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William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics


The Nelson Award honors the career-long legacy of William A. Nelson, PhD, former Chief of Ethics Education in the National Center for Ethics in Health Care, who retired in November 2003 after 30 years of service to VA.

The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to promoting ethical health care practice in VHA, through excellence, dedication, and accomplishment in the field of health care ethics, including clinical, organizational, and research ethics.

Past Nelson Award Recipients

2017 - David Sine, DrBE, MA, CSP, ARM, CPHRM

2016 - John P. Billig, PhD, ABPP

2015 - Molly Osborne, MD, PhD

2014 - Cynthia Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSBE, DPS 

2013 - Jefferson Rogers, PsyD

2012 - Michael M. Lawson

2011 - Ware Kuschner, MD

2010 - Melissa West, MD

2009 - Sharon Douglas, MD

2008 - Lowell Kronick, MHL, BCC

2007 - Jessica Steckler, MS, RN-BC

2006 - Susan Bowers, MBA

2005 - David Cassarett, MD