David E. Rogers Award Honors Contributions of Medical School Faculty

The David E. Rogers Award honoring medical school faculty who made major contributions to improving the health and health care of Americans

Since 1995, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has funded the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to create and administer the David E. Rogers Award, which recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people.

Key Results

  • From 1995 to 2005, the following individuals received the David E. Rogers Award:

    • 1995–Diane Becker, ScD, MPH, Director, Center for Health Promotion, Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
    • 1996–Robert G. Newman, MD, President and CEO, Beth Israel Health Care System.
    • 1997–Julius B. Richmond, MD, John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy (Emeritus), Harvard University.
    • 1998–Philip R. Lee, MD, Senior Advisor and Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
    • 1999–William N. Kelley, MD, CEO, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Dean, School of Medicine.
    • 2000–Jeremiah Stamler, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School.
    • 2001–Barbara Barlow, MD, Director of Surgery, Harlem Hospital Center; Professor of Clinical Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
    • 2002–David A. Kessler, MD, Former Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Dean, Yale University School of Medicine.
    • 2003–Frank E. Speizer, MD, Edward H. Kass Professor of Medicine, Co-Director, Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Environmental Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, and Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health.
    • 2004–Michael E. DeBakey, MD, Chancellor Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine.
    • 2005–C. Everett Koop, M.D., ScD, Former Surgeon General of the United States; Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professor of Surgery, Dartmouth Medical School; Senior Scholar, C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth Medical School.

The award honors former RWJF president, David E. Rogers, MD, who advocated an increased emphasis on primary care, services for the poor and the elderly, the participation of minorities in medicine and other innovations in health care. The award includes a $10,000 stipend and is made each year during the AAMC's annual meeting.

The AAMC calls for nominations every year in a mailing to all 125 U.S. medical schools, 400 member teaching hospitals and more than 90 affiliated professional organizations. A selection committee of six individuals, three appointed by the AAMC and three by RWJF, are named each year to review the nominations. The AAMC's executive committee makes the final decision.