William H. Welch Medal

National Library of Medicine

William H. Welch

Welch Medal Winners


The William H. Welch Medal

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 2009–2013 inclusively will be eligible for the Medal to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, in New Haven, CT, 30 April-3 May, 2015.

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.  A list of subsequently awarded authors and their scholarship can be found at: http://www.histmed.org/about/awards/welch-medal/welch-medal-winners. The chair of the 2013-2014 Welch Medal Committee, Susan Lederer 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 via phone or e-mail:

Deadline for nominations: 29 October 2014

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

Welch Medal Committee 2015-2016

Mariola Espinosa, Chair
Winston Black
Chris Hamlin
Frank Huisman
Leslie Reagan