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Awards and Recognition

Patricia T. Meador Leadership Award Eligibility Requirements

Established by the Fraud and Abuse Practice Group in tribute to their distinguished colleague and AHLA Fellow, the late Patrica T. Meador.  This Award is given annually in special recognition of Ms. Meador's many years of outstanding contribution and exemplary leadership to the national health law bar.

+Patricia T. Meador Leadership Award Recipients

Award Nomination Criteria:   

  • Shows a high level of commitment to fraud and compliance education within AHLA’s Fraud and Abuse Practice Group
  • Actively mentors AHLA members who focus on fraud and compliance 
  • Maintains a commitment to fraud and compliance activities and efforts have made a positive impact on AHLA members
  • Advocates innovative approaches to ensure the highest level of fraud and compliance education 

Nomination Process  

Anyone may nominate an individual for this award and self-nominations are accepted. Any member who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to the education and mentoring of those who focus on fraud and compliance matters are eligible for nomination, consideration, and selection. Past winners and current Board members are not eligible to receive the award.

Judging Panel  

A dedicated judging panel composed of up to two past or current leaders from the Fraud and Abuse Practice Group (with one serving as the Chair), the previous year’s winner of the Award, and up to four additional members are appointed to review the nominations and select the winner. An individual appointed to serve on the judging panel is not eligible to be considered for the Award while they serve on the panel.  

About Patricia T. Meador

Patricia T. Meador was nationally recognized as a leader in health law and was a partner at K&L Gates. Patricia received her B.S.N. summa cum laude at Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and earned an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina.

She served as medical center legal counsel for Duke University and was a partner at Bass Berry and Sims in Nashville, TN. A member of the Bar Association in both North Carolina and Tennessee, Patricia represented a broad spectrum of health care clients, with a focus on health care regulatory, compliance and operational issues. She advised hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, specialty physician groups, and other ancillary health care providers.

Patricia served as Chair and Vice Chair of AHLA’s Academic Medical Centers Practice Group and was selected as a Fellow of the American Health Law Association in 2007. She was named to the North Carolina Super Lawyers, and was listed as a Best Lawyer in America, Health Care Law, and among the Top 50 Women in Health Care Law.


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