The Kosiak Award was designed to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the prevention and/or management of pressure injuries through their leadership in the areas of research, education and/or patient care.  The award is named in honor of Dr. Michael Kosiak for his classic, original contributions on the etiology of pressure injuries.

2017 Kosiak Award Winner:


2017 Award Winners Josh Burton, Mary Sieggreen, David Brienza and Aamir Siddiqui pose with NPUAP President Mary Litchford

David Brienza, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Past recipients of the Kosiak Award have been:

2015: Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN
2013: Laura Edsberg PhD
2013: Mary Ellen Posthauer, RD, CD, LD
2011: Janet Cuddigan, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
2009: Sharon Baranoski, RN, MSN, CWCN, APN, FAAN
2007: Elizabeth Ayello, RN, PhD
2005: George T. Rodeheaver, PhD
2003: Richard M. Allman, MD
2001: JoAnn Maklebust, MSN, RN, CS, CNP
1999: Barbara Braden, PhD, RN, FAAN
1997: Roberta S. Abruzzese, PhD, RN, FAAN
1995: Martin C. Robson, MD
1993: Thomas Krouskop, PhD
1991: Nancy Bergstrom, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Thomas Stewart Founder’s Award

The Thomas Stewart Founder’s Award was created to honor an individual who has also made significant contributions in the area of pressure injury prevents and treatment, especially in the areas of public policy.  The work of NPUAP in the area of public policy has long been one of this organization’s major thrusts.

2017 Thomas Stewart Founder’s Award Winner:

Aamir Siddiqui, MD
Henry Ford Hospital

Past recipients of the Thomas Stewart Founder’s Award have been:

2015: Joyce Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
2011: MDS 3.0 Team
2009: Joseph A. Rolley
2007: Courtlney Lyder, ND, NP, FAAN
2005: Beverly Cullen
2003: Thomas Stewart 

President’s Recognition Award

The President’s Recognition Award was created in 2013 and is presented to an individual who has made special contributions to the NPAUP and the field of pressure injury prevention and treatment.

2017 President’s Recognition Award Winner:

Joyce Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Past recipients of the President’s Recognition Award have been:

2015: Janet Cuddigan, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
2013: Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN, CWOCN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

JoAnn Maklebust Lifetime Achievement Award

The JoAnn Maklebust Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2013 and is named in honor and in memory of NPUAP Alumna JoAnn Maklebust.  This award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the NPUAP and to preventing and treating pressure injuries.

2017 JoAnn Maklebust Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

Mary Sieggreen, MSN, CNS, NP, CVN
Detroit Medical Center

Past recipients of the JoAnn Maklebust Lifetime Achievement Award have been:

2013: JoAnn Maklebust, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, AOCN, FAAN

Roberta Abruzzese Award

The Roberta Abruzzese Award was designed provide travel funds to a student showing interest and promise in the field of pressure injury research, treatment and prevention or education.  This award is named in honor of Dr. Roberta Abruzzese for her vision, leadership and support in promoting educational endeavors in relation to pressure injury management.  This award is supported by Stryker.

2017 Roberta Abruzzese Winner:

Joshua Burton
University of Utah

2017 Poster Award Winners

Young Investigator Award: Single exposure to clinically relevant levels of moisture contained by an incontinence pad compromises skin health
 LeeAnn Phipps, Hill-Rom, Chicago, IL

Best Overall Contribution to the Field Award: Use of an Anti-Shear Mattress Overlay in Pre-hospital Transport
Author: Ann N. Tescher, APRN CNS, PhD, CCRN, CWCN, FCCM, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Student Presenter Award: The relationship between microcirculation, autonomic function and sacral pressure injury history in people with chronic spinal cord injury
Author: Varsha Rao, BS, PT, Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Honorable Mention: The Smart e-Cushion
Author: Joseph Chung, Student, Tunku Putra Schoo, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia


2017 Poster Award winners LeeAnn Phipps, Joseph Chung, Varsha Rao and Ann Tescher