Bernard Lown Award for Social Responsibility

And the 2022 BLASR winner is…

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Michigan pediatrician who helped expose the Flint water crisis, has been named the first winner of the Bernard Lown Award for Social Responsibility! (Press release)

Learn more about Dr. Hanna-Attisha and register for the June 7th Bernard Lown Award Ceremony.

About the Bernard Lown Award

Dr. Bernard Lown

Dr. Bernard Lown, founder of the Lown Institute, was one of the most accomplished physicians and activists of the 20th century. Not only did he create medical innovations that saved countless lives, he repeatedly risked his career to stand up against racial injustice, nuclear war, and the industrialization of healthcare.

Today’s clinicians face challenges that seem similarly insurmountable, such as global health crises, climate emergency, systemic racism, and growing inequality. Addressing these issues will take a new generation of clinician leaders, who aren’t afraid to go outside the healthcare system to tackle critical health problems. Clinicians who have the vision to see the healthcare system as it is, the courage to take a stand, and the confidence to lead the movement for radically better healthcare.

To honor Dr. Lown’s memory, and because our society needs more leaders like him, we created the Bernard Lown Award for Social Responsibility. The BLASR is given each year to a young clinician who demonstrates bold leadership in racial equity, the environment, global peace, or other humanitarian efforts.

With this award we recognize and lift up these extraordinary clinicians, who are dedicating their time, skills, and energy to tackle the most important health issues of our time, in a world that desperately needs healing.

Selection process

Eligible candidates must be 1) age 45 or younger 2) work as a clinician in the United States, and 3) stand out for their bold leadership in social justice, environmentalism, global peace, or other notable humanitarian efforts.

The Lown Institute solicited nominations from the public through the fall and winter of 2021/22. These submissions were considered by the BLASR Nominating Committee. Finalists were forwarded to the Selection Committee to decide the winner.

Nominating Committee

Vikas Saini, MD

Vikas Saini

President, Lown Institute

Patricia Gabow MD

Patricia Gabow MD

Chairperson, Lown Institute Board of Directors

Zachary Lown

Zachary Lown

Lown Family Representative

David Bor

David Bor

Board Member, Lown Institute

Michael Christ

Michael Christ

Executive Director, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Harry Hayman

Harry Hayman

Trustee, Hayman Family Foundation

Ryan Kraemer

Ryan Kraemer

Chair, Council of Early Career Physicians and member of the Board of Regents, American College of Physicians

Yolanda Lawson, MD, FACOG

Yolanda Lawson, MD, FACOG

Chair, Board of Trustees, National Medical Association

Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter

Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Aletha Maybank

Aletha Maybank

Chief Equity Officer, American Medical Association

Cassandra McCullough

Cassandra McCullough

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.

Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers

President, Physicians for a National Health Program

Carol Allen

Carole Allen

President, Massachusetts Medical Society

Richard Allen Williams

Richard Allen Williams

President, Minority Health Institute

Be a part of this award

Will you help make this award sustainable? No matter the size of your donation, your pledge will show that you believe in the example set by Dr. Lown and the importance of lifting up the voices of outstanding clinicians following in his footsteps.

The Lown Institute is a tax-exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 04-3291770. For more information, contact us at LownAward@LownInstitute.org.