To recognize and celebrate individuals

who have made remarkable contributions to the School

Distinguished Service Award for Harvard Medical School Alumni

The awardee will have demonstrated loyalty, service, and commitment to HMS through volunteering, community building, service as an ambassador for the School, or otherwise supporting the School and its mission.

  • Award Criteria

    • Candidates must have demonstrated an active commitment through volunteerism, peer/community engagement, consulting, and/or other similar displays of support and exceptional service to HMS
    • Qualified alumni will have partnered with HMS administrators, faculty, students and/or staff who are affiliated with one or more HMS-managed offices
    • Alumni employed by HMS are eligible provided they are not receiving compensation for the service for which they are being nominated
  • Nomination and Selection Process

    Alumni can submit nominations for this award via the online form. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2022. The Alumni Council selects the award recipient each year.

    Nominate a deserving alumnus/a for the 2023 award »

    Nominations are kept confidential and will not be posted online.

The generation coming into medical careers is pretty amazing. They’re so smart, so worldly, and so committed that it really provides me with a lot of hope to where our profession is going.

Past Winners

  • 2021

    Eleanor Gossard Shore, AB ’51, MD ’55, MPH ’70 

    I really treasure this award. My life has been intertwined with Harvard starting in 1947. My affection for Harvard Medical School is enormous.

  • 2020

    David J. Brown, MD ’97

    I was fortunate to have a support network, including my classmate Alicia Barba. Her partnership paved the way for this program. It was special to be acknowledged for doing something that I love, and something that I hope is making an impact, and that is going to make a difference for HMS’s diverse emerging leaders in medicine and beyond. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Alicia as well.

  • 2019

    Dea Angiolillo, MD ’79

    “I was truly surprised and am of course thrilled. I certainly welcome anything that might bring attention to the Alumni Advisor program.”