- First person to be named McCann Professor for Women in Medicine and Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center
- President of U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative from 2011-2013
- President of Kansas State Board of Healing Arts from 2011-2013
- International Ambassador, Global Bone and Joint Decade 2013- Present
Dr. Kimberly Templeton rose to the top of a predominately male field by playing to her strengths and rejecting the idea that you have to become one of the boys to lead them. She is committed to advancing women’s health issues within orthopaedics and the entire medical community. Dr. Templeton is a role model for aspiring female surgeons and a tireless advocate for women mentoring women.
Dr. Templeton came to Kansas in 1995 following a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at Massachusetts General and Boston Children’s Hospitals. She began her professional career as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, rising to her current position as tenured professor in 2010. She has been the orthopaedic surgery residency program director at the University of Kansas for the past several years. She also currently serves as an at-large member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and is co-chair of the National Quality Forum Musculoskeletal Standing Committee.
Dr. Templeton was integral to the creation of the US Bone and Joint Initiative Public Education Committee. The Committee works to develop national public education programs on bone health and osteoporosis, arthritis, and adolescent conditions such as the impact of obesity. She has since served as President of the US Bone and Joint Initiative and was named in 2013 as an International Ambassador of the Global Bone and Joint Decade. In addition to her efforts to promote awareness of musculoskeletal health, Dr. Templeton is an avid promoter of women in the health professions. She worked with the Kansas Medical Society to create the Women Physicians Caucus. The Caucus aims to provide a platform for women in medicine to learn from each other, network and grow in their profession. She is also past-president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, the North American society for female orthopaedic surgeons, and currently serves on the Governing Council of the American Medical Association Women Physician Section.
One of Dr. Templeton’s most recent endeavors is to lead a group that is developing a core body of knowledge in women’s health that could be included in medical education curricula and tested on licensing exams. She has also aided in the creation of the Sex and Gender Women’s Collaborative. The Collaborative’s mission is to provide free, readily accessible materials on-line to medical students and faculty about sex and gender medicine and women’s health topics. In 2013, Dr. Templeton was asked by the National Academy of Sciences to participate in a review of the research program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to assess for potential sex and gender differences in the impact of long-term space flight on bone and joint health.