2023 Awards

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Distinguished Advocacy Service Award

2019 Awards

Asia Game Changer West Award, Asia Society Northern California

2018 Awards

Ron Smith Legacy Award, SF Hep B Free- Bay Area

2015 Awards

Christopher NH Jenkins Cancer Control Award, Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness

2014 Awards

Leadership in Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment, The White House, Washington DC

Dr. Ronald P. Bangasser Immunization Leadership Award, California Immunization Coalition

2011 Awards

Outstanding Individual of the Year, Asian American Women Alliance, Santa Clara, California

2010 Awards

Outstanding World Chinese Award, Hong Kong

Excellence in Partnering-Domestic, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, CDC

Asian American Achievement Award, Organization of Chinese Americans, San Mateo, CA

Outstanding American by Choice Award, US Citizenship and Immigration Services

CDC and ATSDR Honor Award for mobilizing people and resources in ways that have changed global public health policies related to hepatitis B

  • Dr. Samuel So accepted the CDC and ATSDR Honor Award Excellence in Partnering on behalf of the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University on September 14, 2010. The award was submitted by the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention and recognizes the Asian Liver Center for its work for mobilizing people and resources in ways that have changed global public health policies related to hepatitis B.
  • The Asian Liver Center and CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis received the 2010 Commitment to Excellence in Partnering - Domestic for mobilizing people and resources in ways that have changed global public health policies related to hepatitis B.

2009 Awards

Jade Ribbon Award for international contributions in the fight against hepatitis B, China

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in Science, Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus, California State Legislature

  • Dr. Samuel So received the 2009 API Heritage Award presented by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Institute.

2008 Awards

Fervent Global Love of Lives Award, Chou-Ta Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, Taiwan:

  • Dr. Samuel So was awarded the Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal by the Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural & Educational Foundation in Taiwan. 


American Liver Foundation Salute to Excellence Award:

  • On March 1, 2008, the American Liver Foundation recognized Dr. Samuel So at its 10th Annual Salute to Excellence, honoring those who have made an outstanding contribution to biotechnology and medical innovation. The American Liver Foundation is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for liver health promotion and disease prevention.

2007 Awards

Chinese Hospital Annual Award, San Francisco

Star Award for Community Service, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, San Jose

  • Many of the Bay Area's leaders in health, medicine, and the Asian community came together on November 2, 2007 to honor Dr. Samuel So as the award recipient at the 34th Annual Banquet of the Chinese Hospital Medical Staff for distinguished achievement in medical science and outstanding contribution to the community. 
  • On May 23, 2007, Dr. Samuel So was presented with the Community Star Award by the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) for his excellence in the field of medicine. Each year, AACI presents Community Star Awards to exceptional heroes who embody leadership through community service and advocacy. Dr. So was one of three Community Star honorees.

2005 Awards

2005 National Leadership Award, New York University Center for Asian American Health

  • On September 23, 2005, New York University's Center for the Study of Asian American Health presented Dr. Samuel So with the National Leadership Award at its Second Annual Asian American Health Conference. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding initiative, strong impact of work, and significant contribution to improving health status in the Asian American community. Dr. So was honored for his collaboration with congressmen and policy makers in creating an HBV bill that was introduced to members of the U.S. Congress in December 2005. 

    In June 2005, the Asian Liver Center presented Dr. C.J. Huang with the Founder's Award during the celebration of his 90th birthday in recognition and gratitude for his generous support of the Center's programs and operations. In 1996, Dr. Huang planted the seeds for the Asian Liver Center with his donation of $50,000. As we reflect on the Asian Liver Center's growth over the past ten years, we are so grateful to Dr. Huang for his vision and continued support, and cherish him as a founding member of the Asian Liver Center family. 

    The Asian Liver Center was honored to recognize Mr. Walter Kwok and the Kwok Family Foundation with the 2005 Humanitarian Award. The Kwok Foundation has graciously donated to our catch-up vaccination program in China. Their contribution has allowed the Asian Liver Center to provide free hepatitis B vaccinations and educational materials for approximately 1,200,000 students in their hometown of Zhongshan. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Kwok and 'Mother' Kwok's generous support, we are making substantial progress in the elimination of hepatitis B worldwide.

2004 Awards

Profile of Excellence Award, ABC 7 Television, San Francisco

Local Hero of the Year Award, KQED Public Radio and Television, San Francisco

Community Hero Award, World Journal Chinese Newspaper

2003 Awards

Stanford University Asian Faculty Award

Ally Award, San Francisco

Santiago Ramon y Cajal Award for Outstanding Research in Minority Health, National Minority Health Month, Washington, DC

2002 Awards

Commendation from the City and County of San Francisco for spearheading education, outreach and advocacy to spread awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer prevention

2001 Awards

Distinguished Asian Leadership Award, Asian Business League of San Francisco

2000 Awards

Distinguished Physician Award, Chinese American Physicians Society

Recognition by Legislators

July 2011 - President Barack Obama recognizes the burden of viral hepatitis in the United States and officially proclaims July 28 as World Hepatitis Day. Read the Presidential Proclamation

 2009 - President Barack Obama recognizes World Hepatitis Day and commends the efforts of those who continue the fight by uniting together against viral hepatitis and liver cancer. View Message from the White House   

May 2009 - May 19th was World Hepatitis Day and to promote awareness of hepatitis B, the 15 highly motivated members of the Jade Ribbon Youth Council (JRYC) convinced 22 Bay Area cities to declare the 3rd week of May as "Hepatitis B Awareness Week." The JRYC was recognized on May 19th for their efforts by the City of San Jose and Mayor Chuck Reed to coincide with World Hepatitis Day.

2007 - Dr. So received special congressional recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community sponsored by Michael Honda and Anna G. Eshoo, members of Congress. 

2007 - Dr. So was commended in recognition of exemplary leadership at the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, and outstanding dedication and commitment to the health of the community by Liz Kniss, Supervisor of Santa Clara County.

2007 - Dr. So was recognized for exemplary leadership and commitment as founder and director of the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University to address the high incidence of hepatitis B and liver cancer in the APIA community, and to eradicate cultural and ethnic disparities in health care access, service delivery and disease prevention by Betty T. Yee, California State Board of Equalization.

May 14-20, 2006 - Hepatitis B Awareness Week in San Francisco, proclaimed by Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the city and county of San Francisco.

2005 - Asian Liver Center and Dr. So were recognized for dedicated service to the families and communities affected by hepatitis B. Commendation for the Center's work to promote heightened awareness about hepatitis B in San Francisco's Asian Pacific American community by Mark Leno, California Assemblyman.