The honor, announced as part of the college’s 40th anniversary celebrations, recognizes emergency physicians who have made significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities and their patients.
Tintinalli, the emergency department’s founding chairman, is also an adjunct professor in the department of health policy and administration in the UNC School of Public Health, and a guest lecturer in medical journalism in UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The college described Tintinalli is one of the world’s leading emergency medicine educators and said that her dedication, passion and commitment embody the vision of its founders and the ideals of the specialty.
Tintinalli was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 1997, was president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine from 1989 to 1990, and was the founding president of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors. She served as deputy editor of the Annals of Emergency Medicine from 1994 to 2005 and is editor of Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, first published in 1978 and now in its 6th edition.
The American College of Emergency Physicians is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine with more than 25,000 members.