Each year, APMA's House of Delegates recognizes outstanding podiatrists and advocates for the profession for their involvement, accomplishments, and commitment to podiatric medicine and surgery. We are proud to present to you this year's award winners. Awards were presented on Saturday, March 16, at the 99th annual House of Delegates meeting in Washington, DC.
Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, Leadership Award
Jon A. Hultman, DPM, MBA, is the winner of the Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, Leadership Award. Dr. Hultman is executive director of the California Podiatric Medical Association and the author of Reengineering the Medical Practice and The Medical Practitioner's Survival Guide. Dr. Hultman is a nationally recognized health management consultant and has led CPMA on historic advocacy initiatives.
Paul J. Liswood, DPM, is the winner of the President's Award. As president of New York State Podiatric Medical Association, APMA's largest component, Dr. Liswood spearheaded a significant population health initiative in New York, successfully demonstrating the value of care by a podiatrist to policymakers. These legislative efforts have helped refine New York's scope of practice and enhanced podiatric physicians' access to collaborative care models. In 2016, Dr. Liswood received APMA’s Meritorious Service Award.
Distinguished Service Citation
APMA Past President Christian Robertozzi, DPM, is the winner of the Distinguished Service Citation. APMA approved a resolution to award Dr. Robertozzi the Distinguished Service Citation on Saturday for his pioneering leadership in advocating for hospital privileges for DPMs. He became the first podiatrist to serve as chief of the medical staff at Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ. He is past president of the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society, longtime delegate to the APMA House of Delegates, and consultant to the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, and he served as a captain in the US Army Reserve. His advocacy will continue to play an essential role in the future of the profession.
Thomas Mancini, DPM, is the winner of the Humanitarian Award. Dr. Mancini was recognized for his medical missionary work, notably, for founding Clinics of Hope, a nonprofit organization that to date has opened seven clinics in West Africa. He also has served as a medical team leader for the Haiti Charity Hope Foundation and has volunteered with the Rhode Island Free Clinic. Dr. Mancini has visited Togo more than 30 times since 1998 to treat patients and help establish new clinics. He is planning a Clinics of Hope Foot Health Center to be opened in the capital of Togo. The foot center will focus primarily on diabetic foot care, limb salvage, and tropical ulcers.