Clinical Excellence Awards

2024 Clinician Excellence Awards

PVA Healthcare Summit + Expo
Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California
August 25 – August 28, 2024

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Clinical Excellence Awards recognize and honor peer-nominated Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinicians who demonstrate clinical excellence among their professional peers and embody quality values in the care of people living with SCI, ALS, and MS.

Six award winners will receive an all-expenses-paid conference package (registration, hotel and travel expense) to attend the 2024 PVA Healthcare Summit + Expo in Anaheim, California, where they will be formally presented with their award.

Let’s Recognize Excellence!!!

ANY clinician working with SCI/D can be nominated

Previous submissions are encouraged to re-submit

Nomination Instructions & Eligibility Criteria

Nominate your professional peer who has demonstrated excellence and success by measurably advancing care delivery and promoting change for people with SCI, ALS, and MS through clinical practice or scientific achievement. Please thoroughly follow the instructions below for your submission:

  1. List the Nominee’s name, credentials, title, facility, telephone number, and email address.
  2. List the Nominator’s name, credentials, title, facility, telephone number, and email address.
  3. Write a narrative of 1,000 words or less describing the individual’s accomplishments and excellence with description using all Categories A-E:
    1. TRAINING & EXPERIENCE: The Nominee has significant experience and demonstrated expertise in the care of people with SCI, ALS, or MS, and has used their SCI/D experience to better support coworkers, patients or caregivers and enact change in care delivery through clinical practice or scientific achievement.
    2. LEADERSHIP: The Nominee has demonstrated leadership, even if they are not a formal leader in title, and is recognized as a role model by colleagues in their practice. The nominee advocates for improvement within the health care team or in the lives of people living with SCI, ALS, or MS and/or their caregivers.
    3. INNOVATION: The Nominee brings new ideas and initiatives to the health care team by implementing a new program, protocol or service; carries out new programs as assigned with input for improvement; or, has delivered unconventional or innovative solutions when faced with a care delivery challenge.
    4. DEDICATION: The Nominee is readily accessible to patients or the health care team, and advocates or volunteers outside of their work place for those who live with SCI, ALS, or MS and/or their caregivers.
    5. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: The Nominee has contributed above and beyond by providing evidence-based practice education to other SCI, ALS, or MS professionals, the community, and/or Veterans with SCI, ALS, or MS to improve patient outcomes or patient safety.
  4. Submit your nomination no later than June 7th via Microsoft Word or PDF format to

Scoring Criteria

All nominations received by June 7th will be reviewed and scored by a multi-disciplinary healthcare selection committee. There are no longer strict categories by discipline. There will be 6 Award Winners, selected from any discipline. The following criteria will contribute to the score:

  • Multiple Nominations for the same Nominee
  • Quality of the Nomination Document (adherence to instructions)
  • Training/Experience
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Dedication
  • Professional Achievement

Nominees with the top 10% of scores will advance to the final selection round. Award winners and their nominators will be notified by July 1st, 2024.

All questions concerning the awards should be sent to

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