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Alumni Notes

Here are some of the recent notable accomplishments from KU School of Medicine alumni.

A grad cap with a KU Jayhawk tassel
A KU School of Medicine graduate.

Sherman M. Steinzeig, MD’52, R’57, was recently honored with a Legacy Award from the Kansas chapter of the American College of Cardiology. This award was given for his distinguished contributions in the advancement of Cardiovascular Medicine. Congratulations, Dr. Steinzeig!

Alan M. Poisner, MD’60, was recognized as Racewalker of the Year in his age division (80-84). He previously had won racewalker of the year in 2011 and 2015. This was based on his Gold Medal wins at the USATF National Indoor in Albuquerque (one mile and 3000 meters) and the National Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge (5000 meters and 10K). He was also recognized for setting a new national record in the Indoor one-mile racewalk. In addition, he also won Gold medals at the National Senior Games in Birmingham (1500 meters and 5K) and the World Masters Games in Auckland, NZ (1500 meters and 3000 meters).

Richard Hellman, MD’69, R’71, F’73, FACP, FACE, was honored by the Kansas City Medical Society with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, its highest award. The award was presented at the Society’s Annual Meeting. “Dr. Hellman has been a leader and innovator in the practice of diabetes care and also in the areas of patient safety and performance measurement both locally and internationally,” said Joshua M.V. Mammen, 2017 Medical Society president. “He has helped advance medical knowledge through service with national and international organizations and publications.”

Cynda A. Johnson, MD, R’81, F’82, founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, has announced her plans to retire. She will stay in her position this year while a search for her replacement is underway. Read more.

Amy L. Mize, PhD’00, was recently named the Vice President of Business Development at KCAS Bioanalytical and Biomarker Services. Dr. Mize brings to KCAS critical skills in process development and implementation as well as sales and operation planning. She has built systems and processes around demand generation, capacity utilization and forecasting. Read more.

Jerry W. Briscoe, MPH’09, is now the program coordinator for the masters in science public health program at the Meharry Medical College School of Graduate Studies and Research, in the Division of Public Health Practice.


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