KU Medical Center Alumni Association Alumni Newsletter Spring 2012

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Save the Date: Alumni Reunion Weekend

Alumni Weekend will be October 5-6, 2012 on the KUMC campus. Make plans to join us. Visit the KUMC Alumni website for more information.

KC Summer Reads List

Need something new to read?  KUMC Summer Reads provides a sampling of books recommended for alumni. KUMC faculty, staff and students selected their favorites to keep you turning pages at the beach or just on your front porch. Check out the KUMC Summer Reads list!

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NEWS
School of Health Professions


Students and faculty at the KU Department of Dietetics & Nutrition are partnering with Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc., to teach Wyandotte County, Kan. families healthy eating habits and cooking skills. View the video here.    

School of Medicine

Congratulations to the Medicine Class of 2012! Students celebrated their achievement at the Medical Graduation Dinner sponsored by the KU Medical Alumni Board. View photos from the event here.


School of Medicine-Salina

Learn more about Barbara Lukert, MD'60 -- the namesake for the Lukert Society on the Salina campus. Click here to view the video and learn about the life, career and philosophy of this legendary doctor.

School of Medicine-Wichita

Congratulations to Deborah Haynes, MD'79, on being selected as the 2012 Kansas Family Physician of the Year. Dr. Haynes is the first female recipient of this award, practices in Wichita, and has delivered more than 1,000 babies. Read more.
School of Nursing
The School of Nursing recently graduated 237 students, awarding 134 BSN, 80 master's, 14 doctoral degrees and 9 post-master's certificates. Recognition ceremonies were held at Memorial Hall in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

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Announcing the 2012 Alumni Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2012 Alumni Award Winners! This year’s group of honorees is truly remarkable. They’ve given so much to KUMC, their communities and the health care profession. We have leaders, researchers, innovators, activists, experts and mentors being honored. Each is at the top of their field and it was humbling to hear about their accomplishments – founding the Breast Cancer Prevention Center to creating widely-used software for nurse education, receiving prestigious research grants, advocating for KUMC,  leading the university through NCI designation process and much more.  We’re thrilled to honor all of the Alumni Award Winners and celebrate their achievements during Alumni Reunion Weekend.  We’re so proud to call you our own!

DISTINGUISHED HEALTH PROFESSIONS ALUMNA
Lisa Stehno-Bittel, PT’83, PhD
Professor & Chair
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
University of Kansas Medical Center

HONORARY HEALTH PROFESSIONS ALUMNUS
David Zamierowski, MD
Physician-Inventor
KCI, Kinetic Concepts, Inc.

EARLY CAREER ACHIEVEMENT IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS ALUMNA
Neena Sharma, PT’00, PhD’09
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
University of Kansas Medical Center

DISTINGUISHED MEDICAL ALUMNA
Carol Fabian, MD’72
Director, Breast Cancer Prevention & Survivorship Centers
Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Chair
University Distinguished Professor
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Kansas Medical Center

HONORARY MEDICAL ALUMNA
Barbara Atkinson, MD
Former Executive Vice Chancellor
University of Kansas Medical Center
Former Executive Dean
KU School of Medicine

EARLY CAREER ACHIEVEMENT IN MEDICINE ALUMNUS
K. Allen Greiner, MD’95, MPH’00
Professor and Associate Chair of Research
Department of Family Medicine
University of Kansas Medical Center

DISTINGUISHED NURSING ALUMNA
Jean Giddens, N’81, PhD, FAAN
Professor & Executive Dean, College of Nursing
RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow
University of  New Mexico

HONORARY NURSING ALUMNA
Cheryl Jernigan, CPA, FACHE
Civic Leader & Health Advocate

EARLY CAREER ACHIEVEMENT IN NURSING ALUMNA
Rachel Pepper, RN, MS’09, DNP’12, NEA-BC
Nurse Manager
Transplant and Renal Progressive Care Services
The University of Kansas Hospital


Leadership Change at KUMC

In November 2011, Barbara Atkinson, M.D., announced that she would step out of the role of executive dean of University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Atkinson became dean in 2002 and was named executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2005.

Dr. Atkinson's announcement led to the formation of a search committee, which Edward Ellerbeck, M.D., chair of the department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, agreed to chair. The search committee's objective changed in April 2012, when Dr. Atkinson said she would retire from both positions earlier than planned. At the direction of Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Ph.D., the search committee turned its attention to finding suitable candidates for the position of executive vice chancellor.

In the meantime, Steven Stites, M.D., is acting executive vice chancellor and executive dean. Dr. Stites, the Peter T. Bohan Professor and chair of the department of Internal Medicine has established transition teams in key areas to prepare for new leadership and to ensure that KUMC is ready to meet all challenges.  A list of the transition team members can be found here

Last week, Dr. Stites reported that search committee has conducted telephone interviews with several candidates, both internal and external, and identified additional candidates through postings and the search firm. Committee chair, Dr. Ellerbeck, anticipates the committee will complete its preliminary interviews by the second week of June and hopes to bring prospective candidates to the medical center by early July.  A list of the search committee can be found here.

 

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