On September 28, 2012, the Institute for Technology Assessment celebrated its 15th anniversary with a reception at the Paul S. Russell, MD, Museum of Medical History and Innovation. Drs. Slavin, Thrall and Gazelle warmly addressed the attendees. The Elkan Halpern ITA Career Achievement Award was presented to Pamela McMahon, PhD. Dr. McMahon joined the group as a research assistant in 1998, trained as a fellow from 2002-2006, completed her PhD and joined as a faculty member in 2006. She is currently an Associate Director of the ITA. She was promoted to Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in 2008 and currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the CISNET Lung Cancer Coordinating Center that is housed at the ITA.