Richard Hellman, M.D., a clinical associate professor of medicine who served as a docent during the early years of the School of Medicine, was honored with a Distinguished Reviewer Award for 2014 from the American Diabetes Association journal, Diabetes Care.
The publication selects 10 reviewers from among thousands of scientists and physicians asked to review its manuscript submissions during the previous year. Hellman was one of five American reviewers chosen for the honor based on the quality and number of reviews completed and has been asked to join the editorial board of Diabetes Cares.
Hellman joined the School of Medicine as a docent in 1972 and served as director of endocrine programs. He continued until 1981 when he left to design and direct the first comprehensive adult diabetes care program in Kansas City. Today, he maintains a private practice for diabetes and endocrine care in North Kansas City.
Hellman has been an active leader and contributor to the improvement of medical care on local to international levels. A past president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, he is also a prolific author of medical articles and book chapters on diabetes.