Dr. Donald R. Neel was honored with the KMA Distinguished Service Award on September 15 during the Kentucky Medical Association’s Annual Meeting in Louisville. The award was given to Neel for his work within organized medicine and his remarkable leadership within the Owensboro community.
For 50 years, Neel has served as a pediatrician. He also has served as board chair and president of the KMA. Neel was sworn in as KMA president during a crucial and troubling time for the nation, on September 12, 2001. As KMA President, Neel toured Kentucky, talking with small groups of physicians to get their input on the issues of the day. After his time as president, Neel has remained active in the Association by serving as a KMA delegate to the American Medical Association. He continues to be a vocal advocate in the state legislative, public health, and Medicaid arenas.
“A dedicated physician for many years, Don has never been shy when it comes to issues affecting the health of everyone he serves. Much can be said about Don’s dedication to the KMA and the medical profession, but the community of Owensboro is better off because of his presence and active leadership,” said Dr. Fred Williams, Jr., KMA Immediate Past President.
Four awards were given at the KMA President’s Dinner, including the KMA Distinguished Service Award, the KMA Community Service Award, the KMA Debra K. Best Outstanding Layperson of the Year Award, and the KMA Educational Achievement Award.