The Presidential Citation was presented to Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, MPH, Madison. The award was established in 1959 to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to medicine and to the public’s health.
Dr. Westergaard is the current Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, Division of Public Health, at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Dr. Westergaard has been honored for his leadership in addressing the pandemic of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, exhibited by his communication with both Public Health Agencies and physicians, keeping them abreast of the most current scientific evidence, guidance and resources.
Christine Sinsky, MD (2020); Robert Jaeger, MD (2019); Alan Schwartzstein, MD (2018); Attorney General Brad Schimel (2017); U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan and Clarence Chou, MD (2016); U.S Congressman Ron Kind and Tom Jackson, MD (2015); U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble (2014); Sara Finger (2013); Thomas Lewandowski, MD and Anthony DeFranco, MD (2012); Cyril (Kim) Hetsko, MD (2011); Phillip Farrell, MD (2010); T. Michael Bolger (2009); Thomas C. Meyer, MD (2008); Helene Nelson (2007); Paul Wertsch, MD (2006); Raymond Zastrow, MD (2005); DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson (2004); Kermit L. Newcomer, MD (2003); Congressman Tom Barrett (2002); John Chapin (2001); Pauline Jackson, MD (2000); Phil Dougherty, MD (1999); Attorney General James Doyle (1998); State Representative Sheldon Wasserman, MD (1997); Sue Ann Thompson (1996); the Wausau Boy Scout Troop 465, Student Peer Mediation Council-James Madison Memorial High School, Viroqua High School, Students Against Violence of Milwaukee, Positive Youth Development (1995); Patricia Stuff, MD (1994), Kevin Fullin, MD and Patty Fullin (1993); and Thomas Schlenker, MD (1992).