Nomination Process

One faculty member or team will be honored with the Innovation for Impact Award in 2021.

The award is meant to recognize innovation that transforms or has enormous potential to transform clinical, educational, scholarly and/or societal outcomes, regardless of whether the innovation is in their specialty. The award is NOT meant to recognize bedside prowess, teaching, mentoring, scholarship, or quality improvement that results from augmentation of existing systems or therapies.


Nominations are closed.


All faculty members with a primary appointment in the SOM for a minimum of three years. Those who have received this award in the past 3 years are not eligible.


Faculty must be nominated by another faculty member, staff member, or trainee of SOM, Emory University, Emory Healthcare, or an Emory affiliate. The nomination should consist of a concise narrative (1,000 words or less) describing the transformative innovation and its impact(s).

  • New, innovative technology/devices
  • Groundbreaking scientific discoveries that address bold questions
  • Creative approaches to process and/or operational improvement
  • Paradigm-shifting approaches for diagnosis, treatment, or disease prevention
  • Novel programs or projects in care delivery, connectivity, and health promotion
  • Pioneering educational programs and processes


Must use the online Award Nomination Form and include the following:

  • Nominating letter (1,000 words or less)
  • Optional materials: One additional letter of support (500 words or less)


Will be made by the School of Medicine Recognitions Committee and approved by the Dean.


Recipients of the Emory School of Medicine Distinguished Service Award will be announced and honored during the Celebration of Faculty Excellence.

Questions should be directed to SOM Office of Faculty Academic Advancement, Leadership & Inclusion at