2020 NIH Director's Awards: Commissioned Corps

A message from RADM Richard Childs, M.D, Clinical Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


Distinguished Service Medal

RADM Peter Kilmarx, FIC
For a distinguished USPHS career responding to HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease threats and building health research capacity worldwide from July 1996 to November 2019.


Outstanding Service Medal

RADM Timothy Holtz, OD
For his scientific excellence and outstanding leadership in the conduct of a clinical trial in HIV prevention among key populations in Thailand.

CAPT Christine Hunter, OD
For exceptional administrative and scientific leadership during extended coverage of OBSSR Director responsibilities.

CAPT Jack Yanovski, NICHD
For his extraordinary research career resulting in multiple discoveries that have transformed our understanding of obesity.\

CAPT David Morens, NIAID
For sustained leadership in supporting the NIH, NIAID and its Director and laboratories in research and communication about deadly influenza pandemics.

CAPT Derek Newcomer, OD
For developing a novel test method to measure capture efficiency of portable air filtration devices used during building construction activities.

CAPT Derek Newcomer, OD
For research exploring occupational exposures to anesthetic agents, which yielded improved techniques to minimize risk of illness to healthcare providers.

CAPT Richard Troiano, NCI
For guiding the development and release of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition from start to finish.

CDR Evan Shukan, OD
For demonstrating unusually high-quality initiative in leadership and making exceptional contributions to the NIH mission in training over 4500 individuals.

CDR Eric Zhou, NIAID
For outstanding leadership in tuberculosis drug and vaccine development to address urgent global crisis in tuberculosis.

CDR John Pesce, NIAID
For his exemplary leadership in the development and operation of the Prevention through Active Community Engagement (PACE) Program between 2012 and 2018.

CDR Leo Gumapas, OD
For his exemplary leadership in the development and operations of the Prevention through Active Community Engagement (PACE) Program between 2012 and 2018.

LCDR Martin Gaudinski, NIAID
For leadership, innovation, and proficiency in designing and conducting the first-in-human clinical trial of an experimental Ebola treatment named mAb114.


Outstanding Unit Citation

Reversing the Mortality Rate Group
For their work in the Nation's Drug Overdose Crisis for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH).

CAPT Michelle Leff, NIDA
CAPT Paul Na, NIDA
CAPT Jeffrey Schulden, NIDA
CDR John Hubbard, NIDA
CDR Michael Kluk, NCI
LCDR Stacy Yung, NIDA 
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