The Elizabeth Blackwell Medal, created as a lasting tribute to the first woman awarded an M.D. degree from an American medical school, is granted to a woman physician who has made the most outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine.
This award, initiated in 1949 by Elise S. L'Esperance, M.D., is granted annually to a woman physician (member or non-member) who has made the most outstanding contribution (Prior to 1993, the award was a member award.) to the cause of women in the field of medicine.
- Woman physician either working or having worked in the U.S.
- Influenced the ever-expanding role of women in medicine
- Demonstrated commitment, originality, innovation, or creativity in her field of medicine
- Made pathways for other women in medicine
- Made exceptional contribution to the image of women in medicine
- Overcame adversity in medicine
- Achieved recognition as a leader in women's health in the area of public policy, health care delivery, research, medical education, patient care, application of basic sciences to health care.
Kimberly Templeton, MD
View the full list of previous recipients of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award here.
1949 Mary Riggs Noble, M.D.
1950 Bertha Van Hoosen, M.D.
1951 Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D.
1952 Catharine Macfarlane, M.D.
1953 Elizabeth Bass, M.D.
1954 Mabel E. Gardner, M.D.
1955 Elise S. L'Esperance, M.D.
1956 Evangeline S. Stenhouse, M.D.
1957 Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D.
1958 Ada Chree Reid, M.D.
1959 Helen F. Schrack, M.D.
1960 Nelle Sparks Noble, M.D.
1961 Elizabeth Kittredge, M.D.
1962 Judith Emmelia Ahlem, M.D.
1963 Elizabeth S. Waugh, M.D.
1964 Helena T. Ratterman, M.D.
1965 Camille Mermod, M.D.
1966 Esther C. Marting, M.D.
1967 Amey Chappell, M.D.
1968 Margaret J. Schneider, M.D.
1969 Katharine W. Wright, M.D.
1970 Rosa Lee Nemir, M.D.
1971 Frieda Bauman, M.D.
1972 Alma Dea Morani, M.D.
1973 Alice Drew Chenoweth, M.D.
1974 Laura E. Morrow, M.D.
1975 Ruth Hartgraves, M.D.
1976 Claire F. Ryder, M.D.
1977 Eva P. Dodge, M.D., and Edith P. Brown, M.D.
1978 Minerva S. Buerk, M.D.
1979 Bernice C. Sachs, M.D.
1980 Ann P.D. Manton, M.D.
1981 Mathilda R. Vaschak, M.D.
1982 Helen B. Taussig, M.D.
1983 Clara Raven, M.D.
1984 Charlotte H. Kerr, M.D., and Helen M. Caldicott, M.D.
1985 Carol C. Nadelson, M.D.
1986 Luella Klein, M.D.
1987 A. Lois Scully, M.D.
1988 Claudine M. Gay, M.D.
1989 Helen O. Dickens, M.D.
1990 Lila A. Wallis, M.D.
1991 Anne L. Barlow, M.D.
1992 Roselyn Payne Epps, M.D., and Jane E. Hodgson, M.D.
1993 Yoshiye Togasaki, M.D.
1994 Anne H. Flitcraft, M.D.
1995 Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.
1996 Elizabeth W. Karlin, M.D.
1997 LeClair Bissell, M.D.
1998 Leah J. Dickstein, M.D., and Tina Strobos, M.D.
1999 Lila Stein Kroser, M.D.
2000 Nanette Kass Wenger, M.D., and Jeanne Spurlock, M.D., posthumously
2001 No Annual Meeting, no selection
2002 Olga Jonasson, M.D.
2003 Joanne Lynn, M.D.
2004 Mary Jane England, M.D.
2005 Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., FACR
2006 Patricia Joy Numann, MD
2007 Debra R. Judelson, MD
2008 Elinor Christiansen, MD
2009 Nancy Nielson, MD
2010 Linda Clever,MD, MACP
2011 Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD
2012 Luanne Thorndyke, MD
To Submit a Nominee
See the Awards page to submit your nominee. A statement of interest along with the candidates CV and the Awards Application are and required to complete your nomination.
Awardees must be present at the Awards Presentation Ceremony at AMWA's Annual Meeting in order to be eligible to receive an award.