Shimberg Lectures

Dr. Benjamin Shimberg, widely considered the “father” of accountability in professional and occupational licensing, was the first chair of CAC’s Board of Directors until his death in September 2003.  The Board named Ben Chairman Emeritus of CAC and created an annual Ben Shimberg Public Service Award.  Each year, the Board asks the award recipient to deliver a lecture.

For the first time, the recipient of the Ben Shimberg Public Service Award will be an organization instead of an individual.  Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber will accept the award on behalf of the recipient, ProPublica, and they will deliver the Shimberg lecture.

Past recipients of the award were: 


Kathy Apple, CEO, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)


Paul Grace, President and CEO, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy


Catherine Dower, Associate Director for Research, Center for the Health Professions, UCSF


Art Levin, Director, Center for Medical Consumers


Sidney Wolfe, Director, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.


Polly Johnson, former Executive Director of the North Carolina Board of Nursing.


Barbara Safriet, former Public Member on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.


John Rother, former Policy and Strategy Director for AARP.


Julie D’Angelo Fellmeth, Administrative Director, Center for Public Interest Law, University of San Diego School of Law, and former Enforcement Monitor for the Medical Board of California.


Mark Yessian, Former Regional Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections, Boston Region, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

All of the above lectures can be accessed here: Ben Shimberg Memorial Lectures