Awards

Dr. Nathan Davis awards for outstanding government service

The American Medical Association solicits annual nominations for the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for outstanding government service—considered one of the most prestigious awards honoring elected officials and career government employees.

These awards, named for the founder of the AMA, Dr. Nathan Davis, aim to recognize significant accomplishments to advance public health.

2020 Dr. Nathan Davis Awards winners

Award category: Governor or elected statewide official

Larry Hogan
Governor, Maryland

Award category: Career public servant at the state or local level

Tim Jones, MD
Assistant commissioner and state epidemiologist, Tennessee Department of Health

Award category: U.S. representative

Raul Ruiz, MD
Representative (D-Calif. 36th District)

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

Martha Sedegah, PhD
Director of clinical immunology and parasitology in the Malaria department of the Naval Medical Research Center

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

Nora D. Volkow, MD
Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health

Award category: Member of a state legislature

John McCall Zerwas, MD
Representative (R-Tenn. 28th District)

Awards categories

The Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for outstanding government service awards the following categories of elected and career public servants in national, state and local government who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to improving public health:

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

Award criteria

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

  • Contributed significantly to the public health through elected and career government service
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership in his/her field
  • Possesses high personal integrity
  • Promoted the art and science of medicine via government service
  • Developed a special project that contributed to the public health of a given community or special population

Past recipients

View a list of past winners (PDF) of the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service.

Contact Terri Marchiori at [email protected] with questions.