Newswise — New Orleans, LA, USA—May 20, 2019—ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR)—honored global leaders in the field at its Annual Awards Banquet last night. The event was held at the Society’s ISPOR 2019 annual conference on May 19, 2019 in New Orleans, LA, USA.

The ISPOR HEOR Awards Program grants scientific and service awards that are designed to foster and recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the field of HEOR. The Society also bestows lifetime achievement and leadership awards to those who advance the field and who selflessly serve the Society.

Awards bestowed at the event included: 

Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award

Marc L. Berger, MD was presented the 2019 Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding, life-long achievement in improving health outcomes. Dr Berger is a semiretired, part-time consultant, New York, NY, USA. Until July 2017, he was vice president, real-world data and analytics at Pfizer, Inc and has held a number of senior-level positions in industry. This award was established in honor of the late Avedis Donabedian, MD, MPH who has been called the “father of outcomes research.” 

Marilyn Dix Smith Leadership Award

Josephine Mauskopf, PhD was presented the 2019 Marilyn Dix Smith Leadership Award for her consistent, broad, and meaningful direction to the Society in a leadership role. Dr Mauskopf is vice president of health economics at RTI Health Solutions, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. She has more than 30 years of experience both as a consultant and within the pharmaceutical industry designing and implementing health economic research strategies for prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, psychiatric illness, and neurologic diseases. This award is named to honor the Society’s Founding Executive Director, Marilyn Dix Smith, RPh, PhD, whose leadership and vision developed ISPOR into the leading global Society in the field. 

Bernie J. O’Brien New Investigator Award

Zirui Song, MD, PhD was presented the 2019 Bernie J. O’Brien New Investigator Award for his exceptional promise as a new investigator based on his body of technical and scholarly work in the field. Dr Song is an assistant professor of healthcare policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a physician and health economist whose work focuses on strategies to improve the value of healthcare spending. This award was established in 2004 to honor the long-standing commitment of Bernie J. O’Brien, PhD to training and mentoring new scientists in the field of health economics and outcomes research. 

Honorees also included:

ISPOR Service Awards were also presented to recognize members who have significantly contributed to the vision and mission of the Society, in addition to Student Network Awards to acknowledge Student Network chapters and presidents. 

Additional information on ISPOR’s scientific, leadership, and service awards program can be found here. ISPOR 2019 is the leading global HEOR conference and draws 4000 healthcare thought leaders and stakeholders, including researchers and academicians, assessors and regulators, payers and policy makers, the life sciences industry, healthcare providers, and patient engagement organizations. Additional information on the conference can be found at: Conference Information | Program | Registration | Short Course Program | Sponsors | Exhibitors | Press





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Meeting Link: ISPOR 2019, May-2019