ISPOR’s scientific achievement and leadership awards program is designed to foster and recognize research excellence, leadership, and outstanding technical achievement in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR).

Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award

The Avedis Donabedian Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual's outstanding, life-long achievement in the area of improving health outcomes. The award was established in honor of the late Avedis Donabedian, MD, MPH who has been called the "father of outcomes research." Dr Donabedian was a renowned faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, multiple award-winner, author of 8 books and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, and presenter of countless lectures on the subject of outcomes research. He dedicated his life to improving the quality of healthcare and healthcare systems; directing such research towards health outcomes as the measure of quality.

Marilyn Dix Smith Leadership Award

The Marilyn Dix Smith Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has shown consistent, broad, and meaningful direction to the Society in a leadership role. As a member-driven Society, ISPOR is committed to identifying, supporting, and developing leadership in the field of HEOR. The award is named to honor the Society’s Founding Executive Director, Marilyn Dix Smith, whose leadership and vision developed ISPOR into the leading global Society in the field. 

Bernie O’Brien New Investigator Award

The Bernie O’Brien New Investigator Award is given to an individual who has shown evidence of exceptional promise based on their emerging body of technical and scholarly work in the field of health economics and outcomes research. The award was established in honor of Bernie J. O'Brien, PhD, who demonstrated a long-standing commitment to training and mentoring new scientists in the field.

HEOR Excellence Award—Methodology

The Health Economics and Outcomes Research Excellence Award for methodology is given to a exceptional paper that advances the field of outcomes research and is expected to have a substantial impact on the field with anticipated wide acceptance and application by others.

HEOR Excellence Award—Application

The Health Economics and Outcomes Research Excellence Award for application is given to a outstanding example of applied health outcomes research that has or is expected to have a high impact on health policy or healthcare decision making.

Value in Health Paper of the Year Award

This award is given to the best paper published in Value in Health during the previous calendar year that represents a major contribution to the field of health economics and outcomes research or its use in healthcare decision making.

Value in Health Regional Issues Excellent Article Awards

Bestowed for a different region each year, this award is given to the best article published in Value in Health Regional Issues in the prior year. Winning articles represent major contributions to the field of health economics and outcomes research or its use in healthcare decision making.

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