The Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

The ASCI / Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine is a collaboration between the ASCI and the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The Prize, established with its first recipient in 2014, honors a physician-scientist who has moved science forward with achievements notable for innovation, creativity, and potential for clinical application. The Prize carries a $20,000 honorarium, a lectureship at the ASCI’s annual meeting, and publication of a personal essay in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Prize recipients

2021: Warren J. Leonard, MD, and John J. O’Shea, MD

The eighth annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine is jointly awarded to Warren J. Leonard, MD, NHLBI, NIH Distinguished Investigator, and John J. O’Shea, MD, Scientific Director, NIAMS, NIH, for their respective contributions to the field of immunology, from fundamental discovery to therapeutic impact.

2020: Stuart H. Orkin, MD

The seventh annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been awarded to Stuart H. Orkin, MD, the David G. Nathan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

2019: Carl H. June, MD

The sixth annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been awarded to Carl H. June, MD, the Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

2018: Helen H. Hobbs, MD

The fifth annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been awarded to Helen H. Hobbs, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

2017: Daniel J. Drucker, MD, Joel F. Habener, MD, and Jens J. Holst, MD, DMSc

The fourth annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been jointly awarded to Daniel J. Drucker, MD (Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada), Joel F. Habener, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital, USA) and Jens J. Holst, MD, DMSc (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) for their discovery of incretin hormones and for the translation of these findings into transformative therapies for major metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

2016: Jeffrey M. Friedman, MD, PhD

The third annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been awarded to Jeffrey M. Friedman, MD, PhD, of the Rockefeller University.

2015: Douglas R. Lowy, MD

The second annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been awarded to oncologist and researcher Douglas R. Lowy, MD, Chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, and Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute.

2014: Harry Dietz, MD

The inaugural Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine was awarded to pediatric cardiologist and genetics researcher Harry Dietz, MD, of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.