The University presented the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health for the first time on April 12, 2005 to Dr. William Foege on the 50th anniversary of Francis’ historic announcement that the results of the polio vaccine trials had proven the Salk vaccine to be “safe, effective, and potent.” The medal was next given to Alfred Sommer in 2010. The medal will be given periodically to a recipient whose contributions have advanced global public health and helped to establish a healthier future for society.

2005 Recipient: William Foege

2010 Recipient: Alfred Sommer