Rashbaum and Tiller Awards

The Awards Award & Nomination Details

Nominate an Abortion Provider Who Inspires You

 

For the past decade, Physicians for Reproductive Health has honored the compassionate, bold, and brave abortion providers who live and work among us. 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 next year’s award winners.

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2018 award season. Please submit your nominations by Monday, November 6, 2017.

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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 attending to women who had been grievously injured by illegal abortions in the mid-1950s. Once abortion was legalized in New York State in 1970, he began what would become the hallmark of his long career: training every doctor he could in the procedure, eventually 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: understanding of his patients’ needs, sensitive to their circumstances, professional in his judgments, and engaged in the political process that enabled him to care for patients. He summed up his perspective best when he said: “We live with the hope that common sense and compassion will triumph in the abortion issue. Our goal is to provide the best medical care, respect individual freedom, and protect physical and emotional health. That has always been our goal.”

Nomination Qualifications and Instructions

Nominee Characteristics and Qualifications:

The nominee should be a physician who:

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

Nomination Instructions:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form:
    1. Provide contact information for the nominator and the nominee.
    2. Provide a narrative description of the nominee (750 words or less) in response to the question prompts listed at the end of the form. This information will help the committee get to know the nominee better.
  2. Send the nominee’s CV as an attachment to daniellek@prh.org.

After the nomination form and CV are submitted, we will contact the nominee to confirm their acceptance of the nomination. The Rashbaum-Tiller Awards Nominating Committee will then vote on all nominees (mid-November). All nominators will be notified via email once the award winners are selected (late-November).

All nomination materials are due on Monday, November 6, 2017.

Previous Honorees

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 in her or his state, or nationally. Awardees are currently providing abortions, and have overcome opposition to remain public advocates for women’s health.

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 for women, their health, and their families. He worked indefatigably to defend a woman’s right to abortion 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 women’s access to quality reproductive health care. For years, he hired policy staff in the state capital to defend against infringement on women’s rights and to 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 young doctor who mirrors these extraordinary qualities in their practice.

Nomination Qualifications and Instructions

Nominee Characteristics and Qualifications:

The nominee should be a physician who:

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

Nomination Instructions:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form:
    1. Provide contact information for the nominator and the nominee.
    2. Provide a narrative description of the nominee (750 words or less) in response to the question prompts listed at the end of the form. This information will help the committee get to know the nominee better.
  2. Send the nominee’s CV as an attachment to daniellek@prh.org.

After the nomination form and CV are submitted, we will contact the nominee to confirm their acceptance of the nomination. The Rashbaum-Tiller Awards Nominating Committee will then vote on all nominees (mid-November). All nominators will be notified via email once the award winners are selected (late-November).

All nomination materials are due on Monday, November 6, 2017.

Previous Honorees

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