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Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship

The Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship is the most prestigious teaching award given at the KU School of Medicine.

About the Award

The award recognizes excellence in teaching and seeks to continue the tradition of outstanding education in the medical school.


Dr. Peter T. Bohan was a Professor of Medicine from 1914 until 1945 and was renowned for his clinical and teaching achievements. His dedication to teaching was legendary, and his contributions to the academic life of the medical school left a lasting impression on the institution. Even before his retirement, Dr. Bohan established trusts to provide continued support for the educational mission of the medical school. These trusts sustain the Peter T. Bohan Chair in Medicine, the Peter T. Bohan Medical Scholarships and the Bohan Visiting Professorships.

Dr. Bohan's wife, Ruth Harris Bohan, was a distinguished artist whose works can be found in many galleries, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She bequeathed many of her paintings and much of her private collection to the medical school and university. A dedicated supporter of her husband's educational and philanthropic endeavors, Mrs. Bohan supported the medical school's educational mission through the Ruth Bohan Trust.

Award Description and Eligibility

An award of $5,000 is available for eligible School of Medicine faculty in recognition of demonstrated excellence in teaching medical students, graduate students, residents and/or fellows in the School of Medicine. Applications are encouraged in support of outstanding basic science and clinical educators on the Wichita, Salina and Kansas City campuses of the School of Medicine.

Starting in 2024, three awards will be given each year. Nominations for this award are made by a KU School of Medicine faculty colleague. Nominees must be a KU School of Medicine faculty member for at least five years. Nominees may not be a previous Ruth Bohan Award recipient.

Nomination Process

Save the Date

The recipients of the 2024 Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship Awards will be announced and recognized at the Faculty Retreat on August 23, 2024. 

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