Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care – Past Recipients

2018

Stuart Altman, PhD

Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University

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2017

Diane E. Meier, MD

Professor of Geriatrics and Pallative Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital

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2016

David Cella, PhD

Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor and Chair
Department of Medical Social Sciences
Director, Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes
Institute for Public Health and Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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2015

Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD

Louis and Bess Stein Professor of Pediatrics
Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Head of the Developmental Biology Laboratory
Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

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2014

Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN

Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing
Professor of Sociology
Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

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2013

Steven A. Schroeder, MD

Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care
Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

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Dr. Schroeder received the Lienhard Award for his pioneering efforts to control tobacco use, as well as his leadership in health services research, general medicine, and palliative care.

2012

Donald M. Berwick, MD

Former President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Dr. Berwick received the Lienhard Award for his work to catalyze a national movement to improve health care quality and safety. 

2011

Jerold F. Lucey, MD

University Scholar and Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Dr. Lucey received the Lienhard Award for investigating and applying life-saving medical technologies and procedures to the care of premature infants. 

2010

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., LLB

Founder and Chairman
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University

Mr. Califano received the Lienhard Award for his leadership in catalyzing federal action to curb smoking and his broader efforts to reduce the toll of addiction and substance abuse, as well as for his contributions to improving public health in general. 

2009

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD

Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director Emeritus, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute

Dr. Starzl received the Lienhard Award for his foundational role in pioneering and advancing transplantation science. 

2008

John E. Wennberg, MD, MPH

Peggy Y. Thomson Chair for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences
Founder and Director Emeritus, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Dr. Wennberg received the Lienhard Award for his leading role in reshaping the U.S. health care system to focus on objective evidence and outcomes rather than physician preference as the basis for treatment decisions, and for his efforts to empower patients with greater input on decisions about their own care.

2007

Howard H. Hiatt, MD

Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hiatt received the Lienhard Award for improving the performance of personal health services in the United States and around the world. 

2006

Aaron T. Beck, MD

University Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research

Dr. Beck received the Lienhard Award for developing the theory and practice of cognitive therapy that benefited nearly 5 million people in the United States and millions worldwide.

2005

Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD

Vice President and Director, RAND Health
Professor of Medicine and Health Services, Center for Health Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Brook received the Lienhard Award for his dedication and commitment to improving the effectiveness of health care services and shaping the discourse on health care policy. 

2004

Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH

President and CEO
National Quality Forum

Dr. Kizer received the Lienhard Award for his transformation of the veterans health care  system to a model system of patient safety, innovation, and quality care. 

2003

B. Jaye Anno, PhD

Bernard P. Harrison, JD

Co-founders, National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Dr. Anno and Mr. Harrison received the Lienhard Award for their work to improve the public health and humanity of medical systems for the incarcerated. 

2002

Kathryn E. Barnard, PhD, RN

Director, Center on Infant Mental Health and Development
University of Washington

Dr. Barnard received the Lienhard Award for developing evidence-based assessment and parent education protocols that are used worldwide and have revolutionized clinical practice with infants and their parents. 

 

T. Berry Brazelton, MD

President and Chairman
Brazelton Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Brazelton received the Lienhard Award for changing the understanding of infants, children, and child development during the last century, and the development of the Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale. 

2001

Ruth Watson Lubic, RN, CNM, EdD

President and Co-CEO
District of Columbia Developing Families Center

Dr. Lubic received the Lienhard Award for pioneering work in the development of humane and innovative services for childbearing and childrearing families. 

2000

Philip R. Lee, MD

Professor Emeritus, Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Lee received the Lienhard Award for his unequaled contributions to improving personal health services in the United States and abroad as practitioner, advocate, researcher, policymaker, administrator, and public leader. 

1999

Elma L. Holder, MSPH

Founding Member
National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform

Ms. Holder received the Lienhard Award for bringing the needs of an underserved, often neglected and abused nursing home population to high national awareness. 

1998

H. Jack Geiger, MD

Professor Emeritus
City University of New York Medical School

Dr. Geiger received the Lienhard Award for creating a model of the contemporary American community health center to serve the poor and disadvantaged, and for his contributions to the advancements of minority health. 

1997

Lester Breslow, MD, MPH

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Breslow received the Lienhard Award for his contributions to the conceptual development and application of clinical preventive services in personal health care and to the development of personal health risk assessments. 

1996

Robert N. Butler, MD

Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

 

T. Franklin Williams, MD

Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
University of Rochester School of Medicine

Drs. Butler and Williams received the Lienhard Award for their contributions to the fields of geriatrics and gerontology.

1995

Lawrence L. Weed, MD

Professor Emeritus
University of Vermont

Dr. Weed received the Lienhard Award for developing the problem-oriented medical record. 

1994

Byllye Y. Avery

Founder
National Black Women’s Health Project

Ms. Avery received the Lienhard Award for her pioneering effort to improve health care services for women. 

1993

David E. Rogers, MD

Walsh McDermott University Professor of Medicine
Cornell University Medical College

Dr. Rogers received the Lienhard Award for leadership in advancing personal health care services. 

1992

C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD

McInerney Professor of Surgery
Dartmouth Medical School

 

Faye G. Abdellah, EdD, ScD, RN

Chair, Nursing Task Force
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Drs. Koop and Abdellah received the Lienhard Award for leadership in promoting health in the public arena. 

1991

Robert M. Ball, MA

Visiting Scholar
National Academy of Social Insurance

Mr. Ball received the Lienhard Award for his contribution in establishing Medicare as part of the social security system. 

1990

Henry K. Silver, MD

Associate Dean for Student Admissions
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

 

Loretta C. Ford, EdD, RN

Professor and Dean Emerita
School of Nursing, University of Rochester

Drs. Silver and Ford received the Lienhard Award for fostering the concept of the nurse practitioner. 

1989

Robert J. Haggerty, MD

President
William T. Grant Foundation

Dr. Haggerty received the Lienhard Award for carrying the concept of neighborhood health centers into the practice of “family medicine” as an indispensable aspect of primary care. 

1988

Marie-Louis Ansak

Executive Director
On Lok Senior Health Services

Ms. Ansak received the Lienhard Award for pioneering work in nonprofit comprehensive care, as founder of On Lok Senior Health Services, a day-care center for the frail elderly. 

1987

Ernest W. Saward, MD

Professor of Social Medicine, Emeritus
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Saward received the Lienhard Award for his leadership in the establishment of prepaid group health plans. 

1986

Julius B. Richmond, MD

Professor of Health Policy, Emeritus
Harvard University

Dr. Richmond received the Lienhard Award for his role as architect of federal programs for Head Start and Neighborhood Health Centers in the 1960s and 1970s. 


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