Dr. John P. McGovern was an outstanding allergist, scholar, and philanthropist. He was a member of the AMWA Southwest Chapter since 1961, elected an AMWA Fellow in 1967 and received the association’s highest honor, the Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award, in 1988. He expressed his commitment to excellence in medical writing by establishing the John P. McGovern Award Lectureship for the Southwest Chapter in 1982 and the John P. McGovern Medal, which was first awarded at the AMWA Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada, in 1985.
In many ways, Dr. McGovern resembled the handful of physician-writers who founded AMWA in 1940. Dr. McGovern was the author or coauthor of 252 publications, including 26 books, in the medical sciences, humanities, and health promotion and disease prevention. He has been the editor, the associate editor, or a member of editorial boards of more than 23 scientific journals.
Dr. McGovern has left AMWA an enduring legacy. The members of AMWA have been fortunate indeed to be recipients of his benevolence.
Below are the list of award winners of the John P. McGovern Award Lectureship.