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Ken Shine Prize Lecture

The Ken Shine Prize Lecture features the winner of the Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership, awarded to a person who has made significant leadership advancements in health.

Kathleen Dracup receiving the Ken Shine Prize award, a small bronze statue.​

​Kathleen Dracup (center) receiving the Ken Shine Prize award, a small bronze reproduction of Seymour Lipton’s sculpture​ Pioneer.​

The annual prize and lecture are made possible by the Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Excellence Fund in Health Leadership, endowed in 2016 in honor of the former executive vice chancellor for health affairs of The University of Texas System.

As the result of a partnership between the university and the Estate of Seymour Lipton, awardees receive a small bronze reproduction of Seymour Lipton’s sculpture Pioneer. The original full-scale sculpture is exhibited at the Health Learning Building on Dell Med’s campus.

2021 Honoree: Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

Anthony Fauci holding his Ken Shine prize award.

Photo courtesy of NIAID/NIH

Awarded to leaders who make significant advancements in health, the annual Ken Shine Prize brings us closer to visionaries in health, and that’s particularly true this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in countless ways that we’re just beginning to realize. Few people have the combination of experience, access and insight to understand that better than this year’s Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership honoree: Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

During the virtual event, Fauci and Dell Medical School Dean Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., discussed what comes after the COVID-19 pandemic: What have we learned? How can we sustain motivation for preparedness in non-pandemic times? How can we restore the public’s faith in science and protect our scientific branches of government from politicization? And much more.

Watch the Discussion

Past Honorees

2020: Kathleen Dracup, RN, Ph.D., FAAN

“Interprofessional Collaboration in Practice: A Personal Journey”


Carolyn Clancy, M.D.

“Veterans Health Administration’s New Innovation Center: Testing Novel Payment and Delivery Approaches”


Steven Schroeder, M.D.

“Trying to Improve Health and Health Care — Twists and Turns Along a Winding Road”


Donald Berwick, M.D., MPP

“You Cannot Give What You Do Not Have: Exploring Self-Care in the New Health Care System”