Awards and Honors


Dr. John Hirdes — Appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), elected by his peers for “outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement.” Appointed to the esteemed Order of Canada for his “contributions to evidence-based health care practice and policy, notably through the research and development of standardized assessments and decision support tools.”

Dr. Veronique Boscart — Appointed to the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association, reflecting a career of sustained positive impact across nursing and health systems in Canada.

Drs. Shannon L. Stewart, Samir Sinha — Appointed to the esteemed Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community, carrying with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well-being of the health sciences.


Dr. Samir Sinha — Selected as runner-up for the Medical Post Awards’ Media Engagement Award – Trailblazer. This award honours a Canadian doctor who is leading change in healthcare through media and social media communications as an individual doctor at the grassroots level.

Drs. Aparajit B. Dey, Leon Geffen, Vivian W.Q. Lou  Selected to join The United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing, an opportunity to work together to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live. These three interRAI members are among the 50 individuals worldwide that the UN has selected as inspirational exemplars of global leaders working to transform the world to be a better place to grow older.

Dr. John Hirdes — Promoted to University Professor at the University of Waterloo, a prestigious lifetime appointment which recognizes his career to date including excellence in monitoring of all his trainees, students, and staff, and his substantive scientific contributions.

Dr. Hongsoo Kim — Selected as a member of the WHO’s technical advisory group (TAG) on measurement, monitoring, and evaluation of the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing.

Dr. Vivian Lou — Promoted to full professor at the University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Vincent Mor — Awarded Brown University’s Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal of Honor, recognizing Mor for the impact of his service, leadership and research over four decades at Brown, as well as for his devotion to the health and well-being of individuals and to the public good.

Dr. Graziano Onder — Promoted to full professor in Palliative Care Medicine at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, beginning November 1, 2022.



Fourteen interRAI members Received a Horizon 2020 award of $5.8 million euro as participants in a consortium of 14 partners from six countries for Individualized CARE for Older Persons with Complex Chronic Conditions at home and in nursing homes, to develop a new generation of prognostic algorithms using machine learning techniques on linked interRAI repositories.  interRAI members are: Roberto Bernabei, Johanna De Almeida Mello, Anja Declercq, Daniela Fialová, Harriet Finne-Soveri, Brant Fries, Jacob Gindin, George Heckman, John Hirdes, Elizabeth P. Howard, John N. Morris, Graziano Onder, Katarzyna Szczerbińska, and Hein van Hout.



Dr. Brant Fries — Received the 2019 Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service at the University of Michigan to honor his extraordinary distinction in public service by members of the University faculty.

Dr. Chris Perlman Awarded two grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research that will make use of interRAI data: Grant 1 (with Dr. Lynn Martin as a Co-PI) to develop a decision support tool for patients in inpatient psychiatry based on RAI-Mental Health; Grant 2 (with Dr. Shannon Stewart as a Co-investigator) to examine trends in cannabis use among persons admitted to inpatient psychiatry in Ontario.

Dr. Shannon Stewart — Awarded funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to examine the influence of trauma-informed care training on the type of care provided and outcomes for children and youth who have experienced trauma life events.

Dr. Katarzyna Szczerbińska Elected to the position of the Secretary General of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics for the European Region (IAGG-ER) the largest association in the world devoted to gerontology.



Dr. Ron Hoffman and Dr. Lynn MartinAwarded funds from the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services to study adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are admitted to an inpatient psychiatric setting after being involved with the criminal justice system.

Dr. Chantal Van Audenhove — Received a medal from the Flemish community for many years of excellent policy and practice-oriented research on care for vulnerable people.



Dr. Veronique BoscartReceived the 2017 Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Pi-At-Large Chapter, Dorothy M. Pringle Award for Excellence in Research, acknowledging the importance of nursing research to the development of nursing science and to nursing practice.

Dr. Hongsoo KimPromoted to tenured full professor at Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health, South Korea.

Dr. Melinda Martin-KhanAwarded a prestigious $1.86m Australia National Health and Medical Research Council grant to implement the new interRAI Acute Care system in up to 8 Australian hospitals.



The Cognitive Performance Scale (CPS) — Reached milestone of 20 years in use as one of interRAI’s most mature and effective applications.

Dr. Andrew Costa — Received funding of $688,051 CAD from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research with a team of co-investigators including Drs. Veronique M. Boscart, George A. Heckman, John P. Hirdes, and Samir K. Sinha, for Phase 1 of the DIVERT-CARE (Collaboration Action Research & Evaluation) Trial of cardio-respiratory disease management in home care in three Canadian provinces.

Dr. Brant Fries Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Waterloo in recognition of his contributions to society in Canada, the US, and elsewhere in the world, as President of interRAI — a fitting honour for one who has helped and supported everyone who belongs to interRAI. Dr. Fries was also awarded the Impact Accelerator Award by the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), University of Michigan.

interRAI Participated on a team including CIHI, Health Canada, First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, and Momentum Healthware that won the Canadian Health Informatics Awards for Innovation and Care Delivery for the introduction of the interRAI Home Care assessment system to all First Nations communities in Alberta.

Dr. Vincent Mor Awarded the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award for his contributions to quality in the long term and post-acute care community by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

Dr. Charles Phillips Promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Health Services Insights, an open access journal published by Libertas Academica.

Dr. Shannon Stewart Won, with her team, the Amethyst Award (Canada’s highest recognition of service excellence) for their work in developing the interRAI Child and Youth Suite of Assessment instruments.



Dr. Katarzyna Szczerbińska — Elected as Treasurer of the Executive Board of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics for the European Region (IAGG-ER), the largest association devoted to gerontology within clinical, biological and psycho-social section; it includes 40 gerontology or geriatric societies from 34 European countries involving 23,623 members.



Dr. Shannon Stewart — Awarded approximately $600,000 from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) as recipient of The Partnerships for Health System Improvement grant entitled, “Connecting youth in custody with mental health services,” which will fund the interRAI Youth Justice instrument pilot project.

Dr. Katarzyna Szczerbińska — Promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in the specialty of Geriatrics and appointed to position of Head of Unit for Research on Aging Society at Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Medical Faculty, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.



Dr. Anja Declercq — Promoted to Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

Dr. Brant Fries — Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WHO regarding collaboration on four projects. Dr. Jacob Gindin (with the help of Dr. John Morris) was instrumental in the execution of the agreement; Dr. John Hirdes is also involved in one project; Jacob and John Morris visited Ghana to begin another of the projects.

Dr. John Hirdes — Recognized with the national honor of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his leadership in the development and adoption of interRAI tools to enable the delivery of high-quality home care and community care services across Canada.

Dr. John Hirdes — Received the University of Waterloo Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, recognizing his excellence, described with the award as “a mentor, an advisor, a role model, a humanist and a strategist. A caring and effective supervisor [who] possesses a high level of energy and ingenuity.”

Dr. Pálmi Jónsson — Granted tenure for his current position (Professor of Geriatrics) at the University of Iceland, Faculty of Medicine.



Dr. Vincent Mor — Received the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth for his work focusing on the factors associated with variation in use of health services and the outcomes of the frail elderly and chronically ill experience.

Dr. Charles Phillips — Named a standing member of the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) study section.

Dr. Katarzyna Szczerbińska — Received a special Profutura award.

Dr. Liv Wergeland Sørbye — Promoted to Professor after the evaluation of her scientific work, teaching and supervision experience and achievements at the Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway.




Dr. Len Gray, Dr. Rich Jones, Dr. Melinda Martin-Khan — Awarded a grant (A$280,000) by the Queensland Emergency Medical Research Foundation as part of a team led by Dr. Ellen Burkett at the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland in Australia for a project focused on developing a quality framework for frail older people in Emergency Departments.

Dr. Charles Phillips — Received a $1.4M grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop and implement a strategy to reduce C. difficile among nursing homes residents while working with the American Institutes for Research and the Texas Medicare Quality Improvement Organization on this project.



Dr. Pálmi Jónsson — Promoted to the first full Professor of Geriatric Medicine within the Faculty of Medicine at University of Iceland.

Dr. Vincent Mor — Received the Public Service Award from The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term-Care (NCCNHR) for his series of studies revealing racial and socioeconomic inequality in nursing home care in the United States.

Dr. Charles D. Phillips — Awarded a Regents Professorship from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. With Dr. Catherine Hawes, awarded a Regents Professorship in 2006, this distinguishes them as only the second faculty couple in the Texas A&M University System to both be named Regents Professors.

Dr. Miel Ribbe — Honored on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of Netherlands as “Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau” for founding and leading the department of Nursing Home Medicine during its 20 years at VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam.

Dr. Knight Steel — Received the 2008 Spirit of Planetree Physician Champion Award.



Dr. Jeff Poss — Won an Age+ award from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (Institute on Aging), for his doctoral dissertation on RUG-III/HC for excellence in research in aging by emerging scholars in Canada.

Dr. Catherine Hawes — Elected to the National Policy Council for American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Dr. Brant Fries — Received an $800K contract from the State of Michigan to use the interRAI MH instrument to assess psychiatric problems in prison to determine the need for and provision of psychiatric services among prisoners statewide. Drs. Greg Brown, John Hirdes, and Howard Barbaree are consultants on this project.

Dr. Len Gray and Dr. John Morris — Awarded a significant research grant from The Academic Unit in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland, Australia to develop a suite of Quality Indicators for care of the frail elderly in acute care.