Honors and Awards

St. Jude has a history of attracting faculty and staff who are regularly recognized as the best in
their fields. Following is a list of some of the awards and recognitions received during their time at St. Jude.

 Institution  Award
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
  • No. 1 on the list of places top students and young professionals want to work, 2013 and 2014 Millennial Career Survey, National Society of High School Scholars
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
  • One of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
  • Omar N. Bradley Spirit of Independence Award (2010)
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
  • No. 1 children's cancer hospital in the U.S., 2010-11 Best Children's Hospital rankings, U.S. News & World Report
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
  • One of the top 10 Best Places to Work in Academia for seven consecutive years, The Scientist
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
  • One of the top children's cancer care hospitals in the U.S. by Parents magazine for two consecutive surveys
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
  • National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center (May 2008)
 Team/Group  Award
Dr. William Evans and
Dr. Mary Relling
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Pediatric Oncology Award (2009)
Dario Campana, MD, PhD
Cheng Cheng, PhD
James Downing, MD
Dr. William Evans, director and CEO
Melissa Hudson, MD
Sima Jeha, MD
Charles Mullighan, MD
Ching-Hon Pui, MD
Susana Raimondi, PhD
Mary Relling, PharmD
Raul Riberio, MD
  • American Association for Cancer Research AACR Team Science Award (2009)
Intensive Care Unit
  • Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (2009, 2010)
 Individual  Award
Wai Yiu (George) Cheung, PhD
  • Gairdner Foundation International Award
John Cunningham, MD
  • American Society of Hematology Faculty Scholar
Peter Doherty, PhD
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine (2009)
  • Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
  • Honorary Doctor of Sciences Degree, Imperial College of Sciences, Technology and Medicine, London, England
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, London
  • Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
James Downing, MD
  • Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (2013)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award (United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology)
  • Philip Levine Award for Outstanding Research (American Society for Clinical Pathology)
Michael Dyer, PhD
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator (2013)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist (2009)
  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences for 2004 (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Cogan Award (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology)
William Evans, PharmD
  • Oscar B. Hunter Memorial Award in Therapeutics (American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics) 2013
  • Remington Honor Medal (American Pharmacists Association)
  • National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine
  • Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award (American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
  • NIH MERIT Award 1987, 1995, 2005 
  • Leon Goldberg Award (American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Russell R. Miller Research Award (American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Tyler Award for Stimulation of Research (American Pharmaceutical Association)
  • Volwiler Research Achievement Award (American Association Colleges of Pharmacy)
Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, MD
  • Eminent Scientist and Outstanding Scholar of the Year International Award (International Research Promotion Council - Asian-Pacific Chapter)
Richard Gilbertson, MD, PhD
  • Sydney Schlobohm Leadership Chair of Research (2006) (Brain Tumor Society)
Douglas Green, PhD
  • International Cell Death Society Award, International Cell Death Society (2009)
Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
  • Margaret Hay Edwards Achievement Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Education, American Association for Cancer Education (2009)
Greg Hale, MD
  • America's Top Physicians (Consumer's Research Council of America)
Andres Herrada Hidalgo, PhD
  • Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences (2013)
Judith Hicks
  • Social Worker of the Year, Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (2010)
James Hoffman, Pharm.D.
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fellow (2013)
Walter Hughes, MD
  • Distinguished Physician Award (Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society)
  • Chancellor’s Medal (Medalla Rectoral), University of Chile
  • Facultad de Medicina Award, Universidad de Chile
  • 2004 Citation Award (Infectious Diseases Society of America)
James Ihle, PhD
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
  • William Dameshek Prize (American Society of Hematology)
Michael Kastan, MD, PhD
  • Elected to Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • NIH Merit Award (2002)
  • Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars
  • Stohlman Scholar (Medical and Scientific Committee of the Leukemia Society of America)
Larry Kun, MD
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Pediatric Oncology Award (2008)
  • 2007 Gold Medal, The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO)
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Fellow
Wing-Hang Leung, MD, PhD
  • Elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation (2009)
Tom Look, MD
  • Allison Eberlein Award for Childhood Leukemia Research
    Excellence in Pediatric Research Award (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Alvin Mauer, MD
  • St. Boniface General Hospital Research Foundation Award (with Danny Thomas)
Jon McCullers, MD
  • Roche Young Investigator Award
Stephan Morris, MD
  • International Childhood NHL Excellence Award in Basic Science (Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation)
Ray Mulhern, PhD
  • Logan Wright Distinguished Research Award (Society of Pediatric Psychology)
Charles Mullighan, MBBS(Hons), MSc, MD
  • Joanne Levy, MD, Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement, American Society of Hematology (2009)
  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences (2009)
Arthur Nienhuis, MD
  • American Society of Hematology Mentor Award (2009)
  • Henry Stratton Medal of the American Society of Hematology
  • National Cancer Advisory Board (Presidential appointment)
  • National Cancer Advisory Board (Presidential reappointment to a full six-year term)
  • National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine
Guillermo Oliver, PhD
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011)
Joseph Opferman, PhD
  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences for 2006 (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
Asha Pillai, PhD
  • V Scholar in Cancer Research (2012)
Donald Pinkel, MD
  • Charles F. Kettering Prize (General Motors Cancer Research Foundation) for pioneering research at St. Jude
  • Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
  • David Karnofsky Medal (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
Charles Pratt, MD
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Children's Oncology Group)
Ching-Hon Pui, MD
  • 2012 Pediatric Oncology Award (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
  • 2011 Henry M. Stratton Medal (American Society of Hematology)
  • 2011 Joseph H. Berchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research (American Association for Cancer Research)
  • Clinical Excellence Award from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (2010)
  • F.M. Kirby Clinical Research Professor, American Cancer Society
  • Angel Grant Award (National Cancer Coalition)
  • Honorary Professor, Beijing Children's Hospital Affiliates of Capital University of Medical Sciences
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Honorary Professor, University of Hong Kong
Mary Relling, PharmD
  • Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award (American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics) 2013
  • Elected to Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • Leon Goldberg Award (American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
Raul Ribeiro, MD
  • Paul P. Carbone Award in International Oncology (International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research)
Leslie Robison, PhD
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Pediatric Oncology Award (2014)
Martine Roussel, PhD
  • 2011 Fellow and Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Victor M. Santana, MD
  • President's Award for Distinguished Service (Society of Clinical Research Associates) (2010)
Brenda Schulman, PhD
  • National Academy of Sciences (2014)
  • 2012 Fellow and Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award (The Protein Society) (2011)
  • Beckman Young Investigator Award
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences for 2002 (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
Charles Sherr, MD, PhD
  • Prize for Scientific Excellence in Medicine (American-Italian Cancer Foundation) 2013
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow (2013)
  • American Association for Cancer Research Academy Fellow (2013)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • Charles S. Mott Prize (General Motors Cancer Research Foundation)
  • William Dameshek Prize (American Society of Hematology)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
  • Milken Family Medical Foundation Cancer Research Award
  • Pezcoller International Award (American Association for Cancer Research)
  • Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Award (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb's 23rd Annual Silver Medallion for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Cancer Research
  • National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine
  • Second Annual Kirk A. Landon Prize for Basic Cancer Research (American Association for Cancer Research)
  • Fellow of the the American Society for Microbiology
Joseph Simone, MD
  • Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award (American Association for Cancer Research)
Brian Sorrentino, MD
  • 2005 ISEH McCulloch and Till Lectureship and Award (International Society for Experimental Hematology)
J. Paul Taylor, MD, PhD
  • Elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation
Elaine Tuomanen, MD
  • Elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology
  • The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Award
  • E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics
  • Maxwell Finland Award (Infectious Disease Society of America)
Vida Tyc, PhD
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association
  • Fellow of the Society for Pediatric Psychology
Richard Webby, PhD
  • Scientific American 50 - Research Leader in Public Health and Epidemiology
Robert Webster, PhD
  • Charles Mérieux Award, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (2013)
  • Leeuwenhoek Lecture, Royal Society in London (2010)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, London
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, New Zealand
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Twelfth Annual Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Infectious Diseases Research
Cynthia Wetmore, MD, PhD
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on the U.S. Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research (Society for Neuro-Oncology)
  • Peter K. Steck Memorial Award (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center)
Xiaoping Xiong, PhD
  • 2004 International Health Professional of the Year (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England)
  • Man of the Year 2004 (American Biographical Institute, USA)
Jun Yang, PhD
  • Young Investigator Award, American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2009)
Stanislov Zakharenko, MD, PhD
  • 2006 Searle Scholar
Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director
  • 2011 Jefferson Award for lifetime achievement
Danny Thomas, Founder
  • Congressional Gold Medal in 1985 from President Ronald Reagan for his work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2004 (posthumous) recognizing Thomas' contributions to the development of television and radio as a family medium and as a platform for establishing, promoting and supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.