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Past Award Winners – Career Accomplishment


2023 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Jodie Guest

Dr. Jodie Guest is a Professor and Senior Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health, Co-Director of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and the Associate Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program in the School of Medicine at Emory University. She has been the recipient of multiple awards at Emory, most recently the 2022 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award for Rollins School of Public Health, the 2022 and 2020 Rollins School of Public Health Professor of the Year, 2020 Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Epidemiology, and the 2019 Emory School of Medicine Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award. Read more

2022 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Beate Ritz

Beate Ritz MD, Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health with appointments in Environmental Health Sciences and Neurology, and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UCLA. Her primary research interests are occupational and environmental exposures and chronic diseases originating in the prenatal period (adverse birth outcomes and neurodevelopment) as well as neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer disease). Her research developed geographic information system (GIS)-based exposure assessment tools for air pollution and pesticide exposures, and also employs omics tools including metabolomic and methylomic approaches to study interactions between environmental and genetic or biologic factors at both ends of the lifespan. Read more

2021 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Ana Diez Roux

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PHD, MPH, is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology at the Dornsife School of Public Health and Director of the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Read more


2020 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Godfrey Oakley

Dr. Oakley is Director Center for Spina Bifida Prevention and Research Professor of Epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Oakley was formerly Director, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  While at CDC, he and his team provided the scientific and policy leadership critical to persuading the Food and Drug Administration to mandate folic acid fortification of “enriched” flour to prevent spina bifida, a disabling birth defect. Read more

2019 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Sherman James

A social epidemiologist, Sherman James is currently a Research Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. He assumed this position on July 1, 2014 after retiring from Duke University on June 30, 2014. At Duke, he was the Susan B. King Distinguished Professor of Public Policy (2003-2014) and also held professorships in Sociology and Community and Family Medicine. Prior to Duke, he taught in the epidemiology departments at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1973-89), and the University of Michigan (1989-03). Read more

2018 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Allen Wilcox

Allen Wilcox is a reproductive epidemiologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Studies (NIEHS, NIH) in Durham, NC. He’s the author of Fertility and Pregnancy: An Epidemiologic Perspective, published by Oxford U Press. He is past president of SER, SPER, and the American Epidemiological Society, and served for 14 years as the Editor-in-Chief of EPIDEMIOLOGY.  He received an MD from the University of Michigan, a PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, and an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Bergen (Norway).

2017 Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Kenneth Rothman, PhD, MPH

Dr. Rothman is a Distinguished Fellow at the Research Triangle Institute, an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition.  He is also a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health.  His research interests in epidemiology have spanned a range of health problems that includes cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurologic disease, birth defects, injuries, environmental exposures and drug epidemiology.  His main career focus, however, has been the development and teaching of the concepts and methods of epidemiologic research.  He has written two epidemiologic textbooks: Modern Epidemiology, first published in 1986 and now in its third edition, and Epidemiology – An Introduction, now in its second edition.  He was the founding editor of the journal Epidemiology, an Assistant Editor of the American Journal of Public Health, an Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology, and a member of the Editorial Board of the New England Journal of Medicine and The LancetRead more


2015 Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Louise A. Brinton, PhD, MPH

After receiving an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Brinton joined the NCI as a staff fellow in 1976. She earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1979, and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Brinton was appointed Acting Chief of the Environmental Studies Section in 1984, and in 1996 became Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Branch (now called the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch). She served on the Executive Board of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, and was elected president of the organization in 1990. Dr. Brinton has received the PHS Special Recognition Award and the NIH Director’s Award for innovative leadership in women’s health research. She has also been honored by receipt of the H.A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina and the American College of Epidemiology’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award.


2014 Career Accomplishment Award Winner
Lynn Rosenberg, Sc.D.
Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Dr. Lynn Rosenberg is Associate Director of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University and Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. Her earlier research focused on drug, cardiovascular, and cancer epidemiology in men and women. In the last two decades, as Principal Investigator of the Black Women’s Health Study, her research has focused on elucidating risk factors for breast cancer, other cancers, diabetes, uterine fibroids, sarcoidosis, and other serious illnesses among African American women.