The American Medical Association solicits annual nominations for the American Medical Association Awards for Outstanding Government Service—considered one of the most prestigious awards honoring elected officials and career government employees.

These awards aim to recognize significant accomplishments to advance public health.

The AMA is accepting nominations for the 2023 awards. Read this resource (PDF) for more details on submission information or fill out the nomination form (PDF) to submit a nomination.

View a video honoring the 2022 award recipients, and learn more about each recipient.

 

 


Award category: Member of the U.S. Senate

Roy Blunt

The state of Missouri


 

Award category: Member of the executive branch in career public service

Peter Marks, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


 

Award category: Member of a state legislature

Cindy F. Friedman

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 


 

Award category: Career public servant at the state level

Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH

Secretary (2017–2021)

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


 

Award category: Career public servant at the state level

Nirav Shah, MD, JD

Director

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention


 

Award category: Career public servant at the local level

Travis A. Gayles, MD, PhD

Chief health officer (2017–2021)

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services


 

Award category: Career public servant at the local level

Sam L. Page, MD

County executive

St. Louis County, Missouri


View a list of past winners (PDF).

Nominees who meet the following criteria are considered for the award:

  • Contributed greatly to the public health through elected and career government service
  • Is an outstanding leader in his/her field
  • Has high personal integrity
  • Promoted the art and science of medicine in or through government service
  • Developed a special project that contributed to the public health of a given community or special population

The AMA presents these awards in seven categories of public service, including local, state and federal government. Each year, the caliber of nominees is a testament to the incredible health care initiatives being advanced throughout our nation.

  • U.S. senator
  • U.S. representative
  • Member of the executive branch serving by presidential/political appointment (federal)
  • Member of the executive branch in career public service (federal)
  • Governor or elected statewide official
  • Member of the state legislature
  • Career public servant at the state or local level

If you have any questions regarding the awards or the nomination process, contact the Awards Secretariat at (314) 698-9051. 

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