Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award Nomination Form

The Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award is presented annually to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of vulnerable or underserved populations in the healthcare arena.

The award was established in 2014 thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Ronald Arky, Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at the Harvard Medical School.

Nominations are due December 4, 2017.


Nominee Criteria

  • The individual must be female.
  • The individual must have a history of health-focused advocacy work targeting underserved communities. Although healthcare is the focus, work may cut across other sectors, such as education, social services, research, policymaking and legislation, community mobilization, activism, etc.
  • The individual must be extensively involved and currently active in her advocacy work.
  • The award is primarily focused on women who are mid-career in their work, however, we will consider individuals in an early stage of their professional development as well as those who have already been recognized as accomplished advocates.
  • Nominees do not need to have a professional degree.
  • Previously nominated individuals may be nominated again.

Section 1: Your information















Section 2: Nominee Information

Please nominate one individual. Submit by December 15.













  • Provide specific examples and accomplishments that exhibit the nominee’s humanistic characteristics as they relate to the qualities below. If possible, include quotes and anecdotes describing the nominee’s qualities. (1500 words)
    • Shows a high level of compassion and empathy
    • Demonstrates respect, sensitivity and appreciation for individuals’ social, cultural and economic background
    • Is viewed by friends/peers/colleagues as a strong voice for the underserved
    • Displays concern for the general welfare of the community and engages in volunteer activities
    • Demonstrates a high level of personal ethics