Alumni Awards

Since 1966, the Medical Alumni Association has been paying tribute to outstanding individuals within their specialties. Presented at the annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony held during Reunion Weekend, these recipients are honored and congratulated for their service and commitment, above and beyond their job duties.

If you know of a classmate who is deserving of one of our awards, nominate them by clicking the links below.  To see current and past recipients, check out our Past Award Recipients page.

Congratulations 2017 Alumni Award recipients!

Distinguished Alumnus


Outstanding Young Alumnus



2017 humaniarian

Henry S. Friedman, M.D.
Class of 1977
Oleg Shapiro, M.D.
Class of 2002

Mark Zilkoski, M.D.
Class of 1977


Nomination deadline for Reunion 2018: April 2018
All nominations received will be reviewed by the Reunion and Nominating Committee.  Awards are presented during Reunion Weekend.  Preference will be given to alumni in their Reunion year, however, we invite you to nominate all class years.

The Distinguished Alumna/us Award:
Established in 1966, this award recognizes the extraordinary achievements and outstanding service of individual alumni who graduated more than twenty years ago. Past candidates have been chosen for academic achievement, research initiatives, humanitarian efforts, outstanding service to their community, dedicated work for the Association/Foundation, distinguished teaching and/or outstanding work in industry and private practice.

   Click here for a PDF nomination form

The Outstanding Young Alumna/us Award:
Created in 1995, this award recognizes physicians doing great things earlier in their careers. Candidates must have graduated within the last twenty years and have demonstrated excellence in medical practice or research, service to the community, and/or commitment to the Medical Alumni Association/Foundation.

   Click here for a PDF nomination form

The Humanitarian Award:
Created in 2009, this award recognizes alumni who exceed normal expectations in improving the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative and compassionate acts without expectation of remuneration.

Click here for a PDF nomination form

Nominations can be sent by clicking the link under the award, or by sending the nomination form to:

Upstate Medical Alumni
Setnor Academic Building, Suite 1510
750 East Adams St.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Fax: 315.464.4360


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Upstate Medical Alumni Foundation

Setnor Academic Building #1510
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: (315) 464-4361
Fax: (315) 464-4360

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