ST. LOUIS - John Morley, M.D., director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University, has received the James Pattee Award for Excellence in Education from AMDA -Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine.
The award is given annually to a physician for his or her contributions to the educational goals of AMDA, which was formerly known as the American Medical Directors Association.
|John Morley, M.D.|
Morley has been editor of the organization's peer-reviewed medical journal, JAMDA, since 2006. Within the year he became editor, the journal was included in Index Medicus, the most prestigious index of scientific literature. Last year, JAMDA was rated as the seventh most cited journal among 40 geriatric titles.
"Dr. Morley has filled JAMDA's pages with a sheer determination and the ability to express what long term care practice should be," said Paul Katz, M.D., AMDA's 2010-2011 president.
"Dr. Morley has talked about JAMDA across the globe and spread AMDA's message of the beauty of caring for the aged. For many, hearing him speak has been a turning point in their career choice. He has affected many, many people and singlehandedly elevated the stature of long term care physicians with every page and every word."
Morley has been the director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University and director of Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 1989. He also serves as medical director of three nursing homes.
In accepting the award, Morley talked about how the award's namesake, Dr. James Pattee first introduced him to geriatrics and involved him in teaching AMDA's core curriculum in medical direction.
"Any award comes to you because those around you have given you the opportunity to do things for others," Morley said.
Board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and geriatric medicine, Morley has edited 16 books and published more than 800 papers, and was among the 100 most-cited authors in the world from 1980 to 1988. In 1998, he received the IPSEN Foundation Longevity Prize, one of the most prestigious European awards for gerontology research.
In addition to his work on JAMDA, Morley has served on the editorial boards of nine journals, and was the associate editor of the geriatrics section of the Yearbook of Endocrinology. In 2000, he became editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science.
Established in 1836, the School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease, cancer and heart/lung disease. The school's department of internal medicine celebrates its centennial in 2011.