Kimberly J. Templeton, MD, is professor of orthopedic surgery and the first Joy McCann Professor of Women in Medicine and Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. This endowed chair was established at the School of Medicine’s Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) Program in 2002 by Joy McCann Culverhouse and Robert Daugherty, MD through the Joy McCann Foundation. She is a recent past-president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and co-founding member of the AMWA Sex and Gender Health Collaborative. Dr. Templeton’s areas of focus include issues faced by women physicians and the inclusion of sex and gender medicine in medical education. Her work addressing the issues of women physicians extends from medical students to those nearing the end of practice and includes such topics as burnout and re-entry to practice.
An accomplished leader in women in medicine, Dr. Templeton has received many accolades including the Bertha Van Hoosen Award in 2019 for exceptional leadership and service to women physicians and students from the American Medical Women’s Association; she was named to the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame and honorary University of Kansas alumnus in 2014; she received the Marjorie J. Siddridge Leadership Award for Women in Medicine from the University of Kansas in 2012, and the Elizabeth Blackwell Award for outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine from AMWA in 2013 and accepted the inaugural Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association in 2008.
She has held many other leadership positions including past vice chair of the women physicians’ section of the American Medical Association (AMA) and past chair of the AMA orthopedic section. Dr. Templeton is a past president of the US Bone and Joint Initiative and is a current member and past president of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. She initiated and led the AMA in developing a policy that recognizes an “expanded definition of ‘women’s health.” Dr. Templeton is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and is currently working on their Renew project to assess sources of stress traced to sex differences, and is one of the two orthopedic surgery representatives to the Association of American Medical Colleges Council on Faculty and Academic Societies. She is a member of committees within the National Quality Forum including the osteoporosis expert review committee.
She has published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles on topics related to musculoskeletal conditions and osteoporosis as well as licensure issues.