Call for Nominations: 2023 Haffner Award

The William H.J. Haffner American Indian/Alaska Native Women's Health Award, also known as the Haffner Award, recognizes any obstetrician, gynecologist, or health care professional who has made major contributions to the health care of American Indian and Alaska Native women. Nominations for the 2023 recipient of this annual award are now being solicited throughout the health care system.


Nominees could be but do not need to be obstetricians and gynecologists. Any health care professional, such as a family physician, physician assistant, registered nurse, certified nurse–midwife, or nurse practitioner, may be nominated for this award. Nominees must clearly demonstrate sustained commitment and dedication to providing exceptional care to American Indian and Alaska Native women, and they must be currently working for the Indian Health Service or in a health care position for an Indigenous nation or have retired from such a position within the last five years.

Please note that members of ACOG's Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Women's Health, its liaisons, and its advisers are ineligible for the award but may submit nominations.


To submit a nomination, please email a letter of nomination and a CV of the person nominated to ACOG staff at [email protected]. You may also use that email address to send any questions about the award or the nomination process. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, February 24.

Nominations will be reviewed and scored by the awards committee of the ACOG Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Women's Health. An endowed fund raised by contributions from friends of ACOG and its Indigenous health initiatives, supplemented by ACOG's institutional endowment, support the cost of sustaining this annual award process. Please consider contributing to this important work with a donation of your own today.

Past Award Recipients

Many phenomenal health care professionals have been recognized with the Haffner Award. If you are or know someone who demonstrates the outstanding caliber of those already recognized, please consider submitting a nomination.

  • 2022: Jennifer Whitehair, MD, FACOG
  • 2021: Peachie Barton-Daugherty, certified nurse–midwife
  • 2020: Capt. Suzanne England, DNP, certified nurse–midwife
  • 2019: Cdr. Rachel Locker, MD
  • 2018: Glen Y. Kishi, MD, FACOG, obstetrician–gynecologist
  • 2017: Ursula Knoki-Wilson, certified nurse–midwife
  • 2016: Amanda Leib, MD, FACOG, obstetrician–gynecologist
  • 2015: Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, certified nurse–midwife
  • 2014: John S. Condojani, DO, family practitioner
  • 2013: Ann Glasheen, family nurse practitioner
  • 2012: Judith Thierry, DO, pediatrician
  • 2011: Nigel Wappett, MD, FACOG, obstetrician–gynecologist