56th Annual Medical Alumni Awards
The University of Missouri School of Medicine and Medical Alumni Organization presented their most prestigious awards to graduates and supporters on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at The Kansas City Club.
Citation of Merit
The Citation of Merit, MU School of Medicine's highest honor, was presented to Michael LeFevre, MD, a graduate of the Class of 1979. Dr. LeFevre is the Future of Family Medicine Professor and vice chair of family and community medicine at MU. He was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He also is co-vice chair and one of 16 members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Outstanding Young Physician Award
Outstanding Young Physician Awards were presented to J. Andrew Dykens, MD, and Aarti Sarwal, MD. A graduate of the Class of 2004, Dr. Dykens is assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), founder and director of UIC's Global Community Health Program, and founder and executive director of Peace Care. Dr. Sarwal, a 2009 MU residency graduate, is assistant professor of neurology and critical care at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She also serves as a faculty member with the school’s Office of Women in Medicine and Science.
Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished Service Awards were presented to David Barbe, MD, Linda Burns, MD, and Karina Uldall, MD. A graduate of the Class of 1980, Dr. Barbe is a family physician in his hometown of Mountain Grove, Mo., and regional division president of Mercy Clinic for southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, as well as chair-elect of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Burns, a graduate of the class of 1981, is a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, where she leads the Inpatient Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the hematology, oncology and transplantation fellowship program. A graduate of the Class of 1987, Dr. Uldall is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine and section head of hospital psychiatry at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.
Honorary Medical Alumni
Honorary Medical Alumni Awards were presented to Mark McIntosh, PhD, and W. Kirt Nichols, MD. Dr. McIntosh is chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at MU's medical school and director of MU's Research Core Facilities. Dr. Nichols is a professor of vascular surgery and vice chair of the Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., MD, Department of Surgery. He has served as chief of staff for University Hospital and held many other leadership positions with MU's health system since joining the surgery department's faculty in 1973.