Apr 18, 2007    #060
Contact: Noemi Rojas, UMKC public relations
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Dr. Sullivan is top alumnus for School of Medicine

Christine Sullivan, M.D., has been selected to receive the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) 2006 Alumni Achievement Award under the banner of the School of Medicine.

Each of UMKC’s 12 academic units recognizes one alumnus annually for achieving notable success in his/her profession and for having rendered outstanding community service.

Dr. Sullivan will receive the UMKC School of Medicine 2006 Alumni Achievement Award at 5:30 p.m. April 19, 2007 in front of an anticipated crowd of 800 in the Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes St.

Sullivan completed the med school’s six-year BA-to-MD program in 1985. Currently, she is an assistant professor with the UMKC School of Medicine and a physician with the emergency department at Truman Medical Center.

She is described by Betty Drees, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, as a genuine person who spends a lot of her own personal time developing programs for assault victims.

“…because it was something that needed to be done, and that’s just the kind of person she is,” Drees said.

Her daily commitment to resident education is apparent to anyone who observes her on clinical shifts, in resident lectures, or on teaching rounds, said Stefanie R. Ellison, M.D., a colleague of Sullivan’s at Truman and UMKC.

“She…is consistently rated highly by the UMKC students who rotate with us,” Ellison said. “Dr. Sullivan is a role model to me. She is one of the most compassionate, intelligent, and competent physicians I know. If I were injured, I would be relieved to see her caring face.”

Outside the emergency room, Sullivan volunteers for a number of healthcare-related causes. She serves on Kansas City’s Emergency Physicians Advisory Board and helped establish Overland Park Regional Medical Center as a Level Two Trauma Center. She also has served as president of the School of Medicine’s Alumni Board and on many other UMKC committees.

She has presented at numerous local, regional and national conferences, including most recently an oral presentation about teaching interpersonal skills in emergency medicine at an annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She has published in several national peer-reviewed publications.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.


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