MMA Hands Out Annual Awards for Going Above and Beyond 


In concert with the 2022 Annual Conference, the MMA is honoring four physicians, three physicians-in-training, a reproductive health researcher and a pediatric advocacy organization. Each year, the MMA honors those in medicine for going above and beyond with these MMA Awards.  

2022 award winners include: 
Distinguished Service Award 
Bob Moravec, MD, received the MMA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, for his years of service to the association and to medicine.   
President’s Award
Deb Dittberner, MD and Carolyn McClain, MD, received the MMA’s President’s Award, which recognizes those who have given much of their free time to help improve the association.   
Medical Student Leadership Award 
Michael Kelly and Sinibaldo Romero Arocha received the MMA’s Medical Student Leadership Award, which recognizes medical students who demonstrate exemplary leadership in service to fellow medical students, the profession of medicine, and the broader community.  
Resident and Fellow Leadership Award 
Dan Pfeifle, MD, received the MMA’s Resident and Fellow Leadership Award, which recognizes residents/fellows who demonstrate exemplary leadership in service to their peers, the profession of medicine, and the broader community.  
James H. Sova Memorial Award for Advocacy   
James H. Sova was the chief lobbyist for the MMA from 1968 until the time of his death in December 1981. This award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public policy, medical sciences, medical education, medical care or the socioeconomics of medical practice. Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, is this year’s recipient.   
Eric C. Dick Memorial Health Policy Partner Award 
This new award is given to an individual, group of individuals, a project or an organization that demonstrates their commitment to pursuing sound public policy, building coalitions, creating and/or strengthening partnerships with the goal of improving the health of Minnesotans or the practice of medicine in Minnesota. Dick was the MMA's manager of state legislative affairs from 2010 until his untimely death in January 2021. This year’s recipient is the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

COPIC/MMA Foundation Humanitarian Award 
Carolyn "Carrie” Stelter, MD, received the COPIC/MMA Foundation Humanitarian Award which recognizes MMA members who go above and beyond to help address the health care needs of underserved populations in Minnesota.   
Click here to watch videos of the award winners.