Past Recipients


2016: Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH

  • Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Public Health Meets the Problem of the Color Line (PDF) 

2014: The late Jack Geiger, MD, M.Sci. Hyg.

  • Arthur C. Logan Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine, City University of New York Medical School/Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

The Political Future of Public Health in a Time of Demographic Change (PDF)

2011: Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD

  • President, Institute of Medicine

Public Health in a Time of Government Austerity (PDF)

2010: Susan P. Baker, MPH

  • Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Founding Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy

Injury Statistics, High Risk Groups, and Individuals: Falling through the Cracks (PDF)

Opening remarks by Francesca Calderone-Steichen, MPH (PDF)

2007: The late Allan Rosenfield, MD

  • Dean Emeritus, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

“A Vision for Change: Taking a Stand for Women’s Health and Rights” (PDF)

Opening remarks by Francesca Calderone-Steichen, MPH (PDF)

2005: Mary Robinson, MA, LLB

  • Executive Director, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
  • Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Former President of Ireland

“Making the Right to Health Matter: A Challenge for Schools of Public Health” (PDF)

2003: Peter Piot, MD, PhD

  • Director, Institute of Global Health at Imperial College London
  • Former Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Former Under Secretary-General, United Nations

“Public Health Plus: Social Mobilization in the Response to AIDS” (PDF)

2001: Nafis Sadik, MD

  • Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia
  • Former Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

“Saving Women’s Lives: A Public Health Approach” (PDF)

1999: D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH

  • Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Public Health and Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dean Emeritus and Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University
  • Founding Director, Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies at Johns Hopkins University

“Bioterrorism: Myths and Realities” (PDF)

1996: William Foege, MD, MPH

  • Senior Fellow, Health Policy at the Carter Center
  • Former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Former Senior Medical Advisor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

“Public Health: The Rest of the Story” (PDF)

1994: The late Jonathan Mann, MD, MPH

  • Founding Director, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University

“The World Health Organization and Global Health: Toward a New World Order?” (PDF)

1992 – The late C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD

  • Senior Scholar, the C. Everett Koop Institute, Dartmouth College
  • Former Surgeon General of the United States