KC Medical Society honors former School of Medicine docent

Richard Hellman, M.D.

The Kansas City Medical Society recognized Richard Hellman, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., a former School of Medicine docent and clinical professor of medicine, with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. It is the organization’s highest honor.

Hellman served as a docent for nine years before stepping down in 1981 to design and direct Kansas City’s first comprehensive program for adult diabetes care. The practice now includes a 21-member multidisciplinary team, emphasizing a patient-centered integrative approach linking education and medical care.

Hellman served on the board and as president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, which in 2016 presented him with its Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award. He also has been active with the American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

Founding editor of the AACE patient safety exchange web site, Hellman has also served as section editor for Internal Medicine World Report and a reviewer for many other journals.

He served as president of the Kansas City Medical Society in 2000 and in 2015 received the organization’s Innovation Award for his accomplishments.

Joshua M.V. Mammen, 2017 society president, said Hellman had helped to advance medical knowledge through his publications and service to national and international organizations.

“Dr. Hellman has been a leader and innovator in the practice of diabetes care and also in the areas of patient safety and performance measurement, both locally and internationally,” Mammen said.

The medical society recognized Gary Pettett, M.D., professor emeritus and a past associate dean for the School of Medicine with the same award. He received the organization’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Kansas City Medical Society represents medical and osteopathic physicians throughout the greater Kansas City area.