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Assembly on Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Early Career Achievement Award

2021 Winner - Neeta Thakur, MD, MPH


Dr. Thakur is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a NIH-funded physician-scientist with advance training in clinical research methods, social and molecular epidemiology, and implementation sciences. She completed her undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Arizona, where she also obtained her MPH via a dual degree program. She joined UCSF in 2007 to complete her residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, subsequently joining faculty in 2015. Dr. Thakur’s research program focuses on the short and long-term health effects of multilevel stressors - including racism, childhood adversity and air pollution - within economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color. She has linked multiple data types (biologic, individual, and environmental) to demonstrate that environmental and social risk factors are geo-spatially distributed, disproportionately burden communities of color, and are associated with clinically relevant health outcomes. Dr. Thakur has also developed, and supported programs targeted at increasing access to STEM fields for individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in medicine and science (UIM) at the local and national level. This includes bringing community youth voices to science through youth participatory action research. 


The award will be given to the individual who has made the most outstanding scientific and scholarly contributions relevant to behavioral and social sciences, clinical epidemiology, statistics, health services research, health economics, comparative clinical efficacy and effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, performance measurement, quality improvement, or implementation science. This award is to recognize individuals who have applied these methodologies to lung diseases, critical illness, or sleep disorders early in his or her career, and who have made significant contributions to the BSHSR Assembly and the ATS as a whole. Awardees will be presented with a framed certificate at ATS International Conference.


  • Must be at the Assistant Professor level or at an equivalent rank in a non-academic institution.
  • The nomination package must include a letter from a member of the assembly describing why the award is appropriate 
  • Has not previously received an Early Career ATS Achievement Award
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae must also be included
  • Nominees must be a BSHSR member (primary or secondary membership)


Applicants are scored on 6 criteria using a 1-5 rating system across the following categories; summed scores provide a summary overall score:

  • Scientific and Scholarly Contributions/Products
  • Teaching/Mentoring/Educational Contributions
  • Participation in BSHSR Assembly Activities (Administrative, Committees, Workshops, etc.)
  • Participation in other ATS Activities (Administrative, Committees, Workshops, etc.)
  • Other considerations from recommendations including relevant extenuating circumstances
  • Overall impact/impression of the dossier submitted for award application 

Past Recipients of the Assembly on Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Early Career Achievement Award:

2020 - Curtis Weiss, MD, MS
2019 - Valerie Press, MD, MPH & Meeta Prasad Kerlin, MD, MS
2018 - Laura C. Feemster, MD, MSc
2017 - Minal R. Patel, PhD, MPH
2016 - Michelle Eakin, PhD
2015 - Andrea S. Gershon, MD, MSc
2014 - Renda S. Wiener, MD, MPH
2013 - Colin Cooke, MD, MSc, MS
2012 - Christopher G. Slatore, MD, MS
2011 - Theodore J. Iwashyna, MD, PhD
2010 - Jeremy Kahn, MSc
2009 - Kristin A. Riekert, PhD
2008 - Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD
2007 - Vincent Fan, MD, MPH
2006 - Christopher H. Goss, MD, MSc
2005 - David Au, MD and Michael K. Gould, MD, MS
2004 - Jerry A. Krishnan, MD, PhD
2003 - Lynn B. Gerald, PhD, MSPH