William H. Welch Medal

National Library of Medicine

William H. Welch

The William H. Welch Medal is awarded to one or more authors of a book (excluding edited volumes) of outstanding scholarly merit in the field of medical history published during the five calendar years preceding the award. Hence, books published during 2011–2015 inclusively will be eligible for the Medal to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, in Nashville, TN, May 4-7, 2017. No author who has previously won the Welch Medal is eligible for the award. A complete list of previous winners is available here.

The award is named in honor of a major American figure in the history of medicine and public health, who was also one of the first faculty members at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Medal was first presented in 1950 to Henry Sigerist.   The chair of the 2016-2017 Welch Medal Committee Lselie Reagan welcomes suggestions of books to consider for the award. Publishers nominating a book must send a copy to each member of the committee.

To nominate a book and to obtain mailing addresses of all committee members, contact:

Leslie Reagan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of History
309 Gregory Hall, MC-466
810 S Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801


Deadline for nominations: October 21, 2016

Previously nominated eligible books must be re-nominated; they will not be considered automatically.

Welch Medal Committee 2016-2017

Leslie Reagan, Chair
Deborah Doroshow
Gabriella Soto Laveaga
Michael Sappol
Elizabeth Toon

Past Welch Medal Winners