William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research

The Prize and Its Purpose

The Baxter International William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research recognizes an individual who has significantly increased the quality of or access to health service delivery worldwide through the development of insights and innovations that have (a) eliminated barriers to the education and prevention of noncommunicable diseases; (b) highlighted the importance of proper nutrition in underserved communities; (c) removed barriers to accessing clean water; and/or (d) produced innovative health solutions and technologies that increase access to quality care.

AUPHA has partnered with Baxter International since 2006 to award The William B. Graham Prize. The Prize was established to honor the late William B. Graham, long-time CEO of Baxter International. The Prize is the highest distinction that researchers in the health services field can achieve, and succeeds the Baxter International Foundation Prize for Health Services Research awarded from 1986 until 2005.

The Prize includes an award of $26,000 to the recipient, $26,000 to a non-profit institution that supports the winner’s work, and $26,000 to an institution in the locale where the Prize will be awarded. It is awarded at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Annual Meeting.

Nomination Process

The Graham Prize is awarded to an individual working in any relevant discipline, anywhere in the world. Nominations are actively solicited to ensure that Prize recipients represent leaders in, and major contributions to, the field of applied health services research nationally and internationally. The Prize is intended to recognize either a single major contribution or lifelong achievement.

Nominations must provide complete documentation including a letter of nomination that addresses the nominee’s contributions to health services delivery improvement in one or more of the four primary areas noted in the second paragraph above (a through d). The letter should be organized by the following categories: Scholarly Reputation, Sustained Productivity in Research, and Impact on Healthcare Policy and Practice.

The nomination should include a current curriculum vitae for the nominee and additional letters of support if desired. The nomination and CV must be in English. Supporting materials may be in other languages. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations must be received by January 17, 2022, to be considered.

Nominations should be sent to:

The William B. Graham Prize Selection Committee
AUPHA
1730 M Street, NW
Suite 407
Washington, DC 20036.
Attention: Jaime Stephens

Nominations may also be sent by email to Jaime Stephens at jstephens@aupha.org.

Please direct all inquiries to (202) 763-7561 or jstephens@aupha.org. More information about the Prize may be found here.

Selection Committee

Chair, Julie Sakowski PhD Appalachian State University 
David Blumenthal MD The Commonwealth Fund
Elizabeth Bradley PhD Vassar College
Thomas D'Aunno PhD New York University 
Darrell Gaskin PhD MS Johns Hopkins University
Sherry Glied PhD New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School
Richard Hirth PhD University of Michigan
William Hsiao PhD Harvard School of Public Health
Keith Mueller PhD University of Iowa
Marcella Nunez-Smith MD, MHS Yale School of Medicine
Mark Pauly PhD University of Pennsylvania
Peter Pronovost PhD, MD University Hospitals - Cleveland
Joris van de Klundert PhD Erasmus University Rotterdam
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach PhD Northwestern University

Prize Winners

William B Graham Prize Winners

2021
Sherry Glied, PhD
New York University
Press Release

2020
William C. Hsiao, PhD
Professor of Economics Harvard School of Public Health

2019
Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D.
University Hospitals
Press Release

2018
Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD
Vassar College

2017
David Blumenthal, MD
The Commonwealth Fund

2016
John K. Iglehart
Health Affairs

2015
Anthony J. Culyer, CBE, BA, Hon DEcon, Hon FRCP, FRSA, FMedSci
University of York

Alan Maynard, OBE, BPhil, Hon DSc, Hon LLD, Hon MFPHM, MMEDSci
University of York

2014
Stuart H. Altman, PhD
Brandeis University

2013
Dorothy P. Rice, ScD
University of California, San Francisco

2012
Mark V. Pauly, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

2011
Edward H. Wagner, MD
Group Health Research Institute

2010
Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD
Princeton University

2009
Carolyn M. Clancy, MD
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

2008
Sir Michael G. Marmot, MBBS, MPH, PhD
University College London

2007
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

2006
Linda H. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN
University of Pennsylvania

Baxter Prize Winners

2005
David L. Sackett, OC, MD, FRSC, FRCP
Trout Research Institute

2004
Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins University

2003
Robert J. Blendon, ScD
Harvard University

2002
John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA

2001
Robert G. Evans, PhD
University of British Columbia

2000
Karen Davis, PhD
The Commonwealth Fund

1999
Ronald Andersen, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles

Odin Anderson, PhD
University of Wisconsin, Madison

1998
Harold S. Luft, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

1997
David Mechanic, PhD
Rutgers University

1996
Kerr L. White, MD
University of Virginia

1995
Stephen M. Shortell, PhD
University of California, Berkeley

1994
Alain C. Enthoven, PhD
Stanford University​