Award Background

Established in 2014, the Roger Schenke Award recognizes individuals who have exhibited innovation in the creation of education or training programs to advance physician leadership and improve health care. The award honors the vision and commitment to excellence demonstrated by Roger Schenke, who in 1975 founded the organization that is now the American Association for Physician Leadership®. Schenke served as the organization’s CEO until his retirement in 2008. During his tenure, he designed and conducted more than 75 educational programs and developed the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification and the master’s of medical management (MMM) degree programs. Through Schenke’s innovative approaches, thousands of physicians have obtained leadership education or management training, which has ultimately created tremendous positive change within the health care industry.

Roger Schenke Award Winners

2016 Winner: Larry Feinman, DO

Larry Feinman, DO, chief medical officer at HCA West Florida in Tampa, Florida, is winner of the Roger Schenke Award, which honors individual vision, commitment and innovation in creating education and training programs to improve patient safety and enhance physician leadership.

2015 Winner: Scott Ellner, DO, MPH, MHCM, FACS

Judges selecting the inaugural Roger Schenke Award winner were impressed with the scope and breadth of the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative, which sought to reduce perioperative error and improve health outcomes.

Ellner, president of the Saint Francis Medical Group and director of surgical quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, was instrumental in the founding of the collaborative and expanding the initiative statewide and beyond.

Selection Criteria and Nomination Requirements:

  • Must be an MD or DO, or international equivalent
  • Must be a member of the association
  • Must have exhibited innovation in the creation of education or training programs designed to advance physician leadership and improve health care
  • Must have distinguished himself or herself as a leader in improving health care
  • Is an advocate of lifelong learning in physician leadership competencies
  • May not be a current board member of the association

All nominations must include the following information to be eligible for consideration:

  • A brief summary that includes sufficient and specific data on the education or training program efforts. The summary should not exceed one page.
  • An abstract that describes the following elements of the program(s) in no more than two pages: objective, program start and end dates, background, methods, resources, outcomes, conclusions and financial support.
  • At least one testimonial, but no more than three, from senior leadership in the organization that describes the innovative approaches of the program(s) and highlights the successes and benefits from the program(s) for the organization.
  • No more than two pages of outcomes data on the program/project, which can include graphs, charts, references, websites, links to podcasts or videos. 

About Roger Schenke, MBA

Roger Schenke

In 1975, Mr. Schenke created the American Association of Medical Directors, the organization that would eventually become the American College of Physician Executives, and subsequently the American Association for Physician Leadership®.

The Association remains unique in health care and is now widely recognized as the oldest and largest professional organization solely focused on physician leadership education and management training.

Mr. Schenke served as the organization’s CEO until his retirement in 2008. During his tenure, he designed and conducted more than 75 different educational programs in addition to development of the Certified Physician Executive offering and the Masters of Medical Management (MMM) degree programs.

Mr. Schenke obtained his bachelor of science degree from Widener College and his MBA from George Washington University.