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KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty, students, staff named 2023 Health Care Heroes

K. James Kallail, Ph.D., and Rick Kellerman, M.D., will be honored in the Lifetime Achievement category while several other faculty members are honored as physicians and health care educators.

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The Wichita Business Journal has announced the 2023 Health Care Heroes, and this year's honorees include numerous KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty members, including two honored for lifetime achievement, as well as medical students who have worked diligently in the community.

This is the 14th year for the awards, and this year's Health Care Heroes will be recognized at an award ceremony and dinner on June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

You can view all of this year’s honorees on the WBJ website. Below are Health Care Heroes award recipients listed under the category of the award.

Community Outreach

  • The Family Medicine Interest Group, a student-led group at KU School of Medicine-Wichita that hosts the annual Doc for a Day program inspiring Kansas high school students to pursue a career in medicine.

Health Care Educators

  • Donna Logan, M.D., volunteer faculty, Family & Community Medicine
  • James Walker Jr., M.D., clinical professor and program director, Anesthesiology

Health Care Innovations

Lifetime Achievement

  • K. James Kallail, Ph.D., professor, Internal Medicine; associate director, Office of Research
  • Rick Kellerman, M.D., professor and chair, Family & Community Medicine

Patient Care Support

  • Kavya Natesan, medical student at KU School of Medicine-Wichita and medical scribe, Vituity at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis emergency department


  • Andrew Hentzen, M.D., volunteer faculty, Surgery
  • Shauna Kern, D.O., volunteer faculty, Internal Medicine
  • Adam McClure, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Pediatrics
  • Thomas Resch, M.D., volunteer faculty, Surgery
  • Quoc Truong, M.D., volunteer faculty, Physicians

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