Bailey K. Ashford Medal
"The Bailey K. Ashford Medal is presented to a member for distinguished work in tropical medicine. Customarily it is given to an individual in mid-career (within twenty years of PhD or MD)."
The Bailey K. Ashford Medal is awarded for distinguished work in tropical medicine. Initially the medal was to go only to workers under the age of 35, but over time the specific upper age limit was gradually increased, and eventually dropped. The medal is awarded every year, and more than one award may be given. Bailey K. Ashford was born on September 28, 1873 in Washington D.C., and was son of Dr. Francis Ashford, Dean of the Georgetown School of Medicine. He received his MD from Georgetown and entered the Army Medical Corps in 1897. After the Spanish American War he was sent to Puerto Rico, in command of medical department troops.
In 1899, at age 26, he recognized that hookworms caused the anemia prevalent among the rural populations and in 1904 he founded the Puerto Rico Anemia Commission to combat the disease. Except for assignments in Washington and France in WWI, he was destined to spend almost his professional career in Puerto Rico, where he died in 1934. He was instrumental in founding the School of Tropical Medicine in Puerto Rico which later transformed into the School of Medicine.
The first Bailey K. Ashford medal was awarded in 1941 to Lloyd E. Rozeboom with support from Eli Lilly and Company.
(Read the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene article about the medal by the man who created the medal's design.)
Members of the Award Committee cannot nominate anyone for a medal, cannot add a supporting letter or be nominated for a medal. Not being eligible to receive a medal also extends to all sitting members of the Council/Executive Committee. The Society encourages members to look beyond elected leadership in nominating deserving candidates. Former elected leaders are eligible.
Center for Infectious Disease Research
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Brown University Medical School
David A. Fidock
Columbia University Medical Center
University of Texas Medical Branch
Elizabeth A. Winzeler
University of California, San Diego
Rick M. Fairhurst
Simon I. Hay
Univeristy of Oxford
National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
University of Otago, New Zealand
University of Vermont
Partners In Health/Brigham and Women's Hospital
University of Minnesota
University of California San Diego
J. Kevin Baird
W. Ripley Ballou
Charles Hoke, Jr.
Leo Jachowski, Jr.