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AACVPR Awards 

Each year, AACVPR recognizes the best, brightest and most innovative individuals in the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation industry with the prestigious AACVPR Awards. Congratulations to all recipients! 

The L. Kent Smith Award of Excellence, Michael L. Pollock Established Investigator Award, and Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar Award will be presented to recipients on Friday, September 20 during the 34th Annual Meeting Awards Showcase.


L. Kent Smith Award of Excellence

AACVPR presents its most prestigious award to an individual whose significant and unique professional contributions have had a major impact on the delivery of cardiovascular and/or pulmonary rehabilitation.

Gerene S. Bauldoff, PhD, RN, MAACVPR


Michael L. Pollock Established Investigator 

AACVPR presents this award to an individual who has made significant research contributions to the field of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

Mary A. Whooley, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACC

Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar

AACVPR presents this award to an individual who has made outstanding clinical contributions to the field of pulmonary rehabilitation


Martjin A. Spruit, PhD, PT

Session: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Is Like a Swiss Army Knife

Presidential Recognition Award Recipients

The Presidential Recognition Award is an opportunity for the outgoing AACVPR President to formally recognize and thank individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the president’s term and the association as a whole.


Steven J. Keteyian, PhD, FAACVPR


Million Hearts



Distinguished Service Award Winners

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to individual(s) whose leadership, ideas, and committee work have significantly benefited AACVPR as an organization.

Tamara Garwick, MA, ACSM, RCEP, CES, FAACVPR 




Outstanding Affiliate Award

This award recognizes an affiliate that supports and encourages the mission and goals of AACVPR through member activities, educational opportunities and professional development


Wisconsin Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health & Rehabilitation (WISCPHR)


Dr. Linda K. Hall Innovation Award

The purpose of the Innovation Award is to acknowledge those programs that have enhanced their delivery of care for a patient population in a unique and creative way.


To be announced