University bestows high honors upon Drs. Dimond, Reddy

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton (left) presents the Chancellor’s Medal to School of Medicine founder E. Grey Dimond, M.D., during the UMKC Alumni Awards ceremony on April 27.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City honored E. Grey Dimond, M.D, founder of the UMKC School of Medicine, and Mamta Reddy, M.D., ’98, an allergy/immunology physician in Bronx, N.Y., on April 27 for their achievements and contributions to the University during the annual Alumni Awards luncheon and presentation at the InterContinental Hotel.

As the School of Medicine prepared to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Chancellor Leo Morton presented Dimond with the 2011 UMKC Chancellor’s Medal, the highest non-academic honor given by the University. Reddy received the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award for the School of Medicine.

The Chancellor’s Medal is given at the discretion of the Chancellor to honor those who have shown unstinting support and service to the University. The list of recipients in the 50-year history of the award includes people from the fields of commerce, art, education, law, politics, religion, child welfare, urban design, sports, music, medicine and journalism.

Past recipients have included Thomas Hart Benton, Henry Bloch, Tom Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Ewing Kauffman, and Homer Wadsworth and Nathan Stark, who with Dimond are often recognized for their efforts in spurring the re-birth of Hospital Hill. Dimond was the architect of the School of Medicine’s groundbreaking, six-year program and docent system.

Mamta Reddy, M.D., ’98, (right) received the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award for the School of Medicine. She is pictured with Jim Stanford, M.D., ”80, winner of the 2009 Alumni Achievement Award.

Reddy, an assistant professor of pediatrics, serves as chief of Allergy/Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, N.Y.

Reddy leads the South Bronx Asthma Partnership, which coordinates more than 60 community-based partners. She is the developer of a DVD-tutorial on New York’s asthma guidelines, which has been distributed to more than 23,000 health providers.

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes one alumnus from each of the University’s 12 academic units who has achieved notable success in his or her professional field and rendered outstanding service to the community.

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