Award Winners

  • 2013 Alumni Award Winners

    KCUMB Alumni Award Recipients
    Alumni Service Award - James D. Pike, D.O. (COM ’84)
    Distinguished Service Award - Harold E. Riehm
    Alumni Achievement Award - Larry W. Anderson, D.O. (COM ’77)
    Alumnus of the Year - George N. Smith, D.O. (COM ’74)

    Alumni Service Award
    James D. Pike, D.O. (COM ’84)

    James PikeAs program director for internal medicine and perioperative/hospitalist medicine at Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital in Indianapolis, Dr. Pike has been directly involved in training and mentoring future osteopathic physicians. He also serves as chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, which welcomed its inaugural class in August 2013.

    Additionally, he owns Pike Medical Consultants, P.C., and Expediate Healthcare, LLC, both located in Indianapolis. Dr. Pike is active in his community, operating a private pulmonary and critical care practice, and serving as medical director at North Capitol Nursing and Rehabilitation, Zionsville Meadows, Countryside Meadows and for the respiratory care program at IVY Tech State College.

    Dr. Pike is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and of the American College of Physicians. While a student at KCUMB, he served as president of the Class of 1984.

    Distinguished Service Award
    Harold E. Riehm

    Harold RiehmHarold Riehm has been a strong supporter of the osteopathic medical profession for many years. Although not a physician himself, Riehm has dedicated much of the past 30 years to raising awareness and support of osteopathic medicine.

    In 1982, he was named executive director of the Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was responsible for lobbying, public relations, continuing medical education, a scholarship program and providing services to the state’s osteopathic physicians. In addition, he served as executive director of the Kansas Osteopathic Foundation from 1982-2013.

    Riehm has also been instrumental in urging the Kansas Legislature to remove barriers to the practice of osteopathic medicine in Kansas, and even served as the only non-physician member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Continuing Medical Education Committee during the 1990s.

    Riehm also coordinated efforts to raise money for the construction of Andrew Taylor Still Memorial Park, which opened in April 2013 adjacent to the Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine’s office in downtown Topeka.

    Alumni Achievement Award
    Larry W. Anderson, D.O. (COM ’78)

    Larry Anderson

    Dr. Anderson currently works in private practice in Dawsonville, Ga. He also serves as associate professor of clinical medicine at the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and as medical director of the Good Shepherd Clinic in Dawsonville. He is also the chair of the County Board of Health in Dawson County, and the “doctor of the day” for the Georgia General Assembly.

    Dr. Anderson earned a bachelor of arts from West Georgia College and a bachelor of science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine from KCUMB in 1978.

    Active in professional organizations at both the state and national levels, Dr. Anderson is a past president of both the Georgia Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association. He also served as a delegate to the ACOFP Congress of Delegates before joining the organization’s Board of Governors, where he currently serves as its secretary/treasurer.

    In addition, he previously served as a reviewer for both the George Composite State Board of Medical Examiners and the Georgia Medical Care Foundation.

    Dr. Anderson was honored as a fellow of the ACOFP in 1983 and was named a distinguished fellow in 2004.

    Alumnus of the Year
    George N. Smith, D.O. (COM ’74)

    George Smith

    When fire erupted at the West Fertilizer Company on the evening of April 17, 2013, Dr. Smith immediately left home and drove toward the scene. As a family physician in West, Texas, he also serves as medical director for West Emergency Medical Services and takes responsibility for the well-being of the town’s volunteer firefighters.

    In addition to his emergency responsibilities, Dr. Smith is medical director for the West Rest Haven nursing home, located directly across the street from the fertilizer plant. Given the potential for toxic smoke wafting toward the facility, he had the staff move the nursing home residents from the east side of the building – the fire side – to the west side as quickly as possible, following a shelter-in-place strategy that works best for people unable to quickly evacuate in an emergency.

    He was inside West Rest Haven, with his wife, Jean, waiting in his truck, when the West Fertilizer Company exploded moments later. The blast knocked Dr. Smith to the floor, burying him in debris from the collapsed roof. In spite of his own injuries, Dr. Smith
    checked on residents of the nursing home and went outside to check on Jean, who was also injured, but alive. With his cell phone not working and the radio in his truck also dead, he drove to a helicopter station where there was a satellite radio and requested all the help nearby communities could give him. From there, he helped coordinate triage efforts on the high school football field.

    In all, 14 people died that night, including 11 first responders. More than 200 people were injured. Dr. Smith’s medical office, the town’s EMS building and the West Rest Haven nursing home were all destroyed.
     
    The courage displayed by Dr. Smith and others that night, as well as the training and coordination of the rescue efforts, undoubtedly saved many lives, but Dr. Smith is quick to downplay his role.

    “I don’t consider myself a hero,” Dr. Smith said. “The real heroes in this were the firefighters who, after they saw the explosion and after they saw their comrades killed, stayed there to fight that fire. I’m just telling you, I’m very proud of my people.”

    For his actions that night, Dr. Smith was honored by the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates during its meeting in July. The Texas Osteopathic Medical Association also established a relief fund to help him rebuild his practice.

    Of course, Dr. Smith’s long career as a physician garnered him recognition well before the disaster. He is a past president of the KCUMB Alumni Association and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. In 2007, the American Institute for Public Service honored Dr. Smith with its prestigious Jefferson Award for volunteerism and community service. In addition, he was recognized as the Family Physician of the Year by the Texas College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners in 2006 and as the Citizen of the Year by the West (Texas) Chamber of Commerce in 2002.