That National Academy of Medicine is pleased to announce that Anthony S. Fauci is the recipient of the 2020 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care and that Stephen P. Hinshaw is the recipient of the 2020 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health.
Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care
Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is receiving the 2020 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care for his role as a leader of federal research and policy on infectious diseases and, in particular, for his deft, scientifically grounded leadership in shaping an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The award will be presented to Dr. Fauci at the National Academy of Medicine’s annual meeting, held virtually for the first time ever, on October 19, 2020.
At NIAID, Dr. Fauci oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, as well as emerging and re-emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika, and has advised six U.S. presidents on many domestic and global health issues. Dr. Fauci has made critical discoveries that have advanced the understanding and treatment of HIV and AIDS and played a critical role in designing the U.S. and global response to the epidemic. He was instrumental in the creation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has saved millions of lives globally.
In 2019 and 2020, Dr. Fauci served as a top advisor to the government on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and led NIAID-sponsored research on how to prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.
Dr. Fauci is the 35th recipient of the Lienhard Award. Given annually, the award recognizes outstanding national achievement in improving personal health care in the United States. Nominees are eligible for consideration without regard to education or profession, and award recipients are selected by a committee of experts convened by the National Academy of Medicine. This year’s selection committee was chaired by Donald M. Berwick, MD, president emeritus and senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; and former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Lienhard Award is funded by an endowment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Gustav O. Lienhard was chair of the foundation’s board of trustees from the organization’s establishment in 1971 to his retirement in 1986 — a period in which the foundation moved to the forefront of American philanthropy in health care. Lienhard, who died in 1987, built his career with Johnson & Johnson, beginning as an accountant and retiring 39 years later as its president.
Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health
Stephen P. Hinshaw, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and vice chair for child and adolescent psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, is receiving the 2020 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his research on inattention and impulse-control problems in children, as well as his work on reducing mental illness stigma. The award will be presented to Dr. Hinshaw at the National Academy of Medicine’s annual meeting, held virtually for the first time ever, on October 19, 2020.
Dr. Hinshaw has been the principal investigator at the Berkeley site for the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD since 1992, and his core work on this study has revealed the mediation of behavioral change at school by enhanced parenting practices. Dr. Hinshaw’s work spans developmental psychopathology, clinical interventions with children and adolescents, and program development related to reducing the widespread stigmatization of mental illness. Dr. Hinshaw’s work has received international acclaim, integrating the psychobiological underpinnings of ADHD with the reality of school-based policies that may spuriously increase rates of diagnosed prevalence.
Hinshaw has also mentored new generations of investigators in child and adolescent mental health, having taught thousands of undergraduates and hundreds of doctoral students. Before attending graduate school, Hinshaw directed residential summer camps and alternative schools for youth with mental and developmental disabilities, and has continued to direct summer treatment and research programs for youth with ADHD and longitudinal investigations into adulthood. Hinshaw has worked with foundations and nonprofit organizations to develop models of action- and contact-based high-school clubs to overcome mental illness stigma, and has formally evaluated such efforts.
Since 1992, the Sarnat Prize has been presented to individuals, groups, or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in improving mental health. The prize recognizes – without regard for professional discipline or nationality – achievements in basic science, clinical application, and public policy that lead to progress in the understanding, etiology, prevention, treatment, or cure of mental disorders, or to the promotion of mental health. As defined by the nominating criteria, the field of mental health encompasses neuroscience, psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatry, and advocacy.
The award is supported by an endowment created by Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat of Los Angeles. Rhoda Sarnat was a licensed clinical social worker, and Bernard Sarnat was a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and researcher. The Sarnats’ concern about the destructive effects of mental illness inspired them to establish the award. This year’s selection committee was chaired by Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, professor of psychiatry, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.