2018 Annual Meeting Information

2018 Annual Meeting Information2018-10-30T03:36:43+00:00

Members and friends

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 28th for the Kansas City Medical Society Annual Meeting. 

This event will be held at the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210

The theme for this years meeting is Inspiring Health Together and this will be the first meeting of the joint Kansas City Medical Society and Kansas City Medical Foundation.

In addition to our award winners, we will hear personal stories from Jenna Bell, Wesley Hamilton and a national health update from the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. 

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Jenna Bell, will share her story as a recipient of a heart transplant.  She says,

“I am a mom, Army Wife, daughter, keynote speaker, wine enthusiast, and a survivor of heart disease. When I was 23 I was diagnosed with a cardiomyopathy and told I was at risk for sudden cardiac death. I wouldn’t have a heart attack. My heart would simply stop and I would die. I was told that I would never have children and I would be living with heart disease my whole life. They were wrong. I have two beautiful children who motivate me every day. I had a heart transplant that saved my life on 2/16/16.  Even with my new heart, I will continue to fight for my heart, and yours, for many years to come.”

Wesley Hamilton will share his story as a survivor of gun violence and an adaptive athlete.  Wesley has a remarkable story, he writes,

Born and raised on KCMO’s eastside, it was hard for a young African American male to find opportunity outside of the streets… At 24, I was shot multiple times by someone I’d never even met. 

I spent three weeks in the ICU and woke up paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury. It was a new life, and restricted by a wheelchair. Fitness and nutrition were a way to not only lose weight but to feel happier and healthier. In the first year of this new routine, I lost 100 pounds and left the dark cloud of depression. I realized the importance of fitness, especially for those who have disabilities…”

Wesley started a nonprofit Disabled But Not Really a 501(c)3 organization providing equal access to the underserved disabled community; through programs that focus on fitness, wellness, and mental health.

More about Wesley: https://iamwesleyhamilton.com/pageme/

U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H will give us a national health update and speak to his motto, “Better Health Through Better Partnerships.” 

More about U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. can be found here.

Dr. Adams’ motto as Surgeon General is “better health through better partnerships.” As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and forging new partnerships with non-traditional partners, including business and law enforcement.

He has pledged to lead with science, facilitate locally led solutions to the nation’s most difficult health problems, and deliver higher quality healthcare at lower cost through patient and community engagement and better prevention.

Every Year the Kansas City Medical Society and Foundation grant awards to members that show excellence and leadership in the medical community – the nominations are in, and the awardees will be announced at the meeting.

Last year awards were given to the following members:

  • Richard Hellman, MD, FACP, FACE, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Kansas State Sen. Jim Denning, Friend of Medicine Award
  • Sheila McGreevy, MD, Patient and Community Advocate Award
  • Sukumar Ethirajan, MD, Innovation Award
  • Joanne Loethen, MD, MA, Rising Star Award

To learn more about past winners, please take a look at this video of our 2017 awardees.