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.


2018 Recipient

Elaine L. Larson, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, CIC Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research and Professor of Epidemiology School of Nursing, Columbia University

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For more information, contact Donna Duncan, Membership Officer, at dduncan@nas.edu

Past Recipients - 2017


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 - 2016


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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Past Recipients - 2015


Alan Leshner
CEO Emeritus
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Past Recipients - 2014


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

Past Recipients - 2013


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

Past Recipients - 2012


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

Past Recipients - 2011


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 

Past Recipients - 2010


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

Past Recipients - 2009


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

Past Recipients - 2008


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

Past Recipients - 2007


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

Past Recipients - 2006


Elena O. Nightingale, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute of Medicine 

Past Recipients - 2005


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

Past Recipients - 2004


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

Past Recipients - 2003


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

Past Recipients - 2002


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

Past Recipients - 2001


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

Past Recipients - 2000


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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