Abortion Provider Awards

For the past decade, Physicians for Reproductive Health has honored the compassionate, bold, and brave abortion providers who live among us and help their patients access compassionate care. We have bestowed these honors in memory of two of our late Board Members and extraordinary abortion providers, Dr. William K. Rashbaum and Dr. George Tiller.

Help us find our 2020 award winners.
All nomination materials are due Monday, November 25, 2019. 

WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, MD, AWARD

About

The William K. Rashbaum, MD, Abortion Provider Award is a lifetime achievement award that honors the distinguished career of a physician who has provided abortions and served as a mentor for colleagues, residents, and medical students. Awardees are respected as leaders in the reproductive health care community.

Dr. Rashbaum began his medical career before abortion was legal. Once abortion was legalized in New York State in 1970, he began what would become the hallmark of his long career: training hundreds of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians around the country—likely more than any other physician.

As a cofounder of Physicians for Reproductive Health, Dr. Rashbaum personified the compassionate provider by understanding and respecting patient dignity, and became an advocate so he could better care for his patients.

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Nomination Qualifications and Instructions

Nominee Qualifications:

As an organization dedicated to equity and justice, we aim to recognize physicians of color for their vital contributions to this field. We also value nominees who practice in areas most affected by anti-abortion policies and who represent diversity in experience.

The nominee should also be a physician who:

  • Has dedicated a significant portion of their medical career to providing abortion care
  • Has served as a mentor/teacher for other reproductive health care professionals
  • Is an outspoken and demonstrated advocate for reproductive health care and rights
  • Has practiced in the United States


Nomination Instructions:

The deadline for all nomination submissions is Monday, November 25, 2019.

  1. Complete the Nomination Form:
    • Provide contact information for the nominator and the nominee.
    • Provide a detailed narrative description of the nominee (750 words max) in response to the question prompts. The narrative is essential in helping the Awards Nominations Committee familiarize themselves with the nominee.
  2. Send the nominee’s CV to dkapsalakis@prh.org.


Next Steps: 

After the nomination form and CV are submitted, Physicians staff will contact the nominee to confirm their acceptance of the nomination. The Awards Nominations Committee will then vote on all nominees (early-December).

All nominators and nominees will be notified via email once the award winners are selected (mid-December).

Previous Honorees

2019: Rachel Masch, MD, MPH

2018: Roslyn Kade, MD

2017: Philip D. Darney, MD

2016: David Grimes, MD

2015: Phillip Stubblefield, MD

2014: Carol Ball, MD

2013: Eve Espey, MD

2012: Linda Prine, MD

2011: Curtis Boyd, MD

2010: Carolyn Westhoff, MD

2009: LeRoy Carhart, MD

2008: Mildred Hanson, MD

2007: George Tiller, MD

2006: Shalom Press, MD

GEORGE TILLER, MD, AWARD

About

The George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Award honors a physician who, although in the early stages of their career as a provider, has taken significant and courageous action to protect and expand access to abortion. Awardees are currently providing abortions, and have overcome opposition to remain public advocates for reproductive health care.

Dr. Tiller was — and still is — an inspiration to the reproductive health community. He was not only a provider whose priority was those who could not get care elsewhere; he was also a tireless advocate. He worked indefatigably to defend abortion access through public policy engagement and reform in his home state of Kansas. He founded Pro-Kan‐Do, a political action committee, to ensure that elected officials protected access to quality reproductive health care. For years, he hired policy staff in the state capital to defend and advance strong reproductive health policies.

His clinic was a constant focus of harassment and violence. And yet, he remained steadfast. With the Tiller Award, we seek to honor a doctor early in their career who mirrors these extraordinary qualities in their practice.

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Nomination Qualifications and Instructions

Nominee Qualifications:

As an organization dedicated to equity and justice, we aim to recognize physicians of color for their vital contributions to this field. We also value nominees who practice in areas most affected by anti-abortion policies and who represent diversity in experience.

The nominee should also be a physician who:

  • Currently provides abortion care and is no more than 10 years past completing medical education or abortion care training
  • Advocates, educates, and inspires others in abortion care by exhibiting a willingness to speak out
  • Demonstrates courage in the face of adversity (i.e. providing abortion care in an underserved or rural area)
  • Is currently practicing in the United States


Nomination Instructions:

The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, November 25, 2019.

  1. Complete the Nomination Form:
    • Provide contact information for the nominator and the nominee.
    • Provide a detailed narrative description of the nominee (750 words max) in response to the question prompts. The narrative is essential in helping the Nominations Committee familiarize themselves with the nominee and their work.
  2. Send the nominee’s CV to dkapsalakis@prh.org.


Next Steps:

After the nomination form and CV are submitted, Physicians staff will contact the nominee to confirm their acceptance of the nomination. The Awards Nominations Committee will then vote on all nominees (early-December).

All nominators and nominees will be notified via email once the award winners are selected (mid-December).

Previous Honorees

2019: Stephanie Ho, MD

2018: Sacheen Nathan, MD, MPH

2017: Yashica Robinson, MD

2016: Colleen McNicholas, DO

2015: Lisa Perriera, MD, MPH

2014: Cheryl Chastine, MD

2013: Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc

2012: Margaret Kini, MD

2011: Eleanor Drey, MD

2010: Adam Jacobs, MD

Awards Nominations Committee

Sarp Aksel, MD
Anitra Beasley, MD
Stephen Chasen, MD
Chris Creatura, MD
Anne Davis, MD, MPH
Gillian Dean, MD
Jodi Magee
Rachel Masch, MD, MPH
Lisa Perriera, MD, MPH, Chair
Suzanne Poppema, MD
Ann Schutt-Aine, MD
Suji Uhm, MD, MPH
Sanithia Williams, MD