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March 6, 2014

AMA Honors Government Service, Dedication to Health Care

For immediate release:
March 6, 2014

25th Anniversary of the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service

WASHINGTON – The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced the four recipients of the 2014 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service – the highest award for elected officials and government employees from the nation’s largest physician organization.

The award, named for the founding father of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

United States Representative

Member of a State Legislature

Member of Executive Branch in Career Public Service

Career Public Servant at the State and Local Level

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards. Since 1989, the AMA has honored 216 men and women with the Nathan Davis Award. Past award recipients have included:

  • Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who raised awareness of HIV/AIDS and the dangers of smoking.
  • Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, who sought better health care for our nation’s veterans.
  • Sen. Mark Hatfield, who championed research into rare diseases.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Ricardo Martinez, who worked with the auto industry and consumer groups to maximize automobile safety.

"During the last quarter century of the Nathan Davis Awards, the AMA has sought to recognize government officials who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve public health,” said AMA Chair David O. Barbe, M.D., MHA. “Award winners have come from every branch of government service and are a testament to the important role public officials play in creating and implementing health policy that benefits Americans.”

The awards were presented last night in conjunction with the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

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