The Columbia Hospital For Women was an historic institution in Washington DC and a major women’s hospital from 1866 until its closing in  2002 (see

Prior to its closing funds were obtained to support research and a research foundation was established. After the hospital closed, a board of directors was established to perpetuate the research vision.

The mission of the foundation is to recognize the study or studies deemed to have the most impact in the field of breast or obstetrical and gynecologic disorders published in a given calendar year. Members of the Board nominate publications and then vote. The title of the winning publication(s) and its authors are posted on this website. In addition, in recognition of the authors and their accomplishment, the research foundation sends a donation in their honor to a non-profit organization devoted to research in women’s health.