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AMA honors Kerlikowske for government service

February 10, 2011
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Washington, D.C. – The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Gil Kerlikowske, National Drug Control Policy Director, with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Kerlikowske was selected for the AMA’s top government service award for fighting drug abuse and helping protect the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

“Mr. Kerlikowske has gained the admiration of physicians for being a true leader and partner in the pivotal battle to protect the public from the menace of drug abuse,” said AMA Board Chair Ardis Dee Hoven, MD. “His outstanding leadership in establishing policies and programs to fight illicit drug use, trafficking and manufacturing will help curb violence and crime and create healthier communities.”

Kerlikowske is one of seven honorees chosen to receive the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The award, named for the founding father of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

“Through the Nathan Davis Awards, the AMA salutes government officials who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve public health,” said Dr. Hoven. “Award winners come from every branch of government service and are a testament to the important role public officials play in creating and implementing health policy that benefits Americans.”

Kerlikowske was nominated for the AMA award by U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.). This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards.