2015 Alumni Reunion


The UMKC Alumni Association Awards Celebration, in recognition of the 2015 alumni award winners, takes place at 11:30 a.m. on April 23 at Swinney Recreation Center and kicks off the School of Medicine Alumni Reunion weekend April 23–25. For questions, you may contact Catherine O’Sullivan.

Two School of Medicine graduates will be honored at the UMKC Alumni Association’s awards luncheon. Nicholas Comninellis, M.D. ’82, clinical assistant professor of community and family medicine, will receive the Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award given by the campus and the Alumni Association. Kimberly Netsch Wiele, M.D., ’81, assistant professor of radiology at Washington University, is the recipient of the 2015 School of Medicine Alumni Achievement award.

Comninellis will be the fifth School of Medicine graduate to be recognized as the UMKC Alumnus of the Year. The award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has achieved eminence in his or her professional field; made contributions to education, science, the arts or human welfare of national or international significance; and rendered outstanding service to society.

Comninellis is changing the face of global health in the world’s poorest places as president and CEO of the Institute for International Medicine, an organization dedicated to equipping professionals to serve those who are impoverished, marginalized or neglected. He joins Robert Arnold, M.D. ’83; Maj. Gen. Mark Ediger, M.D. ’78; David Hayes, M.D. ’76; and Catherine Spong, M.D. ’91, as School of Medicine graduates to be named UMKC Alumnus of the Year.

Wiele specializes in breast health at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the Washington University School of Medicine. She has dedicated her career to breast cancer imaging and has made many strides within her community to build awareness around breast cancer.

For more information about the 2015 alumni award winners, visit