National Academy of Medicine

Walsh McDermott Medal


The Walsh McDermott Medal will be awarded to a member of the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of distinguished service to the NAM and to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine over an extended period of time. Service to the NAM and the Academies might include leadership roles as an officer, councilor, committee chair, committee member, reviewer, board member, fundraiser, or other such contributions that have enhanced and furthered the mission of the NAM. Service on committees of the Academies and jointly sponsored activities such as the Committee on Human Rights; the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; or the Government–University–Industry Research Roundtable shall be included as relevant contributions.

2017 Recipient

Barbara J. McNeil, M.D., Ph.D.
Ridley Watts Professor and Head, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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  • Past Recipients


    Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.
    Dean and Professor
    Milken Institute School of Public Health
    George Washington University

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    Alan Leshner
    CEO Emeritus
    American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., J.P.
    Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry
    Duke University Medical Center

    Donald M. Berwick, M.D.
    Former President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
    Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    Haile T. Debas, M.D.
    Director, UC Global Health Institute
    Senior Global Health Advisor, UC San Francisco
    Founding Executive Director, Global Health Sciences
    Former Chancellor and Dean Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco

    Robert B. Wallace, M.D.
    Irene Ensminger Stecher Professor of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine
    Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health
    The University of Iowa

    David R. Challoner, M.D.
    Vice President for Health Affairs
    Emeritus University of Florida

    Don E. Detmer, M.D.
    Professor Emeritus and Professor of Medical Education
    Department of Public Health Sciences
    University of Virginia School of Medicine

    Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor of Medicine, Genetics and Public Health
    Center for Computational Medicine and Biology
    University of Michigan Medical School

    Jack D. Barchas, M.D.
    Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
    Weill Medical College of Cornell University
    Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Weill Cornell Medical Center

    Elena O. Nightingale, M.D., Ph.D.
    Scholar-in-Residence, Institute of Medicine

    Ada Sue Hinshaw, Ph.D., R.N.
    Dean, School of Nursing
    University of Michigan

    Floyd E. Bloom, M.D.
    Chairman of the Department of Neuropharmacology
    Scripps Research Institute

    Leon Eisenberg, M.D.
    Professor of Social Medicine Emeritus
    Harvard Medical School

    Enriqueta C. Bond, Ph.D.
    President, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

    Julius B. Richmond, M.D.
    John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy Emeritus
    Harvard University

    Mary Ellen Avery, M.D.
    Thomas Morgan Rotch Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Emerita
    Harvard Medical School
    Physician-in-Chief, Emeritus
    Children’s Hospital in Boston

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