The Dolores Chandra Excellence in Leadership Award

The Dolores Chandra Excellence in Leadership Award was established in memory of Dolores Chandra, TMAA President from 1998-99. It is presented annually by the members of the TMAA House of Delegates to a TMAA member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the Alliance, his or her family and community.

Dolores Chandra was a native of Ireland. A registered nurse by education, she made her home in Chattanooga as the wife of Channappa Chandra, MD, and as the mother of three sons. An outstanding community leader, she devoted her time to many worthwhile causes. At the time of her death, she had served on the AMA Alliance Board of Directors as AMA Foundation Chair and as a Director.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominees and recipients must be a member of the TMAA and have past and/or present service in the medical alliance. Nominees should plan to attend the TMAA Convention.   Any TMAA member may nominate 1 (one) or more individuals. Previous nominees can be re-nominated. 

Documentation Required
Detailed description of nominee as a leader: How the individual makes personal connections with people and how he or she makes a difference through leadership in the Alliance, his or her family, and community involvement (civic & other volunteer organizations, church, etc.).

Recent photograph, biographical, personal data support information - newspaper clippings, letters of recommendations, etc.

The winner is announced at the TMAA Annual Convention and the award is presented by the 'outgoing' TMAA President. All nominees are recognized.

Submitting an Application

  • Please send all nominations to the TMAA President.
  • Deadline for entry is noted on each year's form.
  • To be a valid entry, all documentation must be included and the application form must be signed by the individual making the nomination. 
  • Entries are presented to the Golden Gavel Club Selection Committee, which presents its nominee to the TMAA Board of Directors for approval.