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Health services research prize conferred posthumously on John Eisenberg

In recognition of his outstanding efforts to advance global health services research, John M. Eisenberg, M.D., former Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was awarded posthumously the prestigious 2002 Baxter International Foundation Health Services Research Prize. Dr. Eisenberg died March 10, 2002, after a year-long illness caused by a brain tumor.

The prize was conferred by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration at their annual meeting on June 22 in Washington, DC. A committee comprising renowned health services academicians and clinicians from around the world selected Dr. Eisenberg for the award based on his work as a clinician, academician, researcher, and advocate for health services research.

Dr. Eisenberg's work as a clinician and leader in the field of health services research spanned more than 30 years. He held academic appointments at many leading institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Georgetown University, where he served as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine from 1992 until 1997, when he left to assume the directorship of AHRQ.

Since 1986, the Baxter International Foundation has funded the health services research prize in recognition of researchers who have made major contributions to the health of the public through innovative research in health services. The prize includes a $25,000 contribution—$10,000 to the individual and $15,000 to a not-for-profit institution that supports the awardee's work. Dr. Eisenberg's family has presented his portion of the prize to the Dr. John M. Eisenberg Healthcare Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. The fund will support health care initiatives for research, education, service, and policy.

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