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May 26, 2009    #072
Contact: John Austin
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UMKC School of Medicine professor wins national women’s health award

WomenHeart and Medtronic honor Dr. Tracy Stevens as a “pioneer” in women’s heart health

Tracy L. Stevens, M.D., professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and medical director for the Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center, has been awarded a 2009 Wenger Award for her contributions to women’s heart health.

The annual award is presented by WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, a national organization dedicated to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support. Dr. Stevens, along with five other recipients, was honored at the annual Wenger Award Dinner, sponsored by the Medtronic Foundation, on May 18, 2009, at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.

A statement released by WomenHeart noted that Dr. Stevens received the award “for her long-time commitment to delivering quality heart care to women in her practice” and recognized her as “an important voice for cardiovascular health.”

Dr. Stevens was invited to the White House in 2004 for the signing of the proclamation in support of the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) The Heart Truth Campaign and later received recognition by President Bush and Laura Bush for her role as a pioneer in women’s heart health. She previously won the Mayo Clinic Outstanding Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Health and served as president of the local division of the American Heart Association. Dr. Stevens currently serves on the Woman’s Day magazine Heart Health Advisory Board and is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

A 1990 graduate of the UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Stevens recently received the 2009 UMKC Alumni Spotlight Award.

About the UMKC School of Medicine
The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine was founded in 1971 as an innovative six-year medical program. From its combined baccalaureate/doctor of medicine curriculum to a docent system that emphasizes small group learning, the UMKC School of Medicine has remained a trendsetter in medical education.

About UMKC
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (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 four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

About WomenHeart and the Wenger Award
A nonprofit advocacy organization, WomenHeart is a community of women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. The Wenger Awards were inaugurated in 2000 to honor Dr. Nanette Kass Wenger, a world-renowned cardiologist who has long championed the need for improved research and treatment of heart disease in women.

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