Past Recipients of the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
RWJF Population Health & Health Equity Professor Emerita
University of Pennsylvania
President & Trustee Emerita
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Anthony S. Fauci, MD
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Patricia Gabow, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Stuart Altman, PhD
Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Diane E. Meier, MD
Professor of Geriatrics and Pallative Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital
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
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
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
Steven A. Schroeder, MD
Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care
Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elma L. Holder, MSPH
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.
H. Jack Geiger, MD
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.
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.
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.
Lawrence L. Weed, MD
University of Vermont
Dr. Weed received the Lienhard Award for developing the problem-oriented medical record.
Byllye Y. Avery
National Black Women’s Health Project
Ms. Avery received the Lienhard Award for her pioneering effort to improve health care services for women.
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.
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.
Robert M. Ball, MA
National Academy of Social Insurance
Mr. Ball received the Lienhard Award for his contribution in establishing Medicare as part of the social security system.
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.
Robert J. Haggerty, MD
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.
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.
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.
Julius B. Richmond, MD
Professor of Health Policy, Emeritus
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.