AMA announces Nathan Davis award winners at advocacy conference

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 21, 2011

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The American Medical Association has given Nathan Davis awards for government service to seven elected officials and government employees.

The awards recognize people who went above and beyond the call of duty to improve public health, said AMA Board of Trustees Chair Ardis Dee Hoven, MD. "Award winners come from every branch of government service and are a testament to the important role public officials play in creating and implementing health policy that benefits Americans."

The awards, named after AMA founder Nathan Smith Davis, MD, recognize elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose contributions promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. This was the 22nd year the Association has given the awards, which were presented Feb. 9 at the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

The 2011 winners are: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D, Conn.); Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson Jr., MD, surgeon general of the U.S. Navy and chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; Maryland state Rep. Dan K. Morhaim, MD; R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; William Gahl, MD, PhD, director of the National Institute of Health's Undiagnosed Diseases Program and clinical director of the National Human Genome Research Center; Donald E. Williamson, MD, state health officer for the Alabama Dept. of Public Health; and Donald F. Schwarz, MD, MPH, Philadelphia's health commissioner and the deputy mayor for health and opportunity.

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