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NYAM Announces its 2014 Awards Honoring Leaders in Health Policy, Public Health, Clinical Practice, and Research

NEW YORK, NY, September 4, 2014—The New York Academy of Medicine announces the recipients of its prestigious annual NYAM Awards for distinguished contributions by individuals in health policy, public health, clinical practice, biomedical research and an individual who has made significant contributions to NYAM. The awards will be presented at NYAM’s 167th Anniversary Discourse & Awards on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Academy (1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street). The event is free and open to the public with registration.

“This year’s awardees are national and global leaders in their fields, and each has made critical contributions to the health of the public,” said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, NYAM President. “The New York Academy of Medicine is honored to recognize each of them for their outstanding accomplishments.”

Stuart L. Schreiber, PhD, Director of the Center for the Science of Therapeutics at and a Founding Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, will receive the Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science for his seminal contributions to the understanding of drug signal transduction pathways, which have had a major impact on pharmaceutical development.

Sir Michael Marmot, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, FBA, Director of the Institute of Health Equity (Marmot Institute) at University College London, will receive the Stephen Smith Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health for his global leadership in promoting action on the broader determinants of health and health equity.

Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD, James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will receive the Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy for his important contributions to the public’s understanding of health care financing and the implications of policy decisions about health care reform, which have both shaped these reforms and contributed to the health of the public.

Elaine L. Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC, Associate Dean for Research at Columbia University School of Nursing, will receive the John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Practice for her globally recognized work to reduce infections within health care environments.

Leslie Goldman, MA, former Director of the NYAM Office of School Health Programs, will receive the Academy Medal for Exceptional Service to the Academy. During Ms. Goldman’s 30 years of dedicated leadership, NYAM’s school health program shaped comprehensive school based health education in New York City and helped millions of students across the country develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to lead and maintain healthy lives.

Preceding the awards ceremony on November 6, Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, will deliver the 167th Anniversary Discourse on the topic of “How Research Does and Should Inform Clinical Practice.”

NYAM’s tradition of hosting an annual discourse on an important issue of the day began in 1847 with an oration delivered to an audience of 2,500 people at the Broadway Tabernacle by Dr. John W. Francis. The Anniversary Discourse and Awards event has continued for 167 years and become NYAM’s hallmark event each fall. Recent speakers have included Dr. Thomas Farley, Susan Denzter, Hon. Mark Morial, and Dr. David Blumenthal.

About NYAM
The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities.
An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.

Posted on September 4, 2014

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