Three School of Medicine graduates were recognized for their dedication to their careers, their community and to UMKC during the Unviersity’s Alumni Awards Celebration at Swinney Recreation Center on April 24 .
Michele Kilo, M.D., ’84, received the 2014 School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award and the family of Steven Waldman, M.D., ’77, and Corey Waldman, M.D., ’12, was recognized with the 2014 UMKC Legacy Award.
The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes a graduate in each of the University’s academic units who has achieved notable success in his or her professional field and rendered outstanding service to the community.
Kilo, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, has dedicated her career to special needs children. Her specialty areas are Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Mental Retardation and Related Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders.
A past recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Kilo has served as president of the SOM Alumni Association and chairman of the School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors. She was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to a two-year term on the Missouri Autism Commission and has served on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board. She also served as chair of the Jellybean Conspiracy, a group of high school performers from both regular and special education classes who perform together to show peers throughout the region how to recognize similarities, respect differences and celebrate one another’s talents and gifts.
For the second year in a row, the UMKC Legacy Award – given to a family chosen for its professional achievements, community service and tradition of attending and supporting UMKC – includes SOM alumni. Three generations of Waldmans have received their degrees from UMKC. Spanning the schools of Law and Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences since 1929, the Waldmans have followed the Roo tradition.
Steven Waldman received his M.D. degree from the SOM in 1977 and his juris doctor degree from the law school in 1996. Waldman is the director of Statewide Outreach Services at the School of Medicine, the docent for M.D. students, and clinical professor of anesthesiology and medical humanities and bioethics. All four of Waldman’s and his wife, Kathy’s, children have attended or are currently attending the University: David attended the College of Arts & Sciences, Corey is a 2012 graduate of the SOM, Reid is a current SOM student and Jennifer attended the SOM as well.
The award celebration is sponsored by the UMKC Alumni Association. It served as a prelude to the alumni reunion weekend.