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David M. Worthen Awards for Excellence in Health Professions Education


The David M. Worthen Awards are the highest honors given by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to recognize outstanding achievements in health professions education. Established in 1988, this award program was named after the late David M. Worthen, MD, former Associate Chief Medical Director for Academic Affairs, board-certified ophthalmologist, established academician, surgeon, researcher, and inspirational leader of the Department of Veterans Affair's (VA) education mission. VHA education champions are honored in three categories including: Rising Star, Career Achievement, and Innovator in Health Professions Education.

Nominations for the Worthen Awards

Visit our nomination page for information about how to nominate health professions educators for the 2021 David M. Worthen Awards.

2020 David M. Worthen Award Recipients

Deborah DiNardo, MD, MS

2020 David M. Worthen Rising Star Award

Deborah DiNardo, MD, MS, Director of Women's Health and an Internist at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System received the 2020 Worthen Rising Star Award recognizing her as an early career champion of health professions trainee education.

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David Topor, PhD, MS-HPEd

2020 David M. Worthen Innovator Award

David Topor, PhD, MS-HPEd, Associate Director, Healthcare Professional Education at VA Boston Healthcare System received the 2020 Worthen Innovator Award recognizing him for sustaining and expanding a significant educational innovation for health professions trainee education.

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Joyce Wipf, MD, MACP

2020 David M. Worthen Career Achievement Award

Joyce Wipf, MD, MACP, Section Chief for General Internal Medicine at VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle received the 2020 Worthen Career Achievement Award recognizing her as an outstanding health professions trainee education champion whose lifetime contributions have profoundly advanced and impacted the educational mission of VHA.

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Previous Awardees

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