Only members can submit nominations. (Nominees can be members or non-members.) 

Ben Kean Medal

"The Ben Kean Medal is awarded to a clinician or educator whose dedication to clinical tropical medicine and impact on the training of students, fellows and/or practitioners of tropical medicine is in keeping with the tradition established by Dr. Kean."

Nominations for the next Ben Kean Medal will open in 2025.
For a list of previous medalists, scroll down.

Please Note: Members of the Awards 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 Board/Executive Committee. The Society encourages members to look beyond elected leadership in nominating deserving candidates. Former elected leaders are eligible.

Benjamin H. Kean (1912-1993) is the founder of the tropical medical program and a renowned professor of clinical tropical diseases and public health at Cornell University. In addition to being one of the most respected and admired educators at Cornell, Dr. Kean is known for his work in discovering the cause of traveler’s diarrhea and for being a physician to many of the best-known personalities of the 20th Century, ranging from artist Salvador Dali to Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II to writer Sherwood Anderson and the Shah of Iran. The medal is awarded every third year. The medal was first awarded in 1994 to Mrs. Ben Kean (Collette), and the first Society member recipient was Franklin A. Neva in 1995.

William M. Stauffer
University of Minnesota Department of Medicine 
View an introduction of Dr. Stauffer by Drs. Brett Hendel-Paterson, Stephen Dunlop, Michael Sundberg and Nathan Bertelsen.

Thomas B. Nutman


William A. Petri, Jr.
University of Virginia

Mary E. Wilson
University of California San Francisco

Terrie Taylor
Michigan State University

Nancy G. Saravia
Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas

A. Clinton White
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Michele Barry

John Dick MacLean

Jay Keystone

Robert Gilman

Frank J. Bia

James H. Maguire



Martin S. Wolfe

Franklin A. Neva

Collete Kean (Mrs. Ben Kean)