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