The HERBERT PARDES FAMILY AWARD FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN ADVOCACY FOR RESEARCH, established by the Research!America Board of Directors in 2018, recognizes individuals who, throughout their careers have – like Dr. Pardes – demonstrated distinguished leadership and sustained commitment to public engagement and advocacy for research. 

Michael M. E. Johns, MDrecipient of the Herbert Pardes Family Award for National Leadership in Advocacy for Research, is an internationally recognized leader in academic medicine, health policy, and as a head and neck cancer surgeon. He currently serves as a professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1993, he is executive vice president for Health Affairs Emeritus at Emory University, and president, CEO, and chairman of the Board Emeritus of Emory Healthcare – positions he held at Emory from 1996 to 2007. He also served as Emory’s chancellor from 2007 to 2012. Prior to his work at Emory, he was vice president of the Medical Faculty and dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He recently served as interim executive vice president for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan from June 2014 through February 2015. 

In addition to leading complex administrative and academic organizations to new levels of excellence and service, Dr. Johns is widely renowned as a catalyst for new thinking in many areas of health policy and health professions education. He has been a significant contributor to many of the leading organizations and policy groups in health care, including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He frequently lectures, publishes, and works with state and federal policymakers on topics ranging from the future of health professions education to national health system reform. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Johns has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Most recently, in December 2016, he received an honorary Doctor of Science from his alma mater, the University of Michigan. In 2015, Dr. Johns received the Castle Connolly Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to physicians for their lifetime of dedication to research and practice in their respective specialties.


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Michael M.E. Johns, MD - 2020 Herbert Pardes Family Award for National Leadership in Advocacy for Research