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OSMA Distinguished Service Citations

Distinguished Service Citations from the Ohio State Medical Association have been presented only a limited number of times throughout the organization's history. The award is given to an individual who, during his or her career, has had a significant impact on the effectiveness of the OSMA. Below are the recipients of OSMA Distinguished Service Citations:

2016: Walter A. Reiling Jr., MD, of Centerville, Ohio

Dr. Reiling practiced medicine for fifty years, served as President of the OSMA in 1993, as well as representing the OSMA as a Delegate to the AMA. During his years of elected OSMA leadership, he was a critical thought leader and helped the OSMA confront multiple issues of health care delivery reform. Without a doubt, Dr. Reiling's leadership within organized medicine in Ohio and nationally has made the OSMA a more powerful entity in the marketplace of ideas.

2014: J. Steven Polsley, MD, of Urbana, Ohio

Dr. Polsley is a family medicine physician in Urbana, Ohio. He has been significantly involved in the activities of the OSMA since he started practicing medicine with his father. Throughout his career, Dr. Polsley has been a leader within the OSMA and in representing Ohio at the American Medical Association.

1988: Oscar W. Clarke, MD, of Gallipolis, Ohio

Dr. Clarke was an internist, and served as President of the OSMA in 1973. Additionally, he served as President of the Ohio State Medical Board in 1983 and chairman of the OSMA Education and Research Foundation. Beginning in 1987, Dr. Clarke sat on the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.

1984: Perry R. Ayres, MD, of Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Ayres was an internist and served as the medical editor of the OSMA Journal from 1959 to 1974. He was honored posthumously for his work in the establishment and maintenance of the OSMA Impaired Physicians Program.

1984: Milton M. Parker, MD, of Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Parker was a neurologist, honored posthumously for his service on the Mental Health Committee of the OSMA and his work in the establishment and maintenance of the OSMA Impaired Physicians Program.

1981: Charles L. Hudson, MD, of Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Hudson was an internist and served as President of the OSMA in 1955, as well as President of the American Medical Association in 1966. He was a longtime member of the Ohio Delegation to the American Medical Association.

1980: Albert B. Sabin, MD, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Sabin is responsible for the worldwide conquest of poliomyelitis through his development of the Sabin oral polio vaccine.

1979: Carl A. Lincke, MD, of Carrollton, Ohio

Dr. Lincke was a family practitioner and longtime AMA Delegate. He served as President of the OSMA in 1949, as well as Chairman of Scientific Affairs for the American Medical Association. Dr. Lincke was extremely involved in organized medicine at the national level, including a term as Vice President of the American Medical Association.

1978: Honorable Robert N. Smith, MD, of Toledo, Ohio

Dr. Smith was an anesthesiologist with degrees from both the U.S. Military Academy and MIT. in addition to his medical degree. He served as president of the OSMA in 1969, and was an AMA Delegate. Dr. Smith became Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Ford Administration, serving from 1976-1978.

1975: Richard L. Meiling, MD, of Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Meiling was an obstetrician and gynecologist, and was honored for his service as Dean of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Additionally, he served as the assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and was a Major General in the Medical Corps. For the OSMA, Dr. Meiling was President in 1957, served as a consulting medical editor for the OSMA Journal, and resident historian for the organization.

1975: Robert M. Zollinger, MD, of Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Zollinger is a surgeon, as well as professor and chairman emeritus in the Ohio State University Department of Surgery. He served as longtime editor of the American Journal of Surgery, as well as President of the American College of Surgeons in 1961, President of the American Surgical Association in 1965 and chairman of the American Board of Surgery in 1953 (AMA Sheen Laureate 1977).

1974: John H. Budd, MD, of Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Budd was honored for his leadership as chairman of Ohio’s Delegation to the American Medical Association and service as trustee and secretary/treasurer of the American Medical Association. He was also President of the American Medical Association in 1977.

1973: Elizabeth Rowland Aplin, MD, of Gnadenhutten and Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Aplin was a pediatrician, and was honored for her work in school health and as Director of the Ohio Services for Crippled Children.

1972: Charles Austin Doan, MD, of Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Doan was honored for serving 17 years as Dean of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and for his service to the nation as an outstanding hematologist.

1972: Frederick Taylor Merchant, MD, of Marion, Ohio

Dr. Mechant was a surgeon from Marion, Ohio. He was honored for his service on the State Medical Board and his leadership in development of the FLEX exam program for the National Board of Medical Examiners.

1971: Richard Edward Bullock, MD, of McArthur, Ohio

Dr. Bullock was a family practitioner who for 22 years cared for the residents of Vinton County, Ohio as the county’s only physician.

1970: Thomas E. Shaffer, MD, of Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Shaffer was a pediatrician who influenced the work of OSMA's School Health Committee and became chairman of the American Medical Association Committee on Medical Aspects of Sports.

1970: A. J. Ruppersberg, Jr., MD, of Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Ruppersberg was an obstetrician and gynecologist who co-founded the OSMA Maternal Mortality Study and served as chairman of the OSMA Committee on Maternal Health.

1969: Thomas E. Rardin, MD, of Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Rardin helped establish curriculum for training medical officers and was a founding member of the original American Board of Family Practice.
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