We are honored and humbled to have such an outstanding group of people as part of our Department of Family Medicine & Community Health team here at the University of Kansas Medical Center. These awards briefly touch on the prestige and care of faculty members who continuously display the vision and mission of our care.
We are grateful for donors who have honored and encouraged our work for quality medical education and healthier communities with endowed professorships:
K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
Nason Family Endowed Professor in Family Medicine & Community Health
Established in 2020 by the Nason Family to honor Corky Nason's grandfather, father and brother, all of whom were physicians with ties to the University of Kansas and Wyandotte County.
Funding aims to help KU invest in and retain faculty members with a commitment to serve Wyandotte County and train competent, compassionate and civically-engaged healthcare providers.
Mark Meyer, MD
|Established in 2008 by the Patterson Family to honor KU School of Medicine alums Alice M. Patterson, MD and Harold L. Patterson, MD. Dr. Mark Meyer was named the Patterson Professor in 2016.|
Belinda Vail, MD, MS, FAAFP
David M. Heuben Professor
Established through an estate gift from David M. Heuben, a longtime advocate for diabetes care and prevention in Kansas, the professorship aims to promote enhanced educational programs about diabetes.
Dr. Belinda Vail has held the professorship since 2014.
If you would like to contribute online to these professorships, visit the link below.
List the name of the professorship you wish to support in the second box on the form.
Endowed Professorship Annual Awards
In 2022, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health launched three new awards tied to each of the department's three endowed professorships to junior and mid-career faculty members whose work best embodies the mission of each professorship.
David M. Heuben Endowed Professorship Annual Awardees:
2022: Dr. Jennifer Woodward
Patterson Family Endowed Professorship Annual Awardees:
2022: Dr. Laurel Witt
Nason Family Endowed Professorship Annual Awardees:
2022: Dr. Erin Corriveau
Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship
The Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship is the most prestigious teaching award in the School of Medicine. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and seeks to continue the tradition of outstanding education in the medical school.
|2021||Dr. Laurel Witt|
|2020||Dr. Joseph LeMaster|
|2018||Dr. K. Allen Greiner|
|2013||Dr. Daniel Swagerty|
|2007||Dr. Belinda Vail|
The Rainbow Award
The distinguished Rainbow Award honors those individuals who exemplify the attributes of professionalism in medicine and share those qualities with the students whom they mentor. Medical students nominate and select Rainbow Award recipients who they feel represents the characteristics that future physicians hope to possess one day. The award is presented during the annual A Grand Affair awards dinner.
|2020-2021||Dr. Laurel Witt|
|2015-2016||Dr. Joseph LeMaster|
|2013-2014||Dr. Michael Kennedy|
|2008-2009||Dr. Mark Meyer|
|2002-2003||Dr. Belinda Vail|
Nason Family Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Education
Nason Family Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Education at the University of Kansas Medical School. The awardee recieves this honor with recognition from students and coworkers for their outstanding passion in teaching others. This award has evolved into the Nason Family Endowed Professorship Award.
|2019||Dr. Joseph LeMaster|
|2018||Dr. Patricia Fitzgibbons|
|2017||Dr. Margaret Smith|
|2016||Dr. Wendy Biggs|
|2015||Dr. James Birch|
|2014||Dr. Jana Zaudke|
|2013||Dr. Daniel Swagerty|
|2012||Dr. Hannah Maxfield|
|2011||Dr. Deborah Clements|
|2010||Dr. Allen Greiner|
|2009||Dr. John E. Delzell, Jr.|
|2008||Dr, Mary McDonald|
|2007||Dr. Mark Meyer|
|2006||Dr. Heidi Chumley|
|2005||Dr. Belinda Vail|
|2004||Dr. Michael Kennedy|
Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award
The Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes and rewards demonstrated teaching ability of a clearly superlative nature. The award is given to a faculty member who contributes to the University and its students through excellence and outstanding classroom teaching.
|2021||Belinda Vail, MD|
|2019||Michael Kennedy, MD|
|2018||Mark Meyer, MD|
|2014||Moya Peterson, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC|
|2013||Diane Ebbert, PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-BC|
Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award
Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award is also called "The Jayhawk". This esteemed award recognize faculty members who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to mentoring the School's junior faculty, residents and post-doctoral students. Nominated by their colleagues and learners, the recipient recognizes the vital role that mentoring plays in developing the next generation of medical educators.
|2018||Dr. Belinda Vail|
Marjorie S. Sirridge Award
The Marjorie S. Sirridge Award is given to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of women faculty in the KU School of Medicine, School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions. KUMC WIMS honors Dr. Sirridge by presenting this award to deserving women who manifest Dr. Sirridge's principles.
|2018||Dr. Belinda Vail|
Patricia A. Thomas Diversity & Inclusion Award
|2018||Crystal Lumpkins, PhD|
Vice Chancellor's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award
|2021||Dr. Kristina Bridges|
|2016||Dr. Maria Alonso Luaces|
|2016||Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH)|