Each year, the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Awards of Excellence program recognizes individuals who have made a significant difference in our community. These individuals have been nominated by their peers for their impressive service and dedication toward the inheritable blood and bleeding disorders community.
Please read the below FAQs to learn more about the Awards of Excellence program, including how to nominate someone, ceremony information, and more.
Before submitting someone for an NHF Award of Excellence, please be sure read the award descriptions below to verify that your candidate is in fact eligible for the award.
To submit a nomination, please fill out this form. Select the award you are nominating your candidate for and why you think they should receive the award. Please submit as much detail as possible. You may also to submit any additional letters of recommendation or testimonials by attaching them toward the end of the form.
Have questions about the nomination process? Email email@example.com for more information.
Members of the inheritable blood and bleeding disorders community, chapter volunteers and staff, as well as HTC staff, can nominate candidates.
At this time, self-nominations are not permitted for the NHF Awards of Excellence program. If a self-nomination is received, it will be excluded from consideration.
Each award has different eligibility criteria, which you can find in the descriptions below. Those who meet the requirements are eligible to receive an award.
Please note that current NHF board members, NHF staff, and paid consultants are not eligible to receive an award.
The nomination deadline is Sunday, May 1, 2022, at 11:59 PM (ET). Any submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
You will be notified if your candidate has been selected to receive an award in early June of this year.
The ceremony will be held in-person at BDC on the final day of the conference. All registered attendees will be able to attend. As of this time, the ceremony will not be livestreamed.
Physician of the Year, named in honor of Kenneth Brinkhous, MD [1908-2000], honors a distinguished physi¬cian who has had a major impact on the lives of individuals with inheritable blood and bleeding disor¬ders. The winning individual exemplifies compassion and knowledge of the latest treatments, is a vocal patient advocate, and is a committed caregiver whose concern for patients is apparent in everything he or she does. Dr. Brinkhous was a distinguished physician and professor whose research led to the development of revolutionary treatments for bleeding disorders, and NHF is honored to dedicate this award in his memory.
Nurse of the Year honors a nurse who has demonstrated service to the inheritable blood and bleeding disorders community beyond their day-to-day responsibilities. This individual serves as a role model for others in the nursing field and has a minimum of two years' experience working with patients in our community.
Physical Therapist of the Year, named for Donna Boone, PT, honors an individual who has demonstrated service to the bleeding disorders community above and beyond their daily responsibilities. This person serves as a role model for others in the physical therapy field and has a minimum of two years’ experience working with individuals with blood or bleeding disorders. Donna Boone [1932-2019] was a pioneer in physical therapy and bleeding disorders and served as a mentor for many professionals, and NHF is honored to continue her legacy with this award.
Social Worker of the Year, named in honor of Jill Solomon, honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the bleeding disorders community beyond their day-to-day responsibilities. This person serves as a role model for others in the field and has a minimum of two years’ experience working with individuals with community members. Jill Solomon was a former NHF staff member who was a tireless advocate for social workers. She was beloved by the NHF Social Work Working Group, and the award was renamed in her honor following her death in 1997.
Mary M. Gooley Humanitarian of the Year honors a non-provider HTC staff member who is dedicated and committed to the care of families and patients at their HTC. This person has shown a caring and humane spirit in their work to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Mary Gooley [1925-2019] devoted more than 40 years to the bleeding disorders community. She served as the executive director of the Hemophilia Center-Rochester Region, Inc.—now known as the Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center—and continued to volunteer after her retirement. NHF is honored to remember her legacy with this award.
Genetic Counselor of the Year acknowledges an individual who has taken a leading role in assisting, guiding, and educating families and individuals on the genetic inheritance of blood and bleeding disorders. For many families who learn they are carriers of an inheritable bleeding disorder, a genetic counselor is often the first person to foster the family's understanding of a patient journey, and inspires informed decisions. The Genetic Counselor of the Year is both an expert and empathetic. He or she is current with the latest research in anticipation of an enhanced role in the expanding arena of molecular therapies for coagulation disorders.
NHF’s Researcher of the Year award goes to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to scientific research and discovery that has positively impacted the inheritable blood and bleeding disorders community.
Advocate of the Year, named in honor of Joseph Early and Dr. L. Michael Kuhn, recognizes a person who plays an active role in their chapter’s advocacy program, advocates on behalf of the community and displays a commitment to ensuring people with bleeding disorder have access to treatment and care. U.S. Rep. Joseph D. Early [1933-2012] was a high-ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee until 1993 and a champion for treatment of people with inheritable blood bleeding disorders. Dr. L. Michael Kuhn [1929-1974] was a dedicated medical professional and a strong advocate for the bleeding disorders community.
The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes a chapter volunteer who has made a lasting impact on their local chapter through their leadership, volunteer efforts, engagement, and advocacy. The recipient has shown dedication to the mission of their chapter over the years and has served as a valuable resource for their local community.
Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of Dick James, recognizes an individual who has dedicated his/her life to the inheritable blood and bleeding disorders community to improve the lives of those affected. This person has contributed his or her time and energy on a national or international scale to advance research, care, and advocacy, and develop new leadership that will lead this organization into the future. Dick James [1951-1993], who had hemophilia and AIDS, was an advocate and leader on behalf of people with inheritable blood and bleeding disorders and HIV.
Loras Goedken Outstanding Leadership Award, named in honor of Loras Goedken, is presented to a current chapter board member (serving within the most recent year) who has demonstrated leadership and engagement to the benefit of their chapter and their local community. Loras Goedken [1944-1997] was a proactive leader for the inheritable blood and bleeding disorders community. He was a tireless advocate, served in his chapter, and was active on many local boards, government, and support groups.
The Ryan White Youth Award, named in honor of Ryan White, is presented to a young person (8-25 years old) who has helped educate others both within the inheritable blood and bleeding disorders community, and among the general population by increasing awareness and understanding. Ryan White [1972-1990] had severe hemophilia and contracted AIDS in 1984 through the infusion of contaminated clotting factor. He brought national attention to hemophilia and its complications, changed people's prejudicial attitudes, educated the public and generated national compassion. NHF is honored to continue his legacy with this award.
As we all know, camp is at the core of the bleeding disorders community. Each year, NHF chapters work tirelessly to put on camp programs that provide critical educational opportunities and the chance for campers to create a bond that lasts a lifetime. To honor that, the Val Bias and Todd Smith Innovation in Camp Award will go to a chapter that developed and delivered new and creative programming at camp the previous summer. The award-winning camps help youth feel empowered and grow in their independence. The winning chapter will receive a $5,000 award and special recognition at this year’s Bleeding Disorders Conference Award Ceremony.