Global Humanitarian Award

The ACR Foundation Global Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations and programs working to improve access to and equitable delivery of quality radiological services in low- and middle-income countries and in areas of need within more developed nations.

The World Health Organization estimates that half of the world’s population lacks access to radiological services. Additionally, the challenges of health equity within any country may lead to higher mortality and morbidity rates that could be ameliorated with greater access to quality radiological care. The ACRF works with volunteer radiologists, organizations, industry representatives and allied health workers to improve access to quality radiological services in areas of need.


Awards may be given in one of three distinct award categories:

  • Individual radiologists
  • Organization, including non-profit and industry groups
  • Non-radiologists, including medical physicists, radiologic technologists, ultrasonographers and other radiological personnel

How to Apply

Award recipients may be self-nominated or nominated by a peer no later than August 31.

  1. Nominations must be submitted on the ACRF Global Humanitarian Award Application.
  2. Include at least two letters of support from:
    • A colleague and/or collaborating organization in support of the nominee’s work
    • The entity (e.g., facility, organization or patient group) impacted as a result of the nominee’s work 

Letters should be signed on letterhead and no longer than one page. If you have assisted multiple organizations or countries, please make sure the submitter combines the information. Please note that short videos or newsletters are acceptable in lieu of a specific letter.

Send letters of support and any supplemental materials (described on the application) to Meredith Amos.

Award Selection

A committee of the ACR Foundation will review nominations and make recommendations to the ACRF Board for final approval. Nominees will be notified in early February.

Responsibilities of Award Winners

In addition to recognizing these outstanding individuals, organizations and programs, the ACR Foundation hopes this program will further encourage volunteer outreach efforts to improve patient care in underserved areas and will provide a forum for sharing successful approaches to improving radiological care in underserved areas.

The ACRF Global Humanitarian Award is a high honor that recognizes not only exemplary service but also the high ideals embodied in the award. Individuals or organizations shall comply with the ACR Code of Ethics and/or its intent and have the requisite character, humility and collaborative spirit to inspire others to serve and, where appropriate, encourage groups or individuals to work collectively for the advancement of improved radiological care abroad.

ACRF Global Humanitarian Award Recipients

2024 Winners

Boyd N. Hatton, MD

2022 Winners

2021 Winners

2020 Winners

2019 Winners

Richard N. Hirsh, MD, FACR


2018 Winners

Michael T. Nelson, MD, FACR

Read the JACR


The award-winning Journal of the American College of Radiology focuses on issues relating to clinical practice, practice management, health services and policy, and education and training.

Access JACR

ACR Bulletin


Stay up-to-date on current research, technology, advocacy, and ACR products and services. 

Read the Bulletin