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Lukert, Barbara P.

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Barbara Lukert
  • Namesake of the Lukert Academic Society
  • Authored or co-authored 96 manuscripts and 11 books or chapters
  • Leader in the field of Endocrinology

Dr. Barbara Lukert’s career at the KU Medical Center spans over five decades, beginning with her residency in 1961. Since joining the Department of Medicine faculty in 1965, Lukert has served as the Mary F. Roberts Distinguished Chair in Nutrition, the Director of the Osteoporosis Clinic, the Metabolic Laboratory, and as the Medical Director of the Medicine Outpatient Clinic. She has lead or co-authored 96 full-length manuscripts and written 11 books or book chapters, served as the Wyandotte County Medical Society, and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Dr. Lukert is nationally recognized as an educator, a scholar, and a researcher. Among her many awards are the Boy Frame Award for Excellence in the Field of Bone and Mineral Metabolism, the Chancellor’s Teaching Award at the University of Kansas (1982), Distinguished Alumnus at the University of Kansas School of Medicine (1990), and the Honorary Health Professions Alumnus Award at KU Medical Center (1999). Dr. Lukert is also the namesake of the Lukert Academic Society.

A highly respected and admired professional, Dr. Lukert has also become a mentor to many individuals in her field. One nominator counts over 30 fellows in the field of endocrinology, hundreds of internal medicine residents, and graduate students who consider Lukert one of their main mentors. A mentee, Dr. John S. Adams, describes Lukert’s mentorship by saying, “she imbued in me an excitement and inquisitiveness about challenging dogma that has sustained itself in myself throughout my scientific career.”

Even with all of the national recognition and prestige, Dr. Lukert never loses sight of her mission. Dr. Lukert’s mission, and her advice to students, is to “Always keep the patient as the main thing. With all of our technology, it’s easy to forget that this is a person who is going through cares, worries, pain.”

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