Initiated in 2003 by Executive Council, the R. Benton Adkins Jr. Distinguished Service Award was created to honor the memory of R. Benton Adkins, Jr. M.D. Benton was one of the founding members of the AACA and worked tirelessly to promote the Association and its aims both while serving on and off Council.

This award is not meant to necessarily be given out annually unless there is an individual the Council and/or general membership via nomination (see above) feel is deserving of the award.

The following list indicates the individuals to date to have been awarded this honor:

2004 - Robert J. Leonard, Ph.D.
2006 - Daniel O. Graney, Ph.D.
2007 - Ralph Ger, MD, FRCCS, FACS*
2009 - Arthur F. Dalley, II. Ph.D.
2011 - Carol Scott Connor, M.D., Ph.D., MBA
2012 - Keith L. Moore, Ph.D.
2013 - Stephen Carmichael, Ph.D., DSc
2015 - Lawrence M. Ross, MD, Ph.D.*
2016 - Thomas H. Quinn, Ph.D.                                                                                                                            2017 - Ronald S. Wade 

*deceased