Auburn University College of Human Sciences Announces 2019 International Quality of Life Award Honorees

Charlotte Tuggle | Communications Editor

The 26th Annual International Quality of Life Awards will be presented to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and noted orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in New York City on December 9, according to an announcement by the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University.

For the past 25 years, the AU College of Human Sciences has sponsored the prestigious International Quality of Life Awards (IQLA), honoring people, partnerships and organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, TN, is the 2019 IQLA Laureate while Dr. Andrews is the recipient of the IQLA Lifetime Achievement Award.

“All IQLA laureates and lifetime achievement honorees, regardless of background, have distinguished themselves professionally and demonstrate a strong commitment to empowerment through public policy, education, the arts and other initiatives to enhance quality of life,” said Dr. Susan Hubbard, dean of the College of Human Sciences. “The 2019 honorees certainly meet and exceed these qualities and we look forward to making the official presentation in New York this December.

One of the primary goals of IQLA is to inspire students by exposing them to industry leaders who prioritize giving back through their work. The select group of Auburn University students participating in the IQLA New York Study Tour will also join the ceremony as IQLA Ambassadors. This year’s honorees are especially inspiring for the College of Human Sciences’ pre-health students, as both are renowned for their work in the medical field.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is being honored for its contributions to humanity’s overall health and well-being. St. Jude advances the search for cures and preventative measures of childhood cancer and other life-threatening pediatric diseases. The organization’s research into childhood cancer has helped increase the survival rate of the disease by more than 60 percent. St. Jude also shares its discoveries with doctors and scientists worldwide, so that their life-saving knowledge can be disseminated around the globe.

James Andrews, M.D. is renowned globally for his scientific and clinical research contributions to knee, shoulder and elbow injury prevention and treatment. Andrews serves as the medical director and orthopaedic surgeon for Auburn University’s Intercollegiate Athletics and as the senior orthopaedic consultant at the University of Alabama, the Washington Redskins and is the orthopaedic medical director for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.

Previous years’ IQLA events have been conducted at the United Nations but a recent change in UN policy has discontinued all evening functions. This year’s black tie event will be held at the historic Lotte New York Palace. For ticket and table information, visit or email