There is nothing more essential to a successful endeavor than leadership. HST owes much of its success to the wise and visionary leadership of its founder, Irving M. London, MD.
Dr. London was born and raised in Malden, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard for his undergraduate (summa cum laude, '39) and medical ('43) degrees. After three years in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army, Dr. London joined the Department of Medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, where he stayed for nine years. In 1955 he accepted the challenge to help found the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and he served as its first Chairman of the Department of Medicine for 15 years.
In 1969, on sabbatical leave from Einstein, Dr. London served as the director of a planning effort to develop an innovative program at the intersection of science, engineering and medicine that would draw on the resources of both MIT and Harvard. The result of that planning effort is HST, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. London formally directed HST through its nascent years, from 1970 to 1985, and his informal leadership and general counsel endure to this day.
His achievements in medical research and education have been recognized by awards and honors, among which are selection to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and selection as a founding member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. London is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus at Harvard and the Grover M. Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Professor of Biology, Emeritus at MIT.
Criteria and Instructions for Nomination
HST students are invited to recommend one individual for the Irving M. London Teaching Award by writing a statement of nomination explaining your relationship to your nominee and why s/he has distinguished herself/himself as an outstanding teacher. Beyond overall excellence in teaching, the selection committee will consider the extent of each nominee’s impact in terms of class hours, class size, and years of service. All faculty members involved in teaching HST courses are eligible for the award; a faculty member is not required to have a formal appointment in HST to qualify.
We prefer to acknowledge faculty whose teaching contributions have not previously been recognized. However, you may nominate previous recipients for ongoing excellence in teaching if they have not been recognized in the past five years.
2021 Clyde Crumpacker, MD and Harvey Simon, MD
2020 Sabine Hildebrandt, MD
2019 Sarah Flier, MD and Anna Rutherford, MD
2018 John A. Assad, PhD
2017 Richard Mitchell, MD, PhD and Robert Padera, Jr, MD, PhD
2016 Carl Rosow, MD, PhD
2015 Albert Lam, MD
2014 Thomas Byrne, MD
2013 Wolfram Goessling, MD, PhD, and Daniel Soloman, MD
2012 Anastasia Herta Koniaris, MD
2011 Matthew Frosch, MD, PhD
2010 W. Hallowell Churchill, MD, and Roger G. Mark, MD, PhD
2009 Barbara C. Fullerton, PhD, and James B. Kobler, PhD
2008 Henry Klapholz, MD
2007 Christopher A. Shera, PhD
2006 Collin M. Stultz, MD, PhD
2005 Robert F. Padera, MD, PhD
2004 Dennis M. Freeman, PhD
2003 Lee Gehrke, PhD and Trudy M. Van Houten, PhD
2002 John J. Guinan, Jr. PhD and Joseph A. Majzoub, MD
2001 Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD and Valerie Pronio-Stelluto, MD
2000 Richard H. Masland, PhD and David N. Louis, MD
1999 Thomas A. McMahon, PhD* and William Quist, MD, PhD
1998 Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD
1997 David J. Kuter, MD, DPhil
1996 Carl E. Rosow, MD, PhD
1995 Richard N. Mitchell, MD, PhD
1994 Cecil H. Coggins, MD
1993 Harvey B. Simon, MD
1992 Frederick J. Schoen, MD, PhD
1991 Helmut G. Rennke, MD
1990 William M. Kettyle, MD
1989 Lee Gehrke, PhD
1988 Abul K. Abbas, MD
1987 Farish A. Jenkins, Jr. PhD
1986 Walle J. H. Nauta, MD, PhD
* posthumously awarded