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JULY, 2015

Top Doc group photoCongratulations to six of our MD faculty members and trainees for being recognized in the July 2015 TOP DOC issue of HERLIFE Magazine.  The issue targeted only physicians and drew attention to each woman's career, and to how our TOP DOCs train our next generation of TOP DOCs.  WIMS, as exemplified by these six women, is dedicated to being proactive and constructive in establishing and advancing the careers of women, and 2) fostering the professional development of women faculty and trainees in the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions.

                             L-R: Blasi, Fabian, Devin, Zaudke, Howe, Templeton

KUMC WIMS is proud of our TOP DOC colleagues who exemplify our mission: Carol Fabian, MD, a breast medical oncologist and University Distinguished Professor, and Kim Templeton, MD, a professor of orthopedic surgery. Both are nationally recognized surgeons, passionate about their patients and specialties and training the next generation of TOP DOCs. They have long careers at KUMC, hold many titles, and countless distinguished university and national honors, and each extends her teaching to other institutions and service to national organizations. Dr. Templeton was the 2002-04 KUMC-WIMS President, and Dr. Fabian was a panelist for the "Lessons from Legends" session at the WIMS sponsored, Healthcare & Justice Conference August 21, 2015 at the Overland Park Convension Center where almost 400 women and men from seven states attended..

Mid and early career TOP DOCS include: Jana K. Zaudke MD, MA, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, and Erica Howe, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of General and Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Zaudke was instrumental in establishing the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic (IPTC) which, in patient-centered team, brings medical, nursing, and pharmacy and law students together, via our KU Medical-Legal Partnership. Dr. Howe is recognized for developing the Doctors as Educators (DAE) course for KUMC faculty members. She states, "Hands-on leadership training from WIMS has been invaluable, permitting me to hone "people" skills I use in the DAE course.

KUMC trainees include fellows, residents, medical students, and graduate students, like: Laura Blasi, MD, a rising PGY-3 in Pediatrics, and Kirsten Devin, BS, a 4th year medical student pursuing an MBA. Laura is the incoming President of Resident Council with an interest in academic and administrative medicine who plans to practice general pediatrics in under-served Kansas communities. Kirsten received a prestigious Fulbright Research Grant to complete a preventative women's health project in Brazil. She attributes her success to her faculty mentors, who consistently encourage the pursuit of opportunities for a future in healthcare leadership.


Congratulations to Donna Sweet M.D., professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine-Wichita, has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors of HarborPath. Read more here


Congratulations to Jessie Huisinga, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Senior Scientist, Landon Center on Aging for her being recognized by The National Multiple Sclerosis Society when they released a video highlighting her research at the Landon Center on Aging. In a two minute video Dr. Huisinga talks about using motion capture technology and its role in helping people with MS address issues of gait and balance. Watch video.

Congratulations to Kim Templeton, M.D., professor of orthopedic surgery, was selected as the Performance Measure Oversight Chair for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Performance Measure Workgroup. She also received a Group Achievement Award from Johnson Space Center for her work on a project and publication published in the Journal of Women's Health. Read more here


Congratulations to Karen Wambach, PhD, RN, FILCA, Professor, KU School of Nursing, on the publication of the textbook Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th edition. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Learning


Congratulations to Karen Miller, PhD., RN, FAAN, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs at KUMC and Dean of the Schools of Nursing and Health Professions, was honored with the Legacy Award at the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year event. Read more here

Congratulations to Karen Miller, PhD., RN, FAAN, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs at KUMC and Dean of the Schools of Nursing and Health Professions, who was honored with the Distinguished Service and Achievement Award by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. The award was presented to Dean Miller during the association's annual convention in Las Vegas and recognized Dean Miller's many contributions to allied health, nursing and higher education administration.

Congratulations to Janet Pierce Ph.D., APRN, CCRN, FAAN, Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor of Nursing, KU School of Nursing- School of Nursing Educator award from the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year event. Read more here

Congratulations to Dory Sabata, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, SCEM a clinical assistant professor in the School of Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy Education, was inducted as fellow in the American Occupational Therapy Association.  See more here

Congratulations to Phoebe Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, KU School of Nursing -  American Nurses Association, Kansas chapter, 2014 Kansas Nurse of the Year in Research. Read more here


Congratulations to Tiffany Johnson, PhD., Associate Professor in the School of Health Professions, Department of Hearing and Speech, for her Faculty Researcher Award during Faculty Research Day. Read more here

Congratulations to Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for KU School of Nursing graduate programs -  2014 Honorary Nursing Alumna award from the KU Medical Center Alumni Association.  Read more here

AUGUST, 2014

Congratulations to Moya Peterson, PhD, APRN - Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.  Read more here


Congratulations to Christie Befort, PhD, Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center, and WIMS President-Elect on notice of award of a Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI) to study comparative effectiveness of obesity treatment options in rural communities.  Click here to learn more about this $10 million award

Congratulations to Christie Befort, PhD, as one of the recipients of the WIMS scholarship for the  AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar to be held December 6-9, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Congratulations to In-Young Choi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, as one of the recipients of the WIMS scholarship for the  AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar to be held December 6-9, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Congratulations to Paige Geiger, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, our WIMS Community Liaison and past President (2012-2013) for receipt Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine (WiSTEMM) Rising Trend Setter Award in Medicine. WiSTEMM is a Central Exchange initiative designed to spot-light women in the Kansas City area who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. Dr. Geiger received the Rising Trend Setter Award in the Medicine category at the annual WiSTEMM banquet on September 25.  This award recognizes women with less than 20 years experience in their field who have demonstrated significant achievements.


Congratulations to Lauren Aaronson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, School of Nursing, and director of Frontiers: Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, on receiving the School of Medicine Honorary Mentoring Award. This award, given by Executive Dean Robert Simari, M.D. during the School of Medicine Faculty Retreat on August 15, honors a faculty member from outside the School of Medicine "who embodies the spirit of mentoring"!

Congratulations to Tracie Collins, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor, KUSOM, Wichita - Preventive Medicine and Public Health, as she becomes a fellow in the 2014-2015 class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM). This 1-year part-time fellowship at Drexel University focuses on the development of professional and personal skills for women in leadership positions in health care.

Congratulations to Ann Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, as she becomes the sole director of the Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition, a joint Center between the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital.

Congratulations to Paige Geiger, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, our WIMS Community Liaison and past President (2012-2013) for receipt of the Glendon Cox Leadership Award. Dr Geiger received the Glendon Cox Leadership Award during the School of Medicine Retreat on August 15, 2014 . Click here for more information  

JULY, 2014

Congratulations to Nikki Nollen, PhD, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine on receipt of 2 million dollar grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to address tobacco use among African-Americans who do not smoke on a daily basis

Congratulations to Natabhona Mobachi, Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine - Family Medicine, who was awarded the Best Research and Scientific Oral Presentation at the North American Primary Care Research Group's Practice-Based Research Network Conference. Mabachi's presentation was titled "Findings From the Demonstration of the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit."

MAY 2014
Congratulations to Megha Ramaswamy, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of preventive medicine and public health, who will use a $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to examine ways to lower the rates of cervical cancer among incarcerated women. Ramaswamy has done extensive research into why cervical cancer rates are four to five times higher among women in jails or prisons than in women who aren't incarcerated. Click here for further information.



Sarah Taylor MD, Sharon Lewis APRN, and the KUMC International Outreach student group have recently returned from a successful medical mission  to Panama. Since 2008, Dr. Taylor and Sharon have been on medical mission trips to Panama, Belize and Guatemala.  KUDOS to these providers for teaching students and providing  great care to underserved populations around the world!!


Dianne Durham, Ph.D., effective November 1st, will succeed Robert Klein, PhD as the associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development in the School of Medicine.  Dr. Durham has been a strong advocate for WIMS and has participated in many of our events.  Her role as the associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development is vital to the success of the School of Medicine. Dr. Durham will be responsible for ensuring the effective and successful appointment and promotion of faculty members. She will work closely the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the School of Medicine­-Wichita and Dr. Klein's office in Kansas City to help faculty members reach their potential as educators, investigators and clinicians.     


Paige Geiger, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology, has been recognized as one of KU's 2013-2014 Women of Distinction. Dr. Paige Geiger is a KU alumna (Bachelor of Arts, 1995) and an associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology. She earned Association of American Medical Colleges' Early Career and Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Conference scholarships in 2008 and 2012 and served as president of the KU School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science for the 2012-13 year. She will continue to be a regular member of the NIH Integrative Physiology of Obesity and Diabetes Study Section through 2017.


At the Annual WIMS Dinner on  August 22, 2013, Barbara P. Lukert, MD was announced as the Amy O'Brien-Ladner Innovation Award honoree.  The award was named to honor Amy's innovation in beginning and serving as the first KUMC Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) President in 2002, and securing the endowed Joy McCann Professorship during her tenure.  Dr. 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.

Karen L. Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean of the KU School of Health Professions, and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs has been awarded The 2013 Marjorie S. Sirridge, MD Excellence in Medicine and Science Award .  The Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) organization honors Dr. Sirridge each year by presenting this award to deserving women who manifest Dr. Sirridge's ideals. The Sirridge Award acknowledges the contributions and accomplishments of women faculty in the KU School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and the School of Health Professions.   Dr. Miller has over thirty years experience in health care education and administration and is deserving of this prestigious award. 

JULY 2013

Dr. Mary Zimmerman was named the newest recipient of the University of Kansas Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine by Doug Girod, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center and Acting Executive Dean, KU School of Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman's term will run July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016. Dr. Zimmerman is one of four women in the United States who hold the honor of being a Joy McCann Professor in Women in Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman's vision for the McCann professorship is to inspire, advance, and highlight the careers of women faculty at KUMC. McCann visiting speakers will be drawn from distinguished scholars in clinical medicine, basic science and public health related research. Dr. Zimmerman aims to explore additional resources and ideas for professional development for WIMS by utilizing a national network of scholars examining gender and strategies for the advancement of women scientists in higher education and academic medicine. Finally, Dr. Zimmerman plans to shine the McCann Spotlight on KUMC departments, recognizing women faculty members and highlighting a particular KUMC faculty member in that department each month via an e-newsletter.

Two Women Faculty Members at the University of Kansas Medical Center have been selected to receive the 2013 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching award, which recognizes outstanding classroom teaching. Winners were selected by a committee of faculty and students. Congratulations to Kathy Davis, BSE, MSEd, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, who specializes in teaching health care professionals about the educational and psychosocial needs of children with chronic and frequently life-threatening illnesses. And congratulations to Diane Ebbert, PhD, RN, ARNP FNP-BC, assistant professor of nursing, who sees patients in a collaborative clinic that is a model for family medicine residents and medical students, while also teaching multiple courses in the School of Nursing.

 JUNE 2013

Congratulations to WIMS member Sandy Billinger, PT, PhD. and her son, Michael!  They are back in Kansas City after completeing a 23 day, 570 mile walk across the state of Kansas.  They undertook their journey to raise funds to benefit stroke research and bring awareness to a wothwhile cause.  For thier efforts, Dr. Billinger and Michael raised close to $15,000.00!  The official "End of Walk Celebration" took place on Friday, June 7 at 39th and Stateline, next to the medical center. 

Kudos to Carol Fabian, MD, co-leader for the KU Cancer Center's Cancer Program who was recently named the "Komen Kansas City Legacy Promise Award" reciient for 2013. Dr. Fabian directs the Breast Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Centers at the KU Cancer Center where she had her team have conducted numerous early phase prevention trials focusing on reducing breast cancer while improving overall health and quality of life.

May 2013

Congratulations to WIMS member Monica Kyrylo.  Monica has been accepted to participate in the Mid Career, American Psychological (APA) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Leadership Institute.

Congratulations to WIMS member Debra Sullivan for her study: Second life and weight loss.
Research finds Second Life program can help with weight loss and maintenance. A study by Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, used Second Life's three-dimensional, virtual reality environment to study both weight loss and maintenance

April 2013

Congratulations to WIMS members:

  • Kim Templeton, M.D., professor, orthopedic surgery, has been appointed a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Kathy Davis, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and director of KU Kids Healing Place, has been inducted into the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame.

March 2013

Congratulations to WIMS members who are 2013 Alumni Award Recipients:

  • Kathy Davis, BSE, MSEd, Ph.D., received the Distinguished Health Professions Alumna Award
  • Deb Sullivan, Ph.D., RD,  received the Honorary Health Professions Alumna Award
  • Sandy Billinger, PT, MS, Ph.D, FAHA, received the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Alumna Award
  • Janet D. Pierce, DSN, APRN, CCRN, FAAN received the Honorary Nursing Alumna Award
  • Jill Peltzer, N, MS, Ph.D., APRN, CNS, received the Early Career Achievement in Nursing Alumna Award

January 2013

Christine Daley, Ph.D., has been elected to Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Geri Neuberger, RN, MN, EdD, APRN, received the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) President's Award for 2012.

Judith Warren, Ph.D., RN, BC, FAAN, FACMI, has received the 2012 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award.

December 2012

TWO WIMS Executive Council members receive recognition

  • Pam Shaw, M.D., professor of pediatrics, received the Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship at the School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat.

  • Janet Pierce, DSN, APRN has been selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She investigates different pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in human illness, such as hemorrhagic shock and diaphragm fatigue.

November 2012

CupertinoAna Paula Cupertino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, has been named a recipeint of the Carlos F. Cortes Award Humanitarian of the Year award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the traits of volunteering, community service and tireless dedication to the well-being of the Hispanic community. Cupertino is the director of Juntos, which seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge to eliminate health disparities in the underserved Latino communities in Kansas.

Awards and Recognition for Women in Medicine and Science at the University of Kansas, GWIMS Watch, Fall 2012, AAMC GWIMS Quarterly Newsletter

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Wei, MD on publishing her book, A Healthier Wei - Reclaiming Health for Your Misdiagnosed and Overmedicated Child, available in print late November 2012. The book will be available for order online at www.ahealthierwei.com.

August 2012

Rita Clifford, RN, Ph.D., associate dean for community engagement, has been named as one of the Women of Distinction for 2012-2013 by KU's Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center. The award recognizes KU women students, staff, facult, and alumnae for their achievements and contributions to KU and/or the community, serving as role models and challenging gender stereotypes.

Nancy Dunton, Ph.D., FAAN, a research professor with the School of Nursing, has been awarded the Research Mentor Award by the AcademyHealth organization's Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues. The group's mission is to support the development of health services research that focuses on nursing practice, workforce and delivery of care. The award recognizes Dr. Dunton's contributions, as a senior scientist, to the career development of young investigators who are engaged in research focused on interdisciplinary health services research on nursing issues.

Carol Smith, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a professor of nursing, was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau, Int. in Brisbane, Australia, on Aug. 2. You can read more here.

Christie Befort, Ph.D., assistant professor of preventative medicine and public health drew regional attention for her new study which finds that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to be obese than city dwellers. Published in the National Rural Health Association's Fall 2012 Journal of Rural Health, the study indicates that residential location may play an important role in the obesity epidemic.

May 2012

Congratulations to Giulia Bonaminio, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Medical Education. Dr. Bonaminio has been named a fellow by the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. The national leadership program is dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for positions of leadership at academic health centers.

Kudos to Beth Levant, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics! Dr. Levant has received the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching. She was honored at Commencement for her distinguished work in the classroom during the 2011-2012 academic year.

March 2012

KUDOS to Lyndsey Kilgore, a second year medical student, who received the Hagen Award to work with Women in Medicine and Science to create an annual Medical and Science Career Fair for high school and college students. The goal of the career fair will be to allow female high school seniors and college freshmen the opportunity to come to KUMC and learn about ALL of the opportunities that are offered in the various medical, professional and science programs. Lyndsey's goal is to make the career fair an annual event to help empower future female leaders in medicine and science in Kansas and across the country.

February 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Susan K. Pingleton, who is the Joy McCann Professor of Women in Medicine and Science and the Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine (FHWIM) has appointed Dr. Pingleton to their Board of Trustees. The Foundation's mission is to promote the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences on a national and international level.

Julie Wei, MD, associate professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, was awarded the George L. Adams, MD Young Faculty Award by the Middle Section of the Triological Society. She was recognized at the Annual Combined Sections Meeting of this society in Miami Beach, Florida in January of 2012. This award is given to an academic physician in honor of Dr. George Adams, former chair of otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wei's award citation reads: "In recognition of excellence in research, clinical care, and teaching - this honor was created to perpetuate the ideals of the great clinician, teacher, and mentor for whom it was named and to bestow upon a worthy recipient the responsibility of furthering the highest standards of perfection in the study, teaching, and practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery." This award is given to a faculty who is an active fellow of the society and must be younger than 45 years of age. Active fellowship in the Triological Society brings the distinction of being elected to the most prestigious society in Otolaryngology, and is achieved by presenting a thesis in the field of otolaryngology considered acceptable for a panel of peers. At this meeting Dr. Julie Wei presented her research thesis, "The Safety and Efficacy of Once Daily Nasal Irrigation for the Treatment of Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis", which won the "With Distinction" Award from this Society.

Established by the WIMS Recognition Committee on October 1, 2010, this page is dedicated to publicize our kudos and express our congratulations to female faculty colleagues as they achieve academic career success along their career journey. Please help be our eyes and contact any member of the recognition committee with your suggestion of others who deserve to be recognized. Kudos will not be limited to only those who receive an award.

The associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development is vital to the success of the School of Medicine. Dr. Durham will be responsible for ensuring the effective and successful appointment and promotion of faculty members. She will work closely the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the School of Medicine­-Wichita and Dr. Klein's office in Kansas City to help faculty members reach their potential as educators, investigators and clinicians.

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