The President’s Award, presented by the president of the institution, pays tribute to individuals and organizations whose support of National Jewish Health has furthered the institution’s mission and vision.The President’s Award, presented by the president of the institution, pays tribute to individuals and organizations whose support of National Jewish Health has furthered the institution’s mission and vision.

The President’s Award is symbolized in a beautiful sculpture by Joel Mosko, MD, (1912-1994). The sculpture is entitled “Romeo and Juliet” and represents living life with energy, enthusiasm, humility and compassion. It is a tribute to the passionate pursuit of one’s work.

 

Award Recipient

Recipients of the President’s Award have shown significant leadership in an area that has impacted our reputation, service, science or mission.

 

2017 Recipient: Erwin W. Gelfand, MD

Michael Salem and Dr. GelfandDr. Gelfand served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health from 1987 to 2016. Under his leadership, the Pediatrics Department became a world leader in the treatment and research of pediatric allergies, asthma and atopic dermatitis. During Dr. Gelfand’s tenure, more than 75 clinical fellows graduated from the National Jewish Health Fellows Program. He trained more than 120 post-doctoral students in his laboratory, and clinical and basic research programs have thrived.

Read more about Dr. Gelfand's career

 

Past Award Recipients

2014    William Gold II, Philip H. Karsh, Edward A. Robinson
2013    The Hearst Foundations, Dr. Antonio J.L. Simoes
2011    Roger A. Silverstein, Allan Zidell
2010    Rich Baer, Natalie Zucker
2009    Diane & Charles Gallagher Family Foundation
2008    Monfort Family Foundation
2005    Myra Levy, Sherman McCorkle, Drs. Harold & Mary Zirin
2003    Thomas M. Flexner, James D. Kuhn, Milton Morris, Wendy Siegel
2002    Molly Blank
2001    Seryl & Charles Kushner
2000    Louis & Richard Alderson
1999    The Honorable Ben Nighthorse Campbell, U.S. Senator
1998    Norman Brownstein
1996    Alan Landsburg