Vassar College President Elizabeth H. Bradley Named 2018 Recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research

ARLINGTON, Va., April 9, 2018—Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD, President of Vassar College, has been named the 2018 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. The Prize, awarded by The Baxter International Foundation and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), will be presented on Thursday, June 14, 2018, during the AUPHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Prize, which has been awarded since 1986, recognizes the contributions of health services researchers who have had a significant impact on the health of the public in one of three primary focus areas: health services management, health policy development, and healthcare delivery. An independent committee of past winners, distinguished academics, and internationally recognized researchers selects the recipient each year.

“Members of the Graham Prize Selection Committee were excited about the significant sustained contributions at the international and national levels that President Bradley has accomplished throughout her career,” said Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University and Graham Prize Selection Committee chair. “Throughout the numerous phases of her career, she has been committed to improving the way that healthcare and health is delivered and experienced by people all around the world.  We all are grateful that the Graham Prize exists to honor someone with the professional contributions of Elizabeth Bradley.”

Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD, was named the 11th President of Vassar College in July 2017. Prior to this position, she was the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale University. She is renowned internationally for her work on large-scale health system strengthening efforts within the US and abroad including in China, Ethiopia, Liberia, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom. Professor Bradley has published more nearly 300 peer-reviewed papers and has co-authored three books including “The American Healthcare Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less.” President Bradley was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and has a BA from Harvard, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from Yale University.

“I am thrilled by this honor,” Bradley said. “Previous winners have been tremendous inspirations to me throughout my career, and I hope some of my work will be useful to those who come after me.”

About the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research

Since 1986, The Baxter International Foundation and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration have awarded the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research to recognize researchers who have made major contributions to the health of the public through innovative research in health services. The Prize honors the late William B. Graham, longtime chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc., and is internationally regarded as the premier recognition for individuals conducting health services research. The Prize includes an award of $25,000 to the individual and $25,000 to a non-profit institution that supports the winner’s work. Past recipients have included David Blumenthal, MD; John Iglehart, and Uwe Reinhardt, PhD.

About the Prize Sponsors

Baxter and Baxter International Foundation are committed to saving and sustaining lives and creating healthier communities. Every day, Baxter employees strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who depend on Baxter products, and in the communities where employees live and work. The company focuses on three core areas including improving access to healthcare; fostering tomorrow’s innovation and serving its communities. Baxter works closely with public and private partners around the world to ensure people have access to the healthcare they need, to develop the next generation of innovators who will lead the way in advancing care, and to create long-lasting impact in Baxter’s communities. Baxter International Foundation supports initiatives and organizations that make a positive, lasting impact on increasing access to healthcare for the disadvantaged and underserved. For more information, visit

AUPHA is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals, and organizations dedicated to the improvement of healthcare delivery through excellence in healthcare management and policy education. Its mission is to foster excellence and innovation in health management and policy education, and scholarship. It is the only non-profit entity of its kind that works to improve the delivery of health services—and thus the health of citizens—throughout the world by educating professional managers at the entry level. AUPHA’s membership includes the premier baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in health administration education in the United States, Canada, and around the world. For more information, please visit