The Amy O'Brien-Ladner Innovation 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 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. This distinguished award was initiated by and initially sponsored by the Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine & Science. Today, this distinguished award is sponsored in full by the University of Kansas Medical Center Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS). The 2015 honoree was selected by the Joy McCann Professor and the WIMS recognition committee.
KU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) was formally organized within the School of Medicine in 2002 to provide women physicians with the tools and the opportunity to succeed in academic medicine. During the WIMS "founding years," 1999-2002, the founding president, Amy O'Brien-Ladner, MD put forth effort to create and establish the organization while she served as the American Medical Women's' Association (AMWA) faculty advisor. Dr. O'Brien-Ladner assumed the role of WIM president in 2002, ending her term in 2004. Simultaneously, during her term as president, Dr. O'Brien-Ladner also served as a member of the AAMC Women's Leadership Organization (WLO). In 2002, Dr. O'Brien-Ladner entitled the organization Women in Medicine (WIM) which was aimed solely at supporting women physicians in the School of Medicine. The name was later changed to WIMS, adding the "S" for science to include women faculty colleagues in the basic sciences.
In addition to founding what today is called WIMS, Dr. Ladner was instrumental in acquiring the endowed gift for the Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine and Science, given December 12, 2002, from the Joy McCann Foundation. Today, there are only four professorships in the United States. Dr. O'Brien-Ladner gave two national presentations regarding the acquisition of the McCann endowment:
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.
More details of Dr. O'Brien-Ladner's career are available on her bio page.
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."
To acknowledge women faculty in the KU School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and the School of Health Professions whose innovation in any area (e.g. clinical, educational, science, etc.) improves the environment for women in the professions of medicine and science on the KUMC campus. The award honors Dr. O-Brien-Ladner and is presented to to deserving women faculty who demonstrate Dr. O'Brien-Ladner's innovative initiative to influence change. It is given each year at the annual WIMS Awards Dinner in August. The award was created August 16, 2012 by the Joy McCann Professorship.
Female faculty in the KU School of Medicine, School of Nursing, or School of Health Professions
Self-nomination or nomination by KUMC colleague.
The award winner will be a guest at the annual WIMS Awards Dinner in August to receive their award.
|2015||Carol Fabian, MD, Professor of Medicine; University Distinguished Professor|
|2014||Jo Halverson, Director, Office of Faculty Affairs and Development|
|2013||Barbara Lukert, MD, Professor Emeritus|
|2012||Amy O'Brien-Ladner, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Chair, Department of Internal Medicine|