This prestigious award is presented on behalf of the Society to an individual whose professional achievements have fostered and enriched the development of various human genetics disciplines. Potential recipients should exemplify the enduring leadership and vision required to ensure that the field of human genetics will flourish and successfully assimilate into the broader context of science, medicine, and health. They also may have made major contributions to awareness or understanding of human genetics by policy makers or by the general public. Annually, members of the ASHG Board of Directors nominate and select this award recipient, who is notified in late summer prior to announcement. The awardee will receive a plaque and a monetary award of $10,000 at the Society’s Annual Meeting and it is customary to publish a manuscript of the presentation in The American Journal of Human Genetics. Formerly known as the Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award.