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Past Recipients of the Nathan Davis Awards

Past Recipients of the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards Presented for Outstanding Contributions

"To Promote the Art and Science of Medicine and the Betterment of the Public Health"

For more information, please contact:
The Dr. Nathan Davis Awards
Office of the Secretariat
1401 Eye Street Northwest, Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 783-9156

United States Senator

1989 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., Connecticut
1990 Orrin G. Hatch, Utah
Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts
1991 John D. Rockefeller, IV, West Virginia
1992 Dale Bumpers, Arkansas
Bob Dole, Kansas
1993 Christopher Dodd, Connecticut
1994 John H. Chafee, Rhode Island
1995 Mark O. Hatfield, Oregon
1996 Connie Mack, Florida
1997 Mike DeWine, Ohio
1998 John McCain, Arizona
1999 John B. Breaux, Louisiana
2001 Richard J. Durbin, JD, Illinois
2002 Dianne Feinstein, California
2003 Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico
2004 William H. Frist, MD, Tennessee
2005 Max Baucus, Montana
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
2006 Jon Kyl, Arizona
2007 Gordon H. Smith, Oregon
2008 Tom Harkin, Iowa
2009 Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts
2012 Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
2015 Irene Aguilar, MD, Colorado

United States Representative

1989 Henry A. Waxman, California
1990 William H. Natcher, Kentucky
1991 J. Roy Rowland, MD, Georgia
C. W. "Bill" Young, Florida
1992 Charles B. Rangel, New York
1993 Charles W. Stenholm, Texas
1994 Nancy Johnson, Connecticut
1995 Bill Archer, Texas
1996 John Edward Porter, Illinois
1997 Marge Roukema, New Jersey
1998 Greg Ganske, MD, Iowa
Louis Stokes, Ohio
1999 Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland
2000 John D. Dingell, Michigan
Charlie Norwood, DDS, Georgia
2001 Michael Bilirakis, Florida
2002 Constance A. Morella, Maryland
2003 James C. Greenwood, Pennsylvania
2004 William M. Thomas, California
2006 J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois
2007 Sherrod Brown, Ohio
2008 Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland
2009 Nathan Deal, Georgia
2010 Donna Christensen, MD, U.S. Virgin Islands
2011 Rosa L. DeLauro, Connecticut
2012 Allyson Y. Schwartz, Pennsylvania
2014 Fred Upton, Michigan
2015 Michael C. Burgess, MD, Texas

Member of the Executive Branch by Presidential Appointment

1989 C. Everett Koop, MD,
Surgeon General of the United States
1990 Louis W. Sullivan, MD,
Secretary of Health and Human Services
1991 Margaret M. Heckler,
former Secretary of Health and Human Services
1992 Antonia C. Novello, MD,
Surgeon General of the United States
1993 Philip R. Lee, MD,
Assistant Secretary for Health, Health and Human Services
1994 J. Jarrett Clinton, MD, MPH,
former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Regional Health Administrator, Region V, Georgia
1996 David Satcher, MD, PhD,
Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
1997 Donna Shalala,
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1998 Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH,
Under Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
1999 Ricardo Martinez, MD,
Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2000 John M. Eisenberg, MD,
Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2001 Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH,
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2002 William H. Foege, MD, MPH,
Former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2003 Tommy G. Thompson,
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
2004 Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD,
Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
2005 William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD, MBA,
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
2006 Carolyn Clancy, MD,
Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
2007 Margaret J. Giannini, MD, FAAP,
Director, Office on Disability, US Department of Health and Human Services
2009 Jeffrey William Runge, MD, FACEP, President, Biologue, Inc.
2010 Vice Admiral John Mateczun, M.D., Commander, Joint Task Force, National Capital Region Medical
2011 R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commander, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
2013 Donald Berwick, M.D., former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
2015 Bruce G. Gellin, MD, MPH
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
Director, National Vaccine Program Office
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Member of the Executive Branch in Career Public Service

1989 Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD,
Director, Library of Medicine, NIH

Ruth L. Kirschstein, MD,
Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
1991 William F. Raub, PhD, former Deputy Director, NIH
1992 Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Director, Office of AIDS Research
1993 Samuel Broder, MD, Director, National Cancer Institute, NIH
1994 Donald L. Custis, MD, former Surgeon General of the Navy, former Chief Medical Director of Department of Veterans Affairs
1995 Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, Assistant Surgeon General and Medical Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons
1996 E. Ratcliffe Anderson, Jr., MD,
former Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force
1997 Kevin R. Kerrigan, MD,
Naval Hospital, North Charleston, South Carolina
1998 Claude J.M. Lenfant, MD,
Director, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute National Institutes of Health
1999 Rear Admiral Michael L. Cowan,
Deputy Director for Medical Readiness, The Joint Staff

Janet Woodcock, MD,
Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration
2000 Marilyn H. Gaston, MD,
Assistant Surgeon General, Associate Administrator Bureau of Primary Health, U.S. Public Health Service

Gerald David Fischbach, MD,
Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
2001 James P. Bagian, MD,
Director, VA National Center for Patient Safety Department of Veterans Affairs
2002 Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., MD,
Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics National Cancer Institute
2003 Judith Elaine Fradkin, MD,
Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
2004 Duane F. Alexander, MD,
Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institutes of Health
2005 Vice Admiral James A. Zimble, MD (USN Ret.),
President Emeritus, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
2006 Christopher Allan Percy, MD,
Medical Officer and Director of Community Health Services, Northern Navajo Medical Center
2007 Douglas R. Lowy, MD,
Chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

John T. Schiller, PhD,
Principal Investigator, Neoplastic Disease Section, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
2008 W. Marston Linehan, MD,
Chief, Urologic Oncology Branch Center for Cancer Research National Cancer Institute
2009 D. Joe Boone, PhD,
Associate Director for Science, Division of Laboratory Systems National Center for Preparedness, Detection and Control of Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2010 Ira Pastan, MD,
Chief of the Molecular Biology Laboratory, National Institute of Health’s Center for Cancer Research
2011 William A. Gahl, MD, PhD,
Clinical Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
Director, intramural program of the National Institutes of Health Office of Rare Diseases
Director, National Institutes of Health Undiagnosed Diseases Program
2012 Leon Esterowitz, PhD,
Program Director, Biophotonics
Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation
2013 Thomas R. Insel, MD,
National Institute of Mental Health
2014 Paul K. Carlton, Jr., MD,
Lt. Gen.,
United States Air Force (Ret.)
2015 Dale P. Sandler, PhD
Senior Investigator
Epidemiology Branch/Chronic Disease Epidemiology Group
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

Member of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government in Career Military Service

2000 Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, DO,
USA, Surgeon General of the Army
2001 Rear Admiral Joyce Johnson, DO, MA,
Director of Health and Safety, United States Coast Guard
2002 Lieutenant General Paul K. Carlton, Jr., MC, CFS,
Surgeon General, United States Air Force

Captain Daniel Carucci, MD,
Director, Malaria Program, Naval Medical Research Center, United States Navy

Captain Daniel Carucci, MD,
Director, Malaria Program, Naval Medical Research Center, United States Navy


Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD,
Surgeon General, United States Navy

2012 Lieutenant General Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD,
Surgeon General and Command General, USA MEDCOM, United States Army
2013 Major General Kimberly Siniscalchi,
Assistant Surgeon General, Air Force

Governor or Statewide Elected Official

1989 William Donald Schaefer,
Governor, Maryland
1993 Brereton C. Jones,
Governor, Kentucky
1994 Michael O. Leavitt,
Governor, Utah
1995 Parris N. Glendening,
Governor, Maryland
1996 Pierre Howard, Lieutenant
Governor, Georgia
1997 George E. Pataki,
Governor, New York

Mike Moore,
Attorney General, Mississippi
1998 Howard Dean, MD,
Governor, Vermont
1999 Christine Todd Whitman,
Governor, New Jersey
2000 Mel Carnahan,
Governor, Missouri
2001 Richard Blumenthal,
Attorney General, Connecticut
2002 John W. Oxendine,
Commissioner of Insurance and Fire Safety, Georgia
2004 Jeb Bush,
Governor, State of Florida
2005 Drew Edmondson, JD,
Attorney General, State of Oklahoma
2006 Susan Combs,
Commissioner, Texas Department of Agriculture

Joe Manchin, III,
Governor, State of West Virginia
2008 M. Jodi Rell,
Governor, State of Connecticut
2009 Rick Perry,
Governor, State of Texas
2010 John Baldacci,
Governor, State of Maine

Sandy Praeger
Commissioner, Kansas Insurance Department
2013 Anthony G. Brown,
Maryland Lieutenant Governor
2015 Mike Beebe,
Governor, State of Arkansas

Member of a State Legislature

1989 Ann Wynia,
State Representative, Minnesota
1990 David L. Hobson,
State Senator, Ohio
1991 James R. Tallon, Jr.,
Majority Leader, State Assembly, New York
1992 John A. Kitzhaber, MD,
President, Oregon State Senate

Tarky Lombardi, Jr.,
State Senator, New York
1993 Sheila Sorensen, BSN,
State Senator, Idaho
1994 Terry Friedman,
State Assemblyman, California
1995 J. Thomas Coleman, Jr.,
State Senator, Georgia

David Prosser,
Speaker of the State Assembly, Wisconsin
1996 Jane Perkins Maroney,
State Representative, Delaware

William “Doc” Myers, MD,
State Senator, Florida
1997 Mark C. Montigny,
Massachusetts State Senate

John E. McDonough,
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1998 Jack Sinagra,
New Jersey State Senate

David R. Leitch,
Illinois House of Representatives
1999 Sandy Praeger,
Kansas Senate

David McAdams Sibley,
Texas Senate

Harry Tipton, MD,
Wyoming State House of Representatives
2000 Jay Bradford,
Arkansas State Senate

Bob M. DeWeese, MD,
Kentucky House of Representatives
2001 Thomas Price, MD,
Georgia Senate

Marcy Morrison,
Colorado State Legislature
2002 Patricia Miller, RN,
Indiana Senate

Lenny Winkler,
Connecticut House of Representatives
2003 Judith Robson, RN, MSN,
Wisconsin State Senate

Patricia Gray, JD,
Texas House of Representatives
2004 Jane Nelson,
Texas Senate

Larry Meuli, MD, MPH, FAP,
Wyoming State Legislature
2005 Vi Simpson,
Indiana State Senate

Dianne White Delisi,
Texas House of Representatives
2006 Jackie Speier,
California State Senate
2007 Toni Harp,
Connecticut State Senate

William R. Purcell, MD,
North Carolina State Senate

Kathleen G. Sgambati,
New Hampshire State Senate

Peter T. Ginaitt, RN, EMT,
Rhode Island House of Representatives


Susan G. Paddack,
Oklahoma State Senate


Don Gaetz
Florida State Senate

Mark Smith
Iowa House of Representatives


Dan K. Morhaim, MD
Deputy Majority Leader
Maryland House of Delegates

2012 Kemp Hannon
New York State Senate
2013 Eileen Cody
Washington State Representative
2014 Richard Pan, MD, MPH
California State Representative
2015 Timothy N. Brown, MD
Indiana State Legislature

Mayor of a City or Chief Executive of a County

1989 Vincent C. Schoemehl,
Mayor, City of St. Louis, Missouri

Gene McNary,
Former County Executive, St. Louis County, Missouri
1991 Charles E. Box,
Mayor, Rockford, Illinois
1992 Haden E. McKay, MD,
Mayor, Humble, TX
1997 George Liles, MD,
Mayor, Concord, North Carolina
2000 Sandra C. Allen,
Council Member, District of Columbia

Career Public Servant at the State Level

1990 M. Joycelyn Elders, MD,
Director, Department of Health, Arkansas
1993 John C. Lewin, MD,
Director, Department of Health, Hawaii
1994 James D. Bernstein, MD,
Director, Office of Rural Health Resource Development, North Carolina
1995 Leah Z. Ziskin, MD, MS,
Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health, New Jersey
1996 David R. Smith, MD,
Commissioner, Department of Health, Texas

1997 Judith Paule, MD, MPH,
California Department of Health Services
1998 Barbara A. DeBuono, MD, MPH,
Commissioner of Health, State of New York Department of Health
1999 Martin P. Wasserman, MD, JD,
Secretary, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland
2002 Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH,
State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health
2003 Robert B. Stroube, MD, MPH,
State Health Commissioner, Commonwealth of Virginia
2004 David Hood,
Secretary, Department of Health and Hospitals, State of Louisiana
2007 Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH,
Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Department of Health and Human Services
2008 Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD, MPH,
Director, Center for Community Health and the AIDS Institute New York State Department of Health
2009 Pamela S. Hyde, JD,
Secretary, Human Services Department of New Mexico
2010 Mary C. Selecky,
Secretary, Washington State Department of Health
2011 Donald E. Williamson, MD,
State Health Officer
Alabama Department of Public Health
2012 Richard Powers, MD,
Associate Professor of Pathology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
2013 Charles M. Palmer,
Iowa Department of Human Services
2014 Susan E. Birch, MBA, BSN, RN,
Executive Director
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
2015 Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH
Director, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Professor, Colleges of Medicine and Public Health
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
General Pediatrician

Career Public Servant at the Local Level

1990 Mary Ann Arty, RN,
Chair, Delaware County Council, Pennsylvania

Sylvia Drew Ivie, RN,
Executive Director, T.H.E. Clinic for Women, Los Angeles, California

Clarence L. Brumback, MD,
Former Director, Palm Beach County Public Health Unit, Florida

Florence Reeves, BSN,
Executive Director, Community Health Care Delivery System, Tacoma, Washington

Ellen Leahy, MN,
Director, Missoula City/County Health Department, Montana

John Potterat,
STD/AIDS Control Program Manager, El Paso County, Colorado
1994 Laurance N. Nickey, MD, FAAP,
Director, El Paso City-County Health Department, Texas
1995 Ann L. Elderkin, PA,
Director, Somerville, Massachusetts Health Department
1996 F. Brobson Lutz, Jr., MD,
Director, New Orleans Department of Health
1997 Shirley L. Fannin, MD,
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
1998 Cynthia Taueg,
Director, Detroit, Michigan Department of Health
1999 Estelle Richman,
Commissioner of Health, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2000 Patricia A. Gabow, MD,
Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director, Denver Health Medical Center
2001 Taylor McKenzie, MD,
Vice President, Navajo Nation
2003 Thomas Patrick Luehring, LEHP, MPH,
Director of Health and Human Services, Village of Schaumburg, Illinois
2005 Stephanie B.C. Bailey, MD,
Director of Health, Metro Public Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County
2006 Edmund W. Gray, MD,
Health Officer, Northeast Tri-County Health District, Washington State Department of Health
2008 Ronald W. Chapman, MD, MPH,
Deputy Director Solano County Health & Social Services
2009 Melba R. Moore, MS, CPHA,
Health Commissioner, St. Louis City Department of Health
2010 Bob Buster
Supervisor, Board of Supervisors for Riverside County, California
2011 Donald F. Schwarz, MD, MPH, MBA
Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity
Commissioner for the Department of Public Health
City of Philadelphia
2013 Arthur Evans,
Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability
City of Philadelphia