John P. McGovern Award

2010 McGovern Award: Megan ColeThe John P. McGovern Award was established in 1982 by the Southwest Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association to recognize excellence in the field of medical communications.

The award is named for John P. McGovern, MD, founder and director of the McGovern Allergy Clinic in Houston and a noted educator, author, and historian. Dr. McGovern was a past member of the Southwest Chapter of AMWA and was an AMWA Fellow from 1967 until his death in 2007.

The award is presented at the January Chapter banquet meeting.

Year
Recipient
Lecture topic
2012
Walter Baile, MD, and Cathy Kirkwood, MPH
I*CARE (Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement): Learning and Teaching Communication Skills
2011
Mauro Ferrari, PhD
Perspectives in Nanomedicine
2010
Megan Cole
For the Love of Words: a Medical Writer’s Story on Stage
2009
Lawrence K. Altman, MD
Who Goes First? The Story of Self-Experimentation in Medicine
2008
Stuart C. Yudofsky, MD
The Impact of Stigmatization on the Mentally Ill
2007
Steve Sternberg
Covering the Plague: AIDS, the Press, and a Personal Journey
2006
Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH
Educating Medical Writers and Editors: Adventures on Two Continents
2005
Alan Blum, MD
Memoirs of a Medical Activist
2004
Robert E. Rakel, MD
Compassion and the Art of Medicine: The Role of the Humanities in a Caring Profession
2003
Robin Marantz Henig
Turning Science Into Stories: The Limits of Narrative Nonfiction
2002
Paula L. Knudson
The Minefields Surrounding Informed Consent for Research
2001
Walter Pagel, ELS(D)
Not Just the Facts, Ma'am: Ideas for Engaging Readers in the Story of Your Science
2000
Dorothy Nelkin
Bar-coded Bodies: Commercialization of Body Tissue in the Biotechnology Age
1999
Anne Hudson Jones, PhD
Words and Their Magic: Language, Literature, and Medicine
1998
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD
Moods
1997
Abraham Verghese, MD
Searching for Meaning
1996
John H. Lienhard, PhD
Communication Revolution: A Promise of Social Upheaval
1995
Paul M. Raeburn
Truth, Justice, and the American Way--Covering Medical News for the Associated Press
1994
Ruth Doyle SoRelle
My Experiences as a Medical Writer, or How The Reader's Digest Cured My Father's Gout
1993
John Stone, MD
The Human Encounter in Medicine
1992
John C. Bailar, III, MD, PhD
Communication in Science: Messages Sent, Messages Received
1991
Jane E. Brody
Medicine and Media: Pushing a Pound of Prevention Without Public Confusion
1990
Bruce B. Dan, MD
Media Medical Reporting: Its Liabilities, Ethical Hazards, and Moral Conflicts
1989
Randy Shilts
(lecture untitled)
1988
Jeffrey R. Lyon
Playing God in the Nursery
1987
Edward Huth, MD
New Technology and the Future of Medical Publishing
1986
Oliver W. Sacks, BM, BCh
(lecture untitled)
1985
Richard A. Seltzer, MD
The Surgeon as Writer
1984
Donald Radcliffe
Communication: The Author-Editor-Reader Continuum
1983
Edith Schwager
(keynote address, First AMWA Southwest Chapter Conference)