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2015 Lifetime Achievement and Friend of Medicine Award-Winners

The KCMS 2015 Annual Meeting; Inspiring Health Together took place on October 21st, at the lovely Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. These annual meetings give physicians a chance to gather together, relax and share stories, and learn about the recent activities of the medical society. These meetings have another purpose as well; to honor those deserving physicians who have dedicated their lives to the practice of medicine, as well as those non-physicians who have championed causes which make it easier for physicians to do their jobs. This year there were two Lifetime Achievement Award-winners, Dr. Ali Arbab, and Dr. Michael Montgomery. Charlie Shields, the President and CEO of Truman Medical Centers was named the Friend of Medicine Award-winner for 2015.

 

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Lifetime Achievement Award-Winner, Ali A. Arbab, M.D., FACS:

Dr. Ali Arbab received his BS degree from K-State and his Doctor of Medicine degree from KU. He completed his internship and 3 years of surgical residency at Menorah Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital of KC, and his surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC. In 1968 he established his general surgery and surgical oncology practice in KC. He was on the volunteer surgical staff of KC General Hospital, and became Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the UMKC School of Medicine. He was Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the KU School of Medicine, and one of the early surgical teaching staff of the Goeppert Family Practice Residency. Dr. Arbab was an early organizer of the Breast and Ostomy Association. He was awarded a Certificate of Service from the American Cancer Society, received a Certificate of Recognition from Baptist Medical Center in 1978, and was appointed to the Honorary Board of Governors in 1987. He was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the KC Military Entrance Processing Command in 2002. Dr. and Mrs. Arbab have 3 married children and 2 grandchildren, and their greatest joy is spending time with family.

Lifetime Achievement Award-Winner, Michael A. Montgomery, MD.

In 1967 Dr. Michael Montgomery received his degree from K-State and his commission as a 2nd Lt in the USAF on the same day. That year, he was one of 50 individuals the Air Force selected for a “scholarship” for 4 years of medical school. He graduated from KU Med School, and completed his internship in 1972. After flight surgeon’s school, he was assigned to RAF Lakenheath for 3 years with a fighter squadron. He was accepted for an internal medicine residency to William Beaumont Army Medical Center in 1975. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Brook Army Medical Center in 1977. In 1979 he was sent to the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine. In 1981 he left the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, joined the Penn Valley Medical Group in KC, and was on staff at Trinity Lutheran and NKC Hospitals. He and 4 partners formed Northland Cardiology, which became part of Meritas Health. In 2012 he was elected Chairperson of the NKC Hospital board. He and his wife Karen married and blended their families in 1995. They now have 8 delightful grandchildren, who they enjoy traveling the country to see.

Friend of Medicine Award-Winner, Charlie Shields, President and CEO of Truman Medical Centers:

Charlie Shields has been a friend of medicine since his start in the Missouri Legislature, but made his greatest impact as a member of Senate Leadership. In 2005, he helped Missouri pass tort reform. The Medical Malpractice Reform Shields helped establish set the stage this year as medical malpractice damage caps were reinstated. Shields fought to protect physicians against unfair billing and reimbursement practices. He worked to assure stable Medicaid funding throughout his legislative service, especially FRA funding, and wrote the Missouri Medicaid Reform Commission report. He pushed for laws that created the TCD System to provide medical care for patients requiring time critical diagnosis and treatment. He now serves as President and CEO at Truman Medical Centers, where he supported the inclusion of the entire Medical Staff into membership of KCMS. Charlie and his wife Brenda have two grown sons, Brandt and Bryce.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Friend of Medicine Awards!

See the next edition of Kansas City Medicine for full bio’s and more pictures of these award-winners. (Coming soon!)

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