Prestigious awards are made to clinicians, academicians, young researchers, and premier ATA® members who have made outstanding contributions in thyroidology. The awards include the Lewis E. Braverman Distinguished Award Lectureship, Paul Starr Award, Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Lectureship, the Van Meter Award, the ATA Distinguished Service Award, and the John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal.

The Van Meter Award Lecture, established in 1930, recognizes outstanding contributions to research on the thyroid gland or related subjects. The award is given each year to an investigator who is not older than the age of 45 in the year of the award. The Van Meter award winner is kept secret until the time of the award lecture during the annual meeting. An honorarium and expenses are funded by support from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers. A Van Meter endowment contribution in memory of Jacob (Jack) Robbins has been given by Jean Robbins.

The Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Lectureship Award, endowed by contributions to honor the memory of Sidney H. Ingbar, recognizes outstanding academic achievements in thyroidology, in keeping with the innovation and vision that epitomized Dr. Ingbar’s brilliant investigative career. The Ingbar award is conferred upon an established investigator who has made major contributions to thyroid-related research over many years. An honorarium will be presented to the recipient.

The Paul Starr Award Lecture recognizes an outstanding contributor to clinical thyroidology.

The Lewis E. Braverman Distinguished Lectureship Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence and passion for mentoring fellows, students and junior faculty; has a long history of productive thyroid research; and is devoted to the ATA® . The award is endowed by contributions to honor Dr. Lewis E. Braverman. An honorarium will be presented to the recipient.

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) honors a member who has made important and continuing contributions to the American Thyroid Association® (ATA). The DSA award certificate is presented during the ATA® Annual Meeting.

The John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal recognizes outstanding research contributions, either conceptual or technical, to the understanding of thyroid physiology or the pathophysiology of thyroid disease, as evidenced by having a major impact on research or clinical practice related to thyroid diseases. A medal is conferred during the ATA® Annual Meeting.


The American Thyroid Association (ATA) Awards nominations opens at the time of the annual meeting each year with a nomination form posted online in members only and in the meeting program book.  Nominators must complete the submission by the following March 31.   The candidate will be contacted to complete a short form listing their ATA Service and Leadership Activities.

The Awards  Committee convenes in the spring following the 3/31 deadline to decide the awardees. All unselected candidates are held for 3 awards cycles.  Please send questions to the Awards Committee Staff

Required Support Documents include CV, Nominator Letter, 1-2 Letters of Support (from ATA colleagues), 2-4 Significant Publications.