Professional Recognition

MGH Institute faculty contribute to their disciplines in a variety of ways, and a number of our faculty have been recognized with some of the very highest honors bestowed by their professions.


Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 2,068 Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Invitation to Fellowship is more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. AAN Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health care leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health care system.

Occupational Therapy

Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA)

Through its Roster of Fellows the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) recognizes occupational therapists who with their knowledge and expertise have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of members of the Association.

Physical Therapy

The American Physical Therapy Association, through its honors and awards program, formally recognizes individuals whose contributions to the profession or to the Association are outstanding and substantial. The Association's honors and awards provide national attention and recognition for the contributions of the recipients and serve to enhance the reputation and public awareness of the entire profession. Association honors and awards represent the highest level of peer recognition.

Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the APTA

Catherine Worthingham Fellows have demonstrated excellence in a primary domain of research, education, practice, or advocacy with translation of contributions and achievements across the other domains; achieved national recognition, inside and outside the physical therapy profession, regarding the impact achieved in the primary domain of research, education, practice, or advocacy; and have demonstrated frequent and sustained contributions (leadership, influence, and achievements) to advance the profession over a period of not less than fifteen years.

Mary McMillan Lecture Award

Dorothy E. Baethke - Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching

Lucy Blair Service Award

Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing

  • Ruth B. Purtilo, PT, PhD, FAPTA, faculty emerita

Chattanooga Research Award

Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award

Helen J Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature

  • Ruth B. Purtilo, PT, PhD, FAPTA, faculty emerita

Jack Walker Award

Established in 1978, the annual  Jack Walker Award is awarded for the best articles on clinical practice published in Physical Therapy, the official journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Speech-Language Pathology

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association presents numerous awards to recognize the contributions of individuals and groups to the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech and hearing science. Several MGH Institute faculty are recipients of ASHA awards:

Honors of the Association

The Honors of the Association recognizes distinguished contribution to the field of speech, language, and hearing and is the highest honor the Association can give.

Fellow of the Association

The ASHA Fellowship recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given to members who have made outstanding contributions to the professions. The award is one of the highest honors that ASHA can bestow and is retained for life.

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