The Army Surgeon General selected Col. Mohammad Naeem to receive the Maj. Gen. Lewis Aspey Mologne Award, which recognizes an Army physician who exhibits a balance between military medicine and academic leadership on a national level.
Naeem serves as the diagnostic radiologist and officer-in-charge of Belvoir Hospital’s Radiology Strategic Operations and Emergency Response Team.
Maj. Gen. Telita Crosland, deputy surgeon general, Office of the Surgeon General, presented the award to Naeem among a select group of Army physicians who were also honored for their commitment to excellence in support of Army Medicine.
This prestigious award is named after one of the first West Point graduates allowed to attend medical school, who served for 34 years.
Earning this distinction is quite significant to Naeem, who claimed this distinction has historically been awarded to trauma surgeons, critical care doctors, emergency physicians and pediatric surgeons, to name a few. According to Naeem, the efforts of these medical and surgical specialties are more visible than radiology and pathology surgeons, who often operate in extremely arduous conditions. Most people may not know or fully understand the vital role played by these skilled physicians who have little or no patient contact.
“To the best of my knowledge, I am the first radiologist to have received this highest military academic honor,” Naeem said. “I sincerely hope that seeing the possibility of a radiologist winning this most prestigious award will motivate and encourage physicians in these support roles and specialties that they, too, can win these honors, as long as they are steadfast and zealous in their pursuit.”