Emergency Medicine

Harwood-Nuss recognized for achievement

Ann Harwood-Nuss (BS ’70, MD ‘73), professor emeritus at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement. Since 1963 the University of Iowa Alumni Association has presented the award, its highest honor, to acknowledge the service or achievement of alumni and friends.

During an internship in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Harwood-Nuss worked with medical professionals on the forefront of developing emergency medicine as a specialty. It was there she developed an interest in medical education and first recognized the need for formal residencies in emergency medicine. Widely regarded as one of the early pioneers in the specialty of emergency medicine, Ann Harwood-Nuss directed one of the nation’s first emergency medicine residency programs. She subsequently was involved in establishing the University of Florida Department of Emergency Medicine after joining the faculty in 1981.

During the course of her career, Harwood-Nuss’ name became synonymous with emergency medicine education. She has written and edited numerous publications, most notably one of the standard textbooks used in many emergency medicine residency programs. As a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Florida for more than 30 years, she received the University of Florida College of Medicine Society of Teaching Scholars Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Additionally that year, a special College of Medicine award, the Ann Harwood-Nuss Resident Advocacy Award, was created to recognize her contributions to the college.