Award Recipients

Nominations  Now Open

Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Cornerstone Award are now open. Send your nominations via this form to the ASBH Awards Nominating Committee c/o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Nominations are due by 11:59 PM CT on Monday, June 15, 2020. The awards will be presented at ASBH's 22nd Annual Conference in October.

Nominations for the Student Paper Award are now open. Please review the submission criteria and submit your anonymized paper (no identifying information please!) as a PDF to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11:59 PM CT on Monday, June 15, 2020. 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASBH Lifetime Achievement Award is the Society's highest honor. It recognizes a distinguished individual for excellence in bioethics and/or the medical humanities. It is given in recognition of longstanding achievement in bioethics and/or the medical humanities.

Criteria for selection include but are not limited to influential scholarship; research, artistic or literary works; significant scholarly, institutional, or organizational efforts that have enhanced the ethics of clinical practice; and/or meaningful contributions to undergraduate, graduate, professional, or public education in bioethics and/or the medical humanities. The awardee is expected to make a 10-15 minute presentation at the ASBH Annual Meeting. Nominees need not be a member of the Society.  


2019 - Christine Grady, PhD RN
2018 - Jonathan Moreno, PhD
2017 - Myra Christopher and Steven Miles, MD
2016 - Arthur Caplan, PhD
2015 - Baruch Brody, PhD
2014 - Nancy Dubler, LLB
2013 - H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., MD PhD
2012 - Kathryn Montgomery, PhD
2011 - Ruth Faden, PhD MPH
2010 - Mark Siegler, MD
2009 - Howard Brody, MD PhD
2008 - Robert M. Veatch, PhD
2007 - Renée C. Fox, PhD
2006 - Ronald E. Cranford, MD and Bernard Gert, PhD
2005 - Eric Cassell, MD MACP
2004 - Tom L. Beauchamp, PhD, James F. Childress, PhD, and Joanne Trautmann Banks, PhD
2003 - Jay Katz, MD
2002 - Ruth Macklin, PhD
2001 - Daniel Callahan, PhD
2000 - John C. Fletcher, PhD
1999 - Albert R. Jonsen, PhD
1998 - Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD


Distinguished Service Award

The ASBH Distinguished Service Award may be given to a current and longstanding member of ASBH who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in advancing the goals of the Society.

In making this award, the committee will consider such contributions to ASBH as consistent volunteer activity; extraordinary service on the board of directors, committee, or task force; advancement of a significant publication or program or other creative work; mentorship of other leaders; or other service that had a lasting impact.


2019 - None
2018 - None
2017 - None
2016 - Joseph Fins, MD MACP, Eric Kodish, MD, and Robert Pearlman, MD MPH
2015 - None
2014 - Alexander Kon, MD
2013 - Therese Jones, PhD
2012 - Doris Goldstein, MLS MA
2011 - Anita J. Tarzian, PhD RN
2010 - Stephen Latham, JD PhD
2009 - Mark Aulisio, PhD, Bob Pearlman, MD MH, and Sue Rubin, PhD
2008 - Arthur R. Derse, MD JD
2007 - Alex John London, PhD and Laurie S. Zoloth, PhD
2006 - Mark H. Waymack, PhD
2005 - Chester R. Burns, MD PhD
2004 - Thomas H. Murray, PhD
2003 - Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD and Hilde lindemann Nelson, PhD
2002 - Betty Wolder Levin, PhD and Leslie S. Rothenberg
2001 - David Barnard, PhD, Marian Gray Secundy, PhD, and Tom Tomlinson, PhD
2000 - Robert M. Arnold, MD, Steven H. Miles, MD, and Stuart J. Youngner, MD
1999 - Loretta M. Kopelman, PhD


Cornerstone Award

The ASBH Cornerstone Award is the Society's highest honor given to an institution. The Cornerstone Award recognizes outstanding, enduring contribution(s) by an institution that has deeply enriched and/or helped shape the direction of the fields of bioethics and/or the medical humanities.

"Institution" is defined broadly and may include entities such as program, center, journal, or other publication, task force, blog, listserv, forum, long-running conference or course, or a single event or meeting that have made significant, wide-reaching contributions with lasting impact on the fields of bioethics and/or the medical humanities.

Criteria for selection include but are not limited to: (1) influential and significant contributions to scholarship; (2) efforts or work that have greatly enhanced or furthered the fields of bioethics and/or the medical humanities; (3) significant service to the public; and/or (4) national or international appreciation and recognition.

Nominations may be submitted by an individual or institution. Self-nominations will be considered and should include supporting documentation such as letters of support, awards, or other recognition of the institution's contributions from external sources. The Cornerstone Award is awarded at the discretion of the ASBH Board of Directors and may not be awarded annually. In addition, a presentation will be made to a representation of the Cornerstone Award winner at the discretion of the Awards Committee and the Board. 


2019 - Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Center for Ethics in Health Care
2018 - None
2017 - The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights, The Center for Literature and Medicine
2016 - None
2015 - None
2014 - None
2013 - The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics 
2012 - Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
2011 - None
2010 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics
2009 - The Hastings Center

Student Paper Award

The ASBH Student Paper Award recognizes up to three papers for writing clarity and quality, development of the argument, integration of the literature, and novelty/insight of the contribution.

To be considered for the award, students must submit by the published deadline a complete paper of no more than 3,500 words in length authored by a single undergraduate or graduate student. The paper should not include any information that might identify the author. Previous winners and co-authored papers are not eligible. 


2019 - Debra Gorman-Badar
2018 - Hailey Cleek, Michael DiStefano
2017 - Jessica Benham
2016 - Joel Michael Reynolds
2015 - Michelle Nguyen
2014 - Laura Guidry-Grimes
2013 - David Klein
2012 - Alyssa Henning
2011 - Laura Bothwell
2010 - Bryan Kibbe
2009 - Kelly Heuer
2008 - Anne Lincoln
2007 - Mike Collins
2006 - Michelle D. Roth-Cline
2003 - Winston Chiong
2002 - Beth Linker
2001 - Ryan B. Spellacy
2000 - Andrea Scarantino