David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award

Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, AGSF

Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, AGSF, a Past President of the AGS and a pillar for geriatrics research, education, and clinical practice, was honored by her AGS peers with one of their highest accolades in 2017: the David H. Solomon Public Service Award.

“Dr. Resnick has set the gold standard for public service in caring for older adults,” notes AGS President Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF. “Her research interests in healthy aging have branched across her career to embrace mentoring for established and emerging colleagues and the care we all hope to receive as we age.”

The Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Dr. Resnick has achieved national and international renown for her research on exercise and mobility. Yet Dr. Resnick is perhaps most well-known as a mentor to countless students, faculty members, researchers, and clinicians who now form the base for the burgeoning healthcare professional workforce attuned to the needs of older adults.

Dr. Resnick’s career in higher education has spanned more than two decades, and includes a focus on clinical work as a geriatric nurse practitioner and on education for future healthcare professionals in the classroom. Her clinical work includes providing primary care to older adults across all long-term care settings, as well as work in senior housing to facilitate healthy aging. Among other contributions to educational excellence, Dr. Resnick is Editor of Geriatric Nursing, Associate Editor of numerous other journals related to research on aging, and Editor of the Geriatric Nursing Review Syllabus, which provides current, comprehensive, and clinically relevant information to nurse practitioners preparing for certification exams. A researcher, clinician, faculty member, and mentor, Dr. Resnick is a steadfast champion for interdisciplinary research and practice, and for assuring that older adults receive the best care possible based on current evidence and clinical expertise. Nowhere does this commitment shine more clearly than in Dr. Resnick’s influential role guiding the AGS, where she has served as a member and volunteer leader for more than 20 years.

Established by the AGS in 2002, the David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award celebrates the legacy of David H. Solomon, MD, AGSF, a renowned geriatrician committed to community service and advancing knowledge about the care of older individuals.

Past Recipients of the David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award

2016    Thomas T. Yoshikawa, MD, AGSF
2015    Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN, FAAN
2014    Corinne H. Rieder, EdD
2013    Joanne G. Schwartzberg, MD
2011    Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI)
2010    Meghan Gerety, MD
2008    William D. Novelli
2007    Nora Gibson, MSW
2006    Donna I. Regenstreif, PhD
2005    Charlotte Maguire, MD
2004    Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
2003    The John A. Hartford Foundation
2002    Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev)