Virtual Awards Ceremony 

This year's award ceremony will be held virtually. Starting Monday, September 21 you will have the opportunity to view the award recipient videos. Each day at 11am a new awardee will be announced.


Medical Student Leadership Award- Monday 

This award honors a member of the MMA Medical Student Section who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the medical profession.

Congratulations to the U of M’s June Zolfaghari and Mayo Alix’s Derrick Lewis, the 2020 recipients of the MMA’s Medical Student Leadership Award!


James H. Sova Memorial Award for Advocacy- Tuesday

James H. Sova was the chief lobbyist for the MMA from 1968 until the time of his death at the AMA meeting in December1981. This award shall be made to a person who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public policy, medical sciences, medical education, medical care or the socio-economics of medical practice. 

Winners: Congratulations to Sen. Julie Rosen and Rep. Kelly Morrison, MD, the 2020 recipients of the MMA’s James H. Sova Memorial Award for Advocacy. 

President's Award- Wednesday

This award is designated for individuals who have made outstanding contributions in service to the goals of the MMA - making Minnesotans the healthiest in the nation; making Minnesota the best place to practice; and advancing professionalism in medicine. 

Winners: Congratulations to the 2020 Presidents’ Award winners: Dr. John Hick, Dr. Heather Bell, Dr. Kurt DeVine and Dr. Ruth Lynfield

Distinguished Service Award- Thursday

This award is the MMA's highest honor. It is given to a physician who has made outstanding contributions in service to the MMA and on behalf of medicine and the physicians of Minnesota during his or her career.

Congratulations to Dr. David Thorson, this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the MMA’s highest honor.

COPIC-MMA Foundation Humanitarian Award- Friday 

The COPIC-MMA Foundation Humanitarian Award (formerly the MMA Foundation Physician Volunteerism Award) is presented each year to honor a physician for volunteer medical services and contributions to their community.

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Schrup, the recipient of the COPIC/MMA Foundation Humanitarian Award for 2020.