Outstanding Teacher Award, Hematology/Oncology M-2 course
2006, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care University Award to best University-based palliative care program
April 2007, UNOS National Award for service supporting organ donation, donor family and transplant patient advocacy
March 2008, Hematology Oncology News International (HONI) HOPE Small Practice Leadership Award: rural cancer outreach
May 2008, Medical College of Virginia Foundation “Robert W. Irby MD” Award for philanthropic service to the foundation and VCU
May 2008, Hematology Oncology News International (HONI) HOPE Oncology Practice Leadership Award: Integration of Palliative Care into usual Oncology
June 2008, ASCO “Statesman Award” for 20 years of outstanding service to ASCO
October 2008, Virginia A. Crockford Award, Central Virginia Health Planning Agency, “In recognition of outstanding advocacy of and leadership in promoting health planning and community health improvement for the citizens of Central Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia”
October 2008, National Palliative Care Consensus Panel Leadership Award, “in recognition of high quality interdisciplinary palliative care leadership”
September 2009, VCU Educational Innovation Award
July 2010, European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Designated Center of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Award
2010, Best Doctors in America®, 2010-. Medical Oncology and Hospice
2012, U. S. News and World Report, Top Doctors, “Medical Oncology”, top 1% nationally
2012, Fellow, American Society of Clinical Oncology
2012, American Board of Internal Medicine Award for “Best Article in Medical Professionalism” http://www.abimfoundation.org/News/ABIM-Foundation-News/2012/ABIM-Foundation-Announces-Best-Articles-in-Medical-Professionalism.aspx
2013, Nominee, AAHPM 25th Anniversary Visionaries
2013, Best Doctors in Maryland, oncology and hospice/palliative medicine; America''s Top Doctors® Editions 1-12, America''s Top Doctors® for Cancer Editions 1-8 (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.)
2014-2017, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Executive Board.
2015, American Cancer Society Trish Greene Award that “recognizes the importance of those who have devoted a significant portion of their careers to the various areas of quality of life, and have accomplished outstanding research that benefits cancer patients and their families.”