- One of top 50 women physicians in the nation
- Leader in rural community family medicine for more than 30 years
- National Chair of the Kansas Alumni Association
- First woman to serve as the president of the Kansas Medical Society
- 2001: One of six inaugural recipients of the American Medical Association’s “Pride in the Profession Awards”
- 2004: Recipient of prestigious Changing Face of Medicine Award: Local Legends from the American Medical Women’s Association and the National Library of Medicine
Dr. Linda Warren, who received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and her medical degree from the University of Kansas, is one of the top 50 women physicians in the nation. She was the first woman to serve as the president of the Kansas Medical Society and in 2001, she received a “Pride in the Profession” Award given by the American Medical Association. She was one of six inaugural recipients of this national award that honors physicians who bring pride to their profession and promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. She later received the 2004 Changing Face of Medicine Award: Local Legends. She was nominated by U.S. Representative Jerry Moran for this prestigious award from the American Medical Women’s Association and the National Library of Medicine, which honors a single doctor from each state.
“Through her service as an alumna, she has promoted the highest ideals for which the University stands.” Dr. Warren has served the KU community through the position of national chair of the Kansas Alumni Association. This was during a difficult time for the Alumni Association, as they were undergoing an internal review and a change in management. Her nominators unanimously agree that the organization is stronger today because of her commitment, common sense, and compassion. These are also qualities that she exhibits in her medical practice. As Jennifer Jackson, Editor of the Kansas Alumni says, “Great leaders aspire to do the right thing, even in the face of long odds and formidable opposition. Linda faced both and never backed down.” Numerous references have been made regarding her leadership skills and sensitivity to the needs of the organization. Petra Tasheff, KU alumna states, “She inspired each of us by the respect she gave to differing points of view and her ability to build a consensus. Her tenure as Board chair will certainly be recalled as one which exemplified leadership at its best.”
For more than 30 years Dr. Warren has practiced family medicine in a rural community. She is the only primary care physician in the community of Hanover, a north central town of only 654 people. At the acceptance ceremony for the American Medical Association’s “Pride in the Profession Awards” there were more people present than the population of Hanover. Dr. Warren says, “Living in the rural area allowed me to be the type of physician, wife and mother I wanted to be.” She has also taught as a rural preceptor for students from the KU School of Medicine. She is described as a “patient advocate from the ground up” with a “sincere, honest and heartfelt manner” and a “sense of humor.”
In addition to being an accomplished physician who has received many awards for her work, she is also dedicated to providing health care to underserved areas.
Petra Tasheff sums up Dr. Warren’s impact in this statement: “She exemplifies the qualities that Dean Emily instilled in so many KU women.” Lora Stoppel, Kansas Alumni Association, further states, “While Dr. Warren is kind and compassionate in her demeanor, she is stronger than any room full of men.”