Our Leadership Award Program

Honoring new and early career physicians for extraordinary actions in their practice or community

Program Overview

The Physicians Foundation’s Leadership Award Program honors the next generation of physician leaders by recognizing new and early career physicians for extraordinary actions in their practice or community. Recipients will receive an award to elevate their efforts to address drivers of health (DOH).

Nominations are currently open for the following the award category:

Dr. Buz Cooper Award for Addressing Drivers of Health

In alignment with the Foundation’s work to recognize and act on challenges related to DOH, this award honors a physician who has gone above and beyond to connect their patients with the social, economic, educational and environmental resources that they need for their overall health. The award’s namesake is Richard (Buz) Cooper, MD, author of Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform.

Program Benefits

Elevate Your Extraordinary Work

Earn recognition on a national level and receive an award of $10,000 to further the efforts for which you are being recognized to address DOH or innovate physician practice.

Connect with Experts

Network with other physician leaders and medical executives among The Physicians Foundation’s Board.

Share Perspectives

Be positioned as a thought expert by sharing perspectives in media interviews, op-eds, blogs and social media on how to improve health care delivery.

Required Commitments

As part of receiving the award, recipients must agree to lend their perspective to the Foundation. Award recipients are required to sign a formal agreement to commit to these requirements.

Eligibility Requirements


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    Awards are open to physicians who are new or mid-career (practicing less than 15 years).

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    Nominees should demonstrate physician leadership in the relevant award category.

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    Award applicants should be nominated by a sponsor (mentor, colleague or peer) in coordination with the nominee. Sponsors should provide a short statement of recommendation.

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    Nominees should submit a video component, a current resume/CV and a statement that briefly describes how the award will allow them to continue making positive, constructive contributions to the medical profession.

2024 Leadership Award Program

Be recognized for your extraordinary efforts in your practice or community.

Use access code award23 to apply.