Health Leader of the Year

The COA Health Leader of the Year Award was established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to the health of the Nation.  Contributions can be in research, administration, service delivery, or some other area of public health.

This award recognizes those who achieved prominence in public health.  Persons who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in making notable contributions to the health of the Nation may be nominated for this award.  Contributions can be in research, administration, service delivery or some other area of public health.

In general, persons considered will include those who have been in public health practice for more than 15 years.   Membership in COA is not a requirement for nomination; however, consideration will be given to the nominee’s knowledge and support of the USPHS Commissioned Corps.

Nominations for 2018 COA Health Leader of the YearNominations are due by December 31. Submit via email to LCDR Kristie Purdy, Chair of the COA Awards Committee, at Kristie.Purdy@ihs.gov and Kristie.Purdy@gmail.com.

 

Rear Admiral Clara H. Cobb, USPHS (Ret.)

2017 COA Health Leader of the Year 

Rear Admiral Clara H. Cobb (USPHS Ret.) epitomizes the qualities of a Health Leader of the Year and has distinguished herself as a proven and effective leader by the magnitude and impact of her contributions to the health of the Nation. RADM Cobb began her career in the Public Health Service as Lieutenant Junior Grade and throughout her 36-year career has overcome challenges and obstacles by skillfully leading, managing and innovating to address complex public health issues. She was the first Regional Health Administrator (RHA) to serve as Secretary’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) Leader for the G-8 Summit in 2004 and did so while concurrently serving as both RHA and acting Regional Director for Region IV.

 

Past recipients of the Health Leader of the Year Award include:

Year

Awardee

2017

RADM Clara H. Cobb, USPHS (Ret.)

2016

CAPT Robert J. Tosatto, USPHS, Director, Medical Reserve Corps Program

2015

RADM Boris Lushniak, USPHS, Deputy Surgeon General

2014

Thomas Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2013

RADM Thomas McGinnis, USPHS, Defense Health Agency

2012

RADM William Foege, USPHS (Ret.)

2011

The Honorable Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senate

2010

The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senate

2009

RADM Susan Blumenthal, USPHS (Ret.)

2008

RADM Charles Grim, USPHS, Director, Indian Health Services

2007

RADM Helene Gayle, USPHS, (Ret.) President and CEO of CARE USA

2006

Richard H. Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General

2005

VADM James A. Zimble, (Ret.), 30th Surgeon General, U.S. Navy

2004

Julie L. Gerberding, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2003

RADM Kenneth Moritsugu, Deputy Surgeon General

2002

Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

2001

The Honorable John Warner and Tim Hutchinson, U.S. Senate

2000

CAPT Brian Flynn, USPHS

1999

RADM Barry Johnson, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

1998

The Honorable Bill Frist, U.S. Senate

1997

Unknown

1996

Francis S. Collins, Director, National Center for Human Genome Research

1995

Unknown

1994

John Lewin

1993

Ada Sue Hinshaw, NINR, National Institutes of Health

1992

VADM Antonia Novello, USPHS, 14th U.S. Surgeon General

1991

William Roper, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1990

Samuel Broder, NCI, National Institutes of Health

1989

James O. Mason, 9th Assistant Secretary for Health

1988

Anthony Fauci, NIAID, National Institutes of Health

1987

C.Everett Koop, 13th U.S. Surgeon General

 

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