Jonathan A. Showstack Career Advancement Award in Health Policy/Health Services Research

Jon Showstack
Jonathan A. Showstack, PhD

Call for Nominations

Rolling Deadline: Nominations accepted at any time

The Jonathan A. Showstack Career Advancement Award in Health Policy/Health Services Research is sponsored by the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. The award provides up to $10,000 to enable post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty to pursue educational and other opportunities that will help shape and advance their careers.


  • UCSF trainee, post-doctoral fellow or faculty member at Assistant Professor level (any series).
  • Involvement in health policy and/or health services research.
  • Relevance of proposed activity to the advancement of trainee’s/fellow’s/faculty member’s career.
  • Collaboration or mentorship by an IHPS core or affiliate faculty member is encouraged.

  • Self-nominations are encouraged.
  • Nomination should include a 1-page statement from the nominee detailing the amount requested and proposed use of funds.
  • Collaborating/mentoring IHPS core or affiliate faculty member should indicate their concurrence by signing the statement or via a separate email.
  • For nominees not currently collaborating/mentoring with IHPS faculty, the committee may identify a potential faculty member at IHPS to serve in this role.

Submit nomination as an email attachment to:

Professor Claire D. Brindis, DrPH
Chair, Showstack Award Selection Committee
[email protected]

Notification of Awards

Awardees will be notified within 2 weeks following the submission of materials.

Other Information

Nominees will be asked to provide a 1-2 page report 6 months after receipt of the award, describing how funds were used and the outcomes of the support.
For questions or additional information, please contact [email protected]

About Jon Showstack

Jonathan Showstack, PhD, MPH, joined the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies in 1976. He was instrumental in building the science of health policy and health services research and in the development of the Institute as a world leader in health policy/health services research. During his over 30-year tenure at IHPS, he was an active collaborator and mentor to many individuals who have since developed successful careers in health policy and health services research.

While at IHPS, Dr. Showstack’s research focused on evaluating the relationships among organizational characteristics, costs, clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction; the impact of policies related to undergraduate and graduate health professions education; strategic planning in health care organizations; and the assessment of medical interventions and technologies. In 2006, he became Co-Chief Information Officer of UCSF’s Office of Academic and Administrative Information Systems, and was responsible for directing the development and implementation of strategic educational and research information system initiatives.

Dr. Showstack retired in 2009 from UCSF full-time faculty status. He continues to be involved as a researcher and mentor in IHPS as UCSF Professor Emeritus.

About the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

The Institute was founded by Philip R. Lee, MD, in 1972 as the Health Policy Program within the UCSF School of Medicine with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and UCSF. The Health Policy Program was the first in the nation to bring together a multidisciplinary group of faculty (including medicine, law, ethics, and pharmacology, sociology, and other disciplines) committed to creating an innovative health policy and health services research unit on the campus of a major academic health sciences center. Dr. Claire Brindis is the Institute’s Director.

In 1981, the Board of Regents of the University of California designated the Institute for Health Policy Studies as an Organized Research Unit within the UCSF School of Medicine, significantly strengthening the Institute’s ability to collaborate with departments and schools on the UCSF and other University of California campuses. In September 2007, in Dr. Lee's honor, the Institute was renamed The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

Today the Institute is one of the nation’s premier centers for health policy and health services research. Faculty in the Institute conduct research on the health care system and health care reform, child health, adolescent health, reproductive health, chronic illness, work and health, HIV/AIDS, prescription drug policies, substance abuse, research integrity, and biomedical communications. The Institute has more than 100 faculty, research and administrative staff, and fellows. Institute faculty have appointments in departments within the UCSF Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and faculty and research staff include physicians, health services researchers, policy analysts, psychologists, political scientists, health economists, sociologists, anthropologists, epidemiologists, pharmacologists, administrators, and public health disciplines.