About Barbara P. Lukert, M.D.
Barbara P. Lukert, M.D., born in Sabetha, Kansas, is a graduate of the University of Kansas (B.A., 1956) and the University of Kansas Medical Center (M.D., 1960).
Lukert's distinguished career has spanned five decades at KU Medical Center, beginning with her residency (1961-63). She joined the Department of Medicine faculty in 1965 and served as the Mary F. Roberts Distinguished Chair in Nutrition for 30 years (1975-2005). She also has served as Director of the Osteoporosis Clinic, the Metabolic Laboratory and as Medical Director of the Medicine Outpatient Clinic.
Admitted to medical school, Lukert found herself in a class with just four other women. "It was quite different from today," she says.
During her career, Lukert has received numerous honors. She has been a lead or co-author on 96 full-length manuscripts and written 11 books or book chapters. She served as president of the Wyandotte County Medical Society. She was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. She has won the Department of Medicine's Distinguished Service Award, the Chancellor's Teaching Award and the American College of Physicians' Laureat Award.
Lukert's mentees describe her as a role model for physicians and teachers alike, which is exemplified in Lukert's advice to students: "Always keep the patient as the main thing. With all of our technology, it's easy to forget that this is a person who is going through cares, worries, pain."