Amy O’Brien-Ladner MD Innovation Award

Amy O'Brien-Ladner

Amy O'Brien-Ladner, MD Innovation Award
Health Professions - Medicine - Nursing

The Amy O'Brien-Ladner, MD Innovation Award's purpose is to acknowledge women faculty in the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions whose innovation improves the environment for women in the professions of women in medicine and science on the KUMC campus. 

The candidate must exhibit evidence of: 

  • Professional excellence in the individual's career
  • An innovation initiative to influence change regarding the careers of women faculty on the KUMC campus
  • Involvement in WIMS programs and initiatives (preferred)  

Women faculty members in the KU School of Medicine, Nursing or Health Professions. 


To self-nominate or to nominate a well deserving colleague or health care professional, please return the following required information:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Nominee's current curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation - recommendation letters are essential to the selection process (the most effective letters will address each criteria listed above) 

NOTE:  Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the WIMS Recognition Committee.  

Submit all awards materials to:

The Amy O'Brien-Ladner Innovation Award was named to honor Amy's innovation in beginning and serving as the first KUMC WIMS President in 2002, and for securing the endowed Joy McCann Professorship during her tenure. It was her innovation that set in motion a structure that would impact a positive change for years to come. 

Amy O'Brien-Ladner, MD, is a Professor and Acting Chair in the Department of Internal Medicine who also currently serves as their Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine Director. She is an active mentor and role model for men and women and was also instrumental in helping to create her department's faculty mentoring program. In addition to her many accomplishments, Dr. O'Brien-Ladner places a high value on family life and believes women can achieve great things without sacrificing their personal or family life.

At the WIMS Annual Dinner on August 16, 2012, Dr. O'Brien-Ladner was presented with a crystal bowl to commemorate the award in her honor. Dr. Susan Pingleton made the presentation. The inscription reads, "The Amy O'Brien-Ladner, MD Award for Innovation was established in 2012 by the Joy McCann Professorship to honor and recognize Dr. Lander's extraordinary innovation that has positively change our culture."

Last modified: Mar 28, 2017
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