Rashbaum and Tiller Awards

The Awards Award & Nomination Details

Nominate an Abortion Provider Who Inspires You

We are currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

THE WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, MD, ABORTION PROVIDER AWARD is a lifetime achievement award honoring a physician who has provided abortions and served as a mentor for colleagues, residents, and medical students. Awardees are recognized as eminent leaders in the reproductive health care community. Award qualifications are detailed below.

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 their state, or nationally. Awardees are currently providing abortions, and have overcome opposition to remain public advocates for reproductive health. Award qualifications are detailed below.

 


 

The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, November 5, 2018. Please see instructions for submission below.

Questions? Contact Danielle Kapsalakis at dkapsalakis@prh.org or 646-649-9940.

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

Also, we highly value nominees who practice in places most affected by anti-abortion policies, and aim to increase the diversity of our nominees in terms of geography, demographics, and experience.

Nomination Instructions:

  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 absolutely essential in helping the Nominations Committee familiarize themselves with the nominee and their work.
  2. Send the nominee’s CV to dkapsalakis@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 Nominations Committee will then vote on all nominees (mid-November). All nominators will be notified via email once the award winners are selected (late-November).

The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, November 5, 2018.

Previous Honorees

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 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

Also, we highly value nominees who practice in places most affected by anti-abortion policies, and aim to increase the diversity of our nominees in terms of geography, demographics, and experience.

Nomination Instructions:

  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 absolutely essential in helping the Nominations Committee familiarize themselves with the nominee and their work.
  2. Send the nominee’s CV to dkapsalakis@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 Nominations Committee will then vote on all nominees (mid-November). All nominators will be notified via email once the award winners are selected (late-November).

The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, November 5, 2018.

Previous Honorees

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