Outstanding Alum Award 2015

Diane Medved Harper '76

The Notre Dame de Sion alum selection committee is excited to announce that Dr. Diane Medved Harper '76 has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Sheila Hughes Weiford '66 Outstanding Alum Award. In addition to an impressive lineup of professional accomplishments, Dr. Harper has remained actively involved in the Sion community as an alumna. It was no surprise that she was nominated by two separate alumnae for this distinction.

Dr. Harper is a professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville. Previously, she was a professor in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Community and Family Medicine and Informatic Medicine and Persionalized Health at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. From 1996 to 2009 she held a clinical, teaching, and research post at Dartmouth Medical School, where she was on faculty and staff when the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians named her the New Hampshire Family Physician of the Year.

After graduating from Notre Dame de Sion School in 1976, Dr. Harper completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, in the fields of Chemical Engineering and Polymerics. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas, where she also did residencies in Ob/Gyn and Family Medicine. She attended Stanford University and Harvard University for her training in medical decision making and cost effectiveness analysis as part of her Public Health degree. 

Dr. Harper is an internationally recognized expert on HPV vaccines having worked with both Merck and GSK to develop Gardasil and Cervarix in phase II and phase III trials. She has been instrumental in guiding the course of HPV vaccination around the world. In May 2013 Dr. Harper received the Prix Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year award in Monte Carlo for her research of the role of the human papilloma virus in the uterine cervix cancer. That month she also received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Excellence in Education Award.

"Beyond a doubt, Diane Medved Harper '76, should receive this award. The list of her professional and academic accomplishments would take pages to write. But what any drafted bio cannot take into account is her external and internal beauty, her kindness, her lack of self, and her accomplishments," said Sion classmate Carol Schweiger Meharry '76. "She leaves me awestruck by what she has accomplished and I am so grateful to call her my friend."

"Dr. Harper has been a leader in our community for years through her medical research and as a leader at UMKC's school of medicine. She was...awarded as the International Woman of the Year in Monaco," added Catherine Snodell Moussa '81.

Please join the Sion community in congratulating Dr. Harper at the Alumni Honors Luncheon during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 17.


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