September 03, 2020
Overland Park, Kansas — HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—announced today that Lori A. Boyajian-O’Neill, D.O., is a recipient of the Outstanding Women of Kansas Award from the Kansas 19th Centennial Committee. She was recognized, along with three other high-profile women, during a socially distanced ceremony in Topeka, Kansas, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The Kansas 19th Amendment Centennial Committee was formed in honor of the anniversary giving women the right to vote. Boyajian-O’Neill is with Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, both part of HCA Midwest Health.
The Outstanding Women of Kansas Award was created to honor four Kansas women who have made an impact in one of four categories: service, civics and community, education and business. Nominations were accepted and third-party judges chose the four winners. Boyajian-O’Neill, who won for service, is part of Midwest Sports Medicine where she specializes in care of athletes and individuals of all ages with musculoskeletal conditions. She is particularly involved in the overall health of her patients, advocating for lifelong exercise as a goal to optimum health.
“Through her remarkable service to her patients and their families and the community, Dr. Boyajian-O’Neill exemplifies the very reason she was selected for this award,” says HCA Midwest Health Chief Medical Executive Officer Kimberly Megow, M.D. “She is a physician who always shows great passion for her profession by delivering high-quality, compassionate care to patients.’
“It is an honor to receive the Outstanding Women of Kansas Award, to remember the great women leaders who have come before and a privilege to serve the community as a physician,” says Boyajian-O’Neill. “I am committed to continue to help advance the conversations for women leaders of the future.”
Known as a “physicians’ physician,” a tireless volunteer and a community leader with a servant heart, Boyajian-O’Neill is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician Consensus Conference and a founder of Global Event Medicine, which oversees medical care of mass participation events such as USA Cycling, USA Triathlon, USA Volleyball and USA Amateur Softball. She has served as a physician at the Ironman (TM) Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, and has provided medical care at the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Gold and USA Senior PGA. Boyajian-O’Neill is a former president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine and a team physician for the USA National Volleyball team. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City and is a former chief medical officer for Mid-America Medical Reserve Corps. Currently she serves as a volunteer for Heart to Heart International Disaster Response Team and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. She has also written scientific articles for the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine, and the Journal of American Medical Association, among others.