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ACRM Gold Key Award

Gold Key Award



“ACRM has been my intellectual home. It spawned the two areas of work that I am most proud of in my career: the body of work on disorders of consciousness and more recently with many others of you on the Rehabilitation Treatment Specifications System. Most importantly, ACRM has given me a set of colleagues that I dearly love and respect. I admire and I trust and I enjoy collaborating with you. It’s a great honor to receive this award and one of the most challenging aspects of thinking about my gradual retirement is wondering how long I will continue to be a part of this organization and in a network with all of you.” John Whyte, MD, PhD, FACRM.  Remarks from the ACRM Henry B. Betts Awards Gala 7 November 2019

The ACRM Awards Committee and Board of Governors are proud to honor John Whyte, MD, PhD, FACRM with the ACRM Gold Key Award for his lifetime achievements. It is the highest honor awarded by ACRM. 

Dr. Whyte is a physiatrist and psychologist, and founding director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute. His research has focused on assessment and treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury, including those with disorders of consciousness, and he has written extensively about the special methodologic challenges inherent in rehabilitation research.

The award was presented to Dr. Whyte by ACRM President, Dr. Deborah Backus (above-left) and ACRM Awards Committee Chair, Ms. Ann Guernon (above-right), during the Henry B. Betts Awards Dinner and Gala at the Hilton Chicago. The Gala was held on 7 November 2019 at the ACRM Annual Conference.