Adam Yarmolinsky Medal



The Adam Yarmolinsky Medal is awarded to a member of the National Academy of Medicine from a discipline outside the health and medical sciences — for example, from fields such as the social and behavioral sciences, law, public policy, and administration. It recognizes distinguished service by a member who, over a significant period of time, has contributed in multiple ways to the mission of the NAM. The Adam Yarmolinsky Medal was not conferred in 2010, 2011 and 2014.


2019 Recipient

Gail Wilensky, PhD

Economist and Senior Fellow
Project HOPE

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Previous Recipients - 2018


Nicholas A. Peppas, ScD

Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering
Professor of Chemical Engineering
McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

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Previous Recipients - 2017


Ruth R. Faden, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Berman Center for Bioethics
Johns Hopkins University

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Previous Recipients - 2016


Mary Woolley, M.A
President and CEO

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Previous Recipients - 2015


Susan Scrimshaw
The Sage Colleges

Previous Recipients - 2013


R. Alta Charo
Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law & Bioethics
School of Law and Department of Medical History and Bioethics
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Previous Recipients - 2012


Gail L. Warden
President Emeritus
Henry Ford Health System

Previous Recipients - 2009


Joseph P. Newhouse, Ph.D.
John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management
Harvard University 

Previous Recipients - 2008


David Mechanic, Ph.D.
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick 

Previous Recipients - 2007


Karen Davis, Ph.D.
The Commonwealth Fund 

Previous Recipients - 2006


Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Academic Programs
Professor of Law
Georgetown University
Professor of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Director of the Center on Law and the Public’s Health
Georgetown University Law Center 

Previous Recipients - 2005


Henry W. Riecken, Ph.D.
Professor of Behavioral Sciences Emeritus
University of Pennsylvania 

Previous Recipients - 2004


Lawrence S. Lewin, M.B.A
Founder of Lewin and Associates, Inc. (now The Lewin Group)
Executive Consultant in the Washington metropolitan area 

Previous Recipients - 2003


Paul G. Rogers, J.D.
Partner, Hogan & Hartson 

Previous Recipients - 2002


Richard J. Bonnie, J.D.
John S. Battle Professor of Law
Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Previous Recipients - 2001


Walter J. McNerney, M.H.A.
Herman Smith Professor Emeritus of Health Policy
Kellogg Graduate School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Previous Recipients - 2000


Rashi Fein, Ph.D., LL.D. (honorary)
Professor of the Economics of Medicine, Emeritus
Harvard Medical School

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