- Founder of the Sweet Emergency Fund
- Attendee of the White House Conference on HIV and AIDS
- Nationally recognized expert on the treatment of HIV and AIDS
Dr. Donna Sweet was described by a friend as having two speeds: fast and off. Her unwavering commitment to HIV research, patient care, and education is evidence that she is most often operating at top speed.
Dr. Sweet has been an advocate, educator and caregiver to individuals with HIV for many years. She has been recognized as one of the leaders in educating physicians nationally and internationally about HIV care and treatment. Dr. Sweet took an interest in AIDS and HIV when little was known about the disease, but all feared it. Her dedication to the fight against HIV led to an invitation to the White House Conference on HIV and AIDS in 1995. To further her goal of providing excellent care to those affected by HIV, Dr. Sweet established the Sweet Emergency Fund. The Fund provides financial assistance to individuals with HIV who need help with medications and with their everyday life. The Sweet Emergency Fund has raised thousands of dollars for those living with HIV or AIDS.
Dr. Sweet’s passion for AIDS work is rivaled only by her commitment to mentoring young medical professionals. One of her students wrote that “She has perhaps been the single most important role model I have had during my continuing development as a physician.” Her dedication to students has led to numerous recognitions including the Thor J Jager M.D. Award for Distinguished Clinical Teaching; American Medical Association “Pride in the Profession “ Award; and the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the KU School of Medicine.
In addition to teaching, research, and caring for her own patients, Dr. Sweet is an involved member of her community. She has served on numerous not-for- profit boards including the Kansas Foundation for the Handicap, Junior League of Wichita, Inc., United Way of the Plains, and Positive Directions. Dr. Sweet has been recognized for her volunteer and professional excellence by countless groups. A few include: Award of Courage from the American Foundation for AIDS Research; Topeka Capital-Journal “Kansan of Distinction” for Medicine; POZ Magazine-POZ 100; and Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction.