Supporting Physician Leadership
Any successful transformation requires champions who are willing to undertake the risks and sacrifices necessary to catalyze the change. Recognizing this need in integrative medicine, the Bravewell Collaborative developed the Bravewell Leadership Award to encourage and sustain leadership in the field.
Award candidates must be physicians or other doctoral level professionals from North America who:
- Are catalysts in advancing the field of integrative medicine;
- Have made significant contributions to the field of medicine and have demonstrated positive influence among their colleagues and those they serve;
- Embody and advance the principles of the Declaration for a New Medicine;
- Have a history of collaboration across disciplines and healing philosophies;
- Have a compelling vision for the future of medicine that inspires and encourages others; and
- Are resilient change agents and role models in their communities.
The Award recipients are the change agents who have the greatest potential for influencing their peers and institutions, and who have the best opportunity to effect long-term change.
On November 13, 2003, the inaugural Bravewell Leadership Award Evening was held in New York City. Before an audience of 450, Dr. Ralph Snyderman, Former Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University Medical Center and Former President and CEO, Duke University Health Systems, accepted the $100,000 award from Walter Cronkite.
The second Bravewell Leadership Award Event was held on November 10, 2005, in New York City. Brian M. Berman, MD, the director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, accepted the $100,000 award from Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
Recognition of physician leaders is but a first step in encouraging and honoring the healthcare professionals in many fields who have paved the way in integrative medicine. In 2007, the Leadership Event altered its agenda in order to honor the pioneers of integrative medicine.