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Christine Sullivan, MD, FACEP, Receives MOCEP R.R. Hannas Physician of the Year Award

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Christine Sullivan, MD, FACEP, was presented the Missouri College of Emergency Physician’s (MOCEP) R.R. Hannas Physician of the Year Award at the Annual Membership Meeting on May 5, 2016, in Springfield, Mo. She was nominated by Matthew Gratton, MD, of the UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Center.


Dr. Sullivan is the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for UMKC School of Medicine and the Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) for Truman Medical Centers. She is a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a residency in emergency medicine there in 1988. She has been on staff in a variety of positions since completing her residency.

Her list of accomplishments over her career are impressive and include: appointment to the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Emergency Medicine, and was elected Vice President of the RRC; Chair of the Professionalism and Interpersonal and Communication Skills Milestones Remediation Taskforce for the Council of Residency Directors for Emergency Medicine; and has published numerous peer reviewed publications and has presented at national meetings.

She has provided outstanding service to both UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers, including: Chair of Graduate Medical Education Committee, member of the Coordinating Committee, Promotions Committee, and Councils on both Evaluation and Selection. She was also voted Teacher of the Year during her time as Resident Program Director.

The R.R. Hannas Award is presented to an emergency medicine physician and resident each year, and is named after Dr. Ralston R. Hannas, a “founding father” of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hannas is a past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and was the co-organizer, with Dr. Wiegenstein, of the first Scientific Assembly in 1969. He was also chairman of the committee that founded the American Board of Emergency Medicine, served on the Board for twelve years and was the organization’s fourth president. Dr. Hannas was also instrumental in helping organize the fifth Emergency Medicine residency program in the country, at Northwestern University, in 1973. In 1976 he moved to Kansas City where he practiced emergency medicine for 21 years.

To learn more about the R.R. Hannas Award, or MOCEP, please visit www.MOCEP.org. The Missouri College of Emergency Physicians (MOCEP) is a not for profit organization created to support and advocate for emergency medicine physicians practicing in the state of Missouri. MOCEP is a state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).