Award Description

The Gustav O. Lienhard Award, established in 1986, is presented annually by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in honor of Gustav O. Lienhard, Chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1986. The award - a medal and $40,000 - recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States. Support for the award is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Each year, a selection committee appointed by the NAM reviews nominations based on selection criteria that reflect the ideals and work of Mr. Lienhard and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Past Recipients

Award Selection Criteria

Each year a selection committee appointed by the National Academy of Medicine considers the following criteria when determining the recipient of the Lienhard Award.

Principal selection criteria:

  • Achievement in the area of personal health services, whether through clinical and/or leadership activities;
  • Innovative, creative, and pioneering achievement; and
  • Achievement of national scope.

Additional selection criteria:

  • Unique contributions by the nominee to that achievement;
  • Positive change over a sustained period (not simply the potential for such change) through the nominee's achievement;
  • A qualitative and quantitative impact;
  • Success in overcoming barriers, based on resources available;
  • Self nominations will not be accepted.

Finally, the recipient must attend the ceremony to receive the award. The 2021 Lienhard Award will be presented during the NAM's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in October 2021.

Nomination Process

1. Register

To create a user account, click on the "Register" link and complete and submit the registration form.

2. Log in

Once you have created an account, log in with your email address and password.

3. Create

Create your online nomination. Self nominations will not be considered.

4. Save

During the call for nominations period, your nomination can be saved as DRAFT multiple times, until all the required information is completed. As you complete each section, you will see a Checkmark appear on the section tab when the nomination is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in PDF format. At any time, you can download and print your nomination by clicking on the PDF format icon in the Nomination Summary section.

5. Submit

Upon completion, submit your nomination as FINAL by the nomination deadline. You may wish to download and print a copy of your nomination for your records by clicking on the PDF format icon in the Nomination Summary section. Note: If changes are required before the nomination deadline, you can still make updates and resubmit the updated nomination as FINAL.

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Key Dates

Nomination Open:Jan 15, 2021
Nomination Close:May 14, 2021

Contact Us

Donna Duncan
Awards Administrator
Phone: (202) 334-2533
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