Stephen Tantama, MD Military Excellence Award

Purpose of Award

To commemorate Dr. Stephen Tantama and honor others who embody the ideals that he optimized: Leadership, integrity, and bravery in service to our nation and our specialty.

Dr. Stephen Tantama, Navy Commander, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 25, 2013, after battling cancer. He joined the Navy and was a Medical Officer in Quantico, VA before moving to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, becoming an attending physician in the Emergency Department and an Assistant Professor. He served 11 years and deployed multiple times, including Afghanistan in 2010.

Application Process

Nomination letter from a faculty member or member of the military and the nominee's CV


EMRA member  (Student, Resident, or Alumni) currently in the military

Selection Criteria

Excellence and service in the military and in emergency medicine

Application Deadline

October 18, 2023

Date of Inception


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Past Recipients

2022 Lt. Col. Jaysun Frisch, DO
2021 Haley Dodson, MD
2020 Cpt. Joshua Lowe, MD
2019 Cpt. Mia Geurts, MD
2018 Cpt. Daniel Holleyman, MD
2017 Cpt. Joshua Kriege, MD

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