Power People of Kansas City 2017
Super powers, dynamic duos and wonder women of KC
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Dr. Roy Jensen (Director, University of Kansas Cancer Center)
When it comes to finding a super sleuth on the medical front, look no further than Jensen, whose cancer center is all about research, research, research to help discover a cure. The center projects an economic impact in cancer research investments through 2020 at $1.23 billion. That’s billion, folks. Since taking over in 2004, Jensen has recruited a world-class leadership team and serves on numerous grant review panels, study sections and site-visit teams. We’re happy to have this medical Columbo in our city.
Marshaun Butler (Vice President, Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas)
Always going above and beyond, Butler is in charge of Children’s Mercy’s Overland Park hospital and Blue Valley and College Boulevard clinics. If that weren’t enough, this health-care dynamo also finds time to serve in leadership roles for community organizations ranging from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to the Black Achiever’s Society. She leads by example, and for that, you’ll find us applauding.
Patrick Sallee (CEO, Wyandotte Community Health Center)
Named in February as the head honcho for this new but vital community health center, Sallee is already doing great things by being an energetic, passionate and committed force in helping the underserved. He’s been a major player in Kansas City’s nonprofit landscape over the past decade. From Big Brothers Big Sisters to the American Red Cross, Sallee’s thumbprint has made our metro a kinder, gentler and healthier place to live.
Dr. Tim Pluard (Medical Director, Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute)
Wow. Pluard is a man with a plan regarding cancer treatments. A year ago, he launched the Saint Luke’s Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer, the only one of its kind in the nation designed to exclusively treat and care for women with metastatic breast cancer. This month, he’s launching the institute’s Center for Precision Oncology, bringing together a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in advanced genomics, bioinformatics and medical oncology to review each patient’s case to find the best possible treatment. We want Pluard on our medical team.
Dr. Rick Randolph (Chief Medical Officer, Heart to Heart International)
This hero in health care is a gem of an asset not only here, but to places all over the world. A force behind global disaster response, rural health care programs, medical exchanges through Rotary International and ebola treatment in Liberia, this exceptional human being is also an exceptional physician with a family practice in Lenexa. His big heart and selflessness make Kansas City proud.