AMA Scientific Achievement Award

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The AMA Scientific Achievement Award is awarded by American Medical Association
American Medical Association
The American Medical Association , founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of medical doctors and medical students in the United States.-Scope and operations:...

. It may be given to either physicians or non-physician scientists who have contributed significantly to the field of medical science. The award itself consists of a gold medallion.

The recipients are chosen by the AMA's Board of Trustees, and Physician candidates must be AMA members.


  • 1962 – Donald D. Van Slyke
    Donald Van Slyke
    Donald Dexter Van Slyke was a renowned Dutch American biochemist. His achievements included the publication of 317 journal articles and 5 books, as well as numerous awards, among them the National Medal of Science and the first AMA Scientific Achievement Award.-Early days and education:Van Slyke...

    , PhD, Upton, New York
  • 1963 – John F. Enders, Phd, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1964 – René J. Dubos
    René Dubos
    René Jules Dubos was a French-born American microbiologist, experimental pathologist, environmentalist, humanist, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book So Human An Animal. He is credited as an author of a maxim "Think globally, act locally"...

    , PhD, New York, New York
  • 1965 – Edward C. Kendall, PhD, Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1966 – Wendell M. Stanley, PhD, Berkeley, California
  • 1967 – Gregory Pincus, ScD, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
  • 1968 – Arthur Kornberg
    Arthur Kornberg
    Arthur Kornberg was an American biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1959 for his discovery of "the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid " together with Dr. Severo Ochoa of New York University...

    , MD, Palo Alto, California
  • 1969 – Philip Handler
    Philip Handler
    Philip Handler was an American nutritionist, and biochemist. He was President of the United States National Academy of Sciences for two terms from 1969 to 1981. He was also a recipient of the National Medal of Science....

    , PhD, Durham, North Carolina
  • 1970 – Choh Hao Li
    Choh Hao Li
    Choh Hao Li was a Chinese-born U.S. biochemist who discovered, in 1966, that human pituitary growth hormone consists of a chain of 256 amino acids...

    , Phd, Berkley, California
  • 1971 – Robert B. Woodward, MD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1972 – William Bennett Kouwenhoven, MD, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1973 – Edith Hinkley Quimby, ScD, Palo Alto, California
  • 1974 – Philip Abelson
    Philip Abelson
    Philip Hauge Abelson was an American physicist, a scientific editor, and a science writer.-Life:Abelson was born in 1913 in Tacoma, Washington. He attended Washington State University where he received degrees in chemistry and physics, and the University of California, Berkeley , where he earned...

    , PhD, Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1975 – Rosalyn Yalow, PhD, Bronx, New York
              Solomon A. Berson
    Solomon Berson
    Solomon Aaron Berson was an American physician and scientist whose discoveries, mostly together with Rosalyn Yalow, caused major advances in clinical biochemistry....

    , MD (posthumously)
  • 1976 – Harry Goldblatt, MD, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1977 – Helen B. Taussig
    Helen B. Taussig
    Helen Brooke Taussig was an American cardiologist, working in Baltimore and Boston, who founded the field of pediatric cardiology. Notably, she is credited with developing the concept for a procedure that would extend the lives of children born with Tetrology of Fallot...

    , MD, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1978 – F. Mason Sones
    F. Mason Sones
    F. Mason Sones, Jr. was an American physician who's pioneering work in cardiac catheterization was instrumental in the development of both coronary artery bypass surgery and interventional cardiology.-Early life and career:...

    , MD, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 – Orvan W. Hess
    Orvan Hess
    Orvan Walter Hess was a physician noted for his early use of penicillin and the development of the fetal heart monitor....

    , MD, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1980 – Harold E. Kleinert
    Harold E. Kleinert
    Harold Kleinert is an American surgeon. As one of the hand surgeons at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, he and Dr. Mort Kasdan performed the first revascularization of a partial digital amputation in 1963....

    , MD, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1981 – Hans von Leden, MD, Los Angeles, California
  • 1982 – Willem J. Kolff, PhD, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1983 – Maurice R. Hillerman, PhD, West Point, Pennsylvania
  • 1984 – Maurice J. Jurkiewicz, MD, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1985 – Solomon H. Snyder
    Solomon H. Snyder
    Solomon H. Snyder is an American neuroscientist.Snyder attended Georgetown University 1955-1958 and received his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1962. After medical internship at the Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, he served as a research associate 1963-1965 at the NIH,...

    , MD, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1986 – George Edward Burch, MD, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1987 – Norman E. Shumway, MD, Stanford, California
  • 1988 – Harriet P. Dustan, MD, Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1989 – John G. Morrison, MD, Piedmont, California
  • 1990 – Arthur C. Guyton
    Arthur Guyton
    Arthur Clifton Guyton was an American physiologist. He was born in Oxford, Mississippi, to Dr. Billy S. Guyton, a highly respected eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist, who later became Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical School, and Kate Smallwood Guyton, a mathematics and physics...

    , MD, Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1991 – Henry Nicholas Wagner, Jr., MD, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1992 – Byrl J. "B.J." Kennedy
    B. J. Kennedy
    Byrl James "B.J." Kennedy was an American physician who is considered to be the "Father of Medical Oncology."Born in Plainview, Minnesota, in 1921, B.J. Kennedy received his MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School...

    , MD, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1993 – Juan A. del Regato
    Juan A. del Regato

    , MD, Tampa, Florida
  • 1994 – William H. Beierwaltes, MD, Grosse Point Park, Michigan
  • 1995 – Carl R. Hartrampf, Jr., MD, Atlanta, Georgia
              Frank G. Moody, MD, Houston, Texas
  • 1996 – Alfred B. Swanson, MD, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1997 – E. Harvey Estes, MD, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1998 – Charles S. Lieber
    Charles S. Lieber
    Charles Saul Lieber was a clinical nutritionist who established that excess alcohol consumption can cause cirrhosis of the liver even in subjects who have an adequate diet, contradicting then-current scientific opinion....

    , MD, Bronx, New York
  • 2000 – Tom Maniatis
    Tom Maniatis
    Tom Maniatis born 8 May 1943 in Denver, Colorado is an American professor of molecular and cellular biology.Maniatis is a graduate of the University of Colorado and one of the founders of modern molecular cloning...

    , MD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2001 – Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2002 – David Baltimore
    David Baltimore
    David Baltimore is an American biologist, university administrator, and Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine. He served as president of the California Institute of Technology from 1997 to 2006, and is currently the Robert A. Millikan Professor of Biology at Caltech...

    , PhD, Pasadena, California