2009 Luther L. Terry Award Winners

The 2009 Luther L. Terry awards were presented in six categories: Distinguished Career Award, Exemplary Leadership by a Government Ministry, Outstanding Individual Leadership, Outstanding Organization, Outstanding Research Contribution, and Outstanding Community Service. These awards recognize outstanding worldwide achievement in the field of tobacco control and were presented during a special ceremony on the evening of March 11, in Mumbai, India, as part of the 14th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health.

Below are the 2009 Luther L. Terry award winners.

Distinguished Career

Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., (United States) has been a leader in tobacco control for more than 30 years and is widely recognized as one of the world’s outstanding tobacco control advocates and researchers. Dr. Glantz is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and leads the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. He is the author of three books and more than 150 scientific papers, including the first major review that identified involuntary smoking as a cause of heart disease and the landmark July 19, 1995, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that demonstrated that the tobacco industry had known for decades that nicotine was addictive and that smoking caused cancer. He has played a vital role in making tens of millions of pages of industry documents available to tobacco control and public health researchers by establishing the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library at UCSF. Dr. Glantz has truly pushed the field of tobacco control in new directions.

Exemplary Leadership by a Government Ministry

Ministry of Public Health of the Government of Uruguay has made tremendous achievements in tobacco control and, as a result of its leadership and the commitment of the president of Uruguay, Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, Uruguay became the world's first middle-income country and the first country in the Americas to adopt a comprehensive smoke-free law. Since going smoke-free on March 1, 2006, Uruguay has served as a model of successful smoke-free implementation and enforcement for countries around the world. Its tobacco control success has not been limited to smoke-free policy – earlier this year Uruguay was recognized by the World Health Organization as the country with the highest degree of compliance with provisions of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Outstanding Individual Leadership

Ronald M. Davis, M.D., (United States) (1956-2008) was a truly inspirational public health and tobacco control leader. As a long-time officer and, eventually, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), he was a talented physician and a tireless advocate in the fight against tobacco. Dr. Davis contributed to global tobacco control as the inaugural editor of Tobacco Control, an international peer-reviewed journal published by the British Medical Association; as the North American editor of the British Medical Journal; as the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on tobacco control; as director of the U.S. Office on Smoking and Health; and as the lead editor of the latest National Cancer Institute report on tobacco and the media. Beyond these official duties, however, Dr. Davis was a friend and mentor to innumerable tobacco control researchers and advocates around the world, through whom his influence will continue for generations.

K. Srinath Reddy M.D., D.M., M.Sc., F.A.M.S., (India), is a practicing physician and a world leader in preventive cardiology and public health. He has provided outstanding leadership in tobacco control through his work as an academic researcher and teacher, an advisor to governments, a WHO resource expert and advocate for a strong FCTC, and a public health activist. Dr. Reddy not only serves as the president of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), but he has also played a major role in stimulating and supporting informed health advocacy by young people in India and around the world. He founded the HRIDAY-SHAN program, which has galvanized youth action for tobacco control in the schools and colleges of Delhi and other parts of India and the world. Given his proven ability to link research, policy development, advocacy, campaign implementation, and coalition building, Dr. Reddy has been a role model to young and experienced health professionals alike.

Outstanding Organization

The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) was established in 1992 with a focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Over the years it has honed in on the issue of tobacco control, advocating for the ratification and strong implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The IAHF has encouraged a strategic, action-oriented, and collaborative approach in the Americas, identifying and supporting local leaders, developing strategic plans, and working with local advocates to drive policy change. The organization has had a very significant influence on the region, playing a major role in the smoke-free initiatives in Mexico City and Argentina and co-organizing the first Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Latin American Conference on Tobacco Control.

Outstanding Research Contribution

Michael Cummings, Ph.D., M.P.H., (United States) is chair of the health behavior department and director of the Tobacco Cessation Center at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, one of the premiere tobacco control research institutions in the world. Dr. Cummings’ achievements include contributions to an extensive compendium of publications, including influential chapters in two U.S. Surgeon Generals’ Reports, and a role as the deputy editor of the international journal Tobacco Control from 1991 to 2004 and co-editor of a recently released International Agency for Research on Cancer handbook on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control policy evaluation. He is a dedicated researcher with the ability to translate sound science into terms that decision makers can understand and turn into action. Dr. Cummings is also a passionate advocate, famous for his powerful legislative testimony against the tobacco companies.

Outstanding Community Service

Dileep G. Bal, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. (United States) is known nationally and internationally as the former director and founder of California’s influential and exceptionally effective Tobacco Control Program and is currently the district health officer for the Hawaii Department of Health on the island of Kauai. Under his outstanding leadership, California made tremendous progress in tobacco control, and the state’s tobacco control program has emerged as a model not only for other states in the U.S. but also globally. Over the last decade, Dr. Bal has become increasingly involved in global tobacco control initiatives. In 2004 he served as an editorial advisory board member for the Report on Tobacco Control in India, which was commissioned by the Government of India, and in 2006 he served as co-chair of the World Conference on Tobacco OR Health. He has earned a reputation for making courageous decisions and taking calculated risks to advance public health and tobacco control to unprecedented levels of effectiveness.

Hatai Chitanondh M.D., F.I.C.S., F.R.C.S. (T.), (Thailand) is the former deputy permanent secretary general of the Ministry of Public Health of the Royal Thai Government. In that position, he successfully spearheaded the effort to prevent foreign cigarettes from being imported into Thailand, resisting pressure from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office from 1988 to 1991. He continues to advise the Thai Government on tobacco control policies and government initiatives, and in 1992 he authored two comprehensive national tobacco control laws. Dr. Chitanondh is recognized in Thailand as a unique source of wisdom of the history and precedents of Thai tobacco control and as a sentinel of important opportunities for future tobacco control action and victory. Most recently, he served as chair of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa.

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