Walter Reed Medal
"The Walter Reed Medal is recognizes distinguished accomplishment in the field of tropical medicine."
The Walter Reed Medal is awarded every third year to recognize distinguished accomplishments in the field of tropical medicine. The story of how Walter Reed led the Yellow Fever Commission in Havana that discovered the mosquito vector of the disease is legendary and not repeated here. The first award was made to Mrs. Walter Reed and to the Rockefeller Foundation. It is of interest that in 1942 in a spirit of ecumenism, the award was made posthumously to Carlos J. Finlay - a Cuban contemporary of Walter Reed - to whom many Latin Americans credit the original idea that yellow fever was a mosquito-borne disease.
Members of this 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.
2015 (In Memoriam)
Alan J. Magill
Immediate Past President, ASTMH
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Scott C. Weaver
University of Texas Medical Branch
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Richard L. Guerrant
George Craig, Jr.
Robert Briggs Watson
Ernest Carroll Faust
Sir Gordon Covell
Mrs. Walter Reed
The Rockefeller Foundation