2017 – Lex Frieden, MA, LLD – For being an architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and a catalyst in the worldwide disability rights and independent living movements.
2016 – Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS – For his pioneering research and decades of advocacy on the negative impacts of air pollution on health.
2015 – Harvey Alter, MD, MACP – For his life-saving research and leadership in translating science into practice, which has prevented millions of new infections and cases of disease and death from Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV infections.
2014 – Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH – For his research and contribution in fighting the deadly Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease. View Announcement
2013 – Charles H., Hennekens, MD, DrPH – For seminal research discoveries on aspirin, which have avoided millions of first myocardial infarctions and more than one million premature deaths worldwide. View Announcement
2012 – Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA – For pioneering work in identifying and applying effective worksite and public prevention programs and policies that have improved health for millions of Americans.
2011 – Richard Alan Cash, MD, MPH – For leadership in the development and dissemination of Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT), a practical treatment for cholera and other diarrheal disease that has saved the lives of at least 60 million children worldwide.
2010 – Walter R. Dowdle, PhD – For extraordinary and continuing leadership and scientific achievement to help prevent millions of cases of disease and death from HIV/AIDS, influenza, and polio.
2009 – Donald M. Berwick, MD, KBE – For his creative, focused, tireless and successful efforts to systematically reduce medical errors and to improve the quality of medical care.
2008 – Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS – For his landmark research on mortality effects in children from Vitamin A deficiency and the extremely cost-effective use of Vitamin A in saving the lives of more than 300,000 children each year.
2007 – Donald R. Hopkins, MD, MPH – For his initiation of and sustained leadership in the global campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, "a forgotten disease of forgotten people."
2006 – William T. Sergeant – For his inspirational and extraordinary contributions to a healthy world by leading Rotary International global efforts to eradicate polio.
2005 – John W. Farquhar, MD – For pioneering ideas, research, and advocacy, which led to the recognition of community-wide interventions to improve health.
2004 – Faye Wattleton, RN – For courageous and effective leadership in the campaign to maintain reproductive rights and improve women's health in the United States and abroad.
2003 – P. Roy Vagelos, MD – For his visionary leadership while CEO of Merck and Co., and for his role in the prevention of river blindness with the donation of Mectizan to high prevalence countries in Africa and South America.
2002 – Millie I. Webb – For leading the grass roots campaign while President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which resulted in setting the national standard for impaired driving at .08 blood alcohol content.
2001 – Baruch S. Blumberg, MD, PhD – For developing the hepatitis B vaccine and for his exemplary efforts throughout the world to greatly reduce liver disease and the resulting liver cancer.
2000 – Judith Mackay, MD, FRCP – For her innovative, persistent and strikingly successful tobacco control initiatives in Asia.
1999 – George D. Lundberg, MD – For his outstanding editorial championship of public health.
1998 – William B. Kannel, MD, MPH – For establishing the concept that clinically definable "risk factors" promote cardiovascular disease, and for his leadership of the Framingham Heart Study.
1997 – Michael Pertschuk, JD – For using public office to advance the public health, for setting the gold standard for health advocacy from the private sector, and for developing persistent and powerful strategies toward tobacco control.
1996 – James P. Comer, MD, MPH – For developing, disseminating and evaluating the School Development Program, which has improved the mental and physical health of thousands of school children.
1995 – Lester Breslow, MD, MPH – For recognizing the dominant effects of chronic illnesses upon the national morbidity, for identification of lifestyle risk factors, and for promotion of social and personal actions to reduce the morbid effects of illness.
1994 – C. Everett Koop, MD – For courageous, imaginative, sustained, and uniquely effective advocacy toward the reduction of cigarette smoking, the reduction of domestic violence, prevention of AIDS, and the improved health of our children.
1993 – Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH – For fathering the concept of aerobic exercise, and for his leadership in promoting exercise as a lifelong habit for millions of Americans.
1992 – William H. Foege, MD, MPH – For his visionary leadership in the world-wide eradication of smallpox, vaccination of America's children, and the crusades against tobacco use and unnecessary injuries.