Richard Hellman, MD, FACP, FACE

Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award

Dr. Hellman is the managing partner of an independent, multi-disciplinary endocrine practice in North Kansas City, Missouri, which he founded 34 years ago following nine years in academic medicine. He and his practice received the Innovation Award from the Kansas City Medical Society in October 2015 – the first such award given by this 132-year-old society. In March 1997, the results of their 15-year diabetes outcome study was the lead cover article in Diabetes Care. He presented this data at a plenary session of AACE in 1998.

His relationship with AACE has extended more than 20 years, joining the AACE Board in 1999, and in 2007, was elected as AACE’s 16th president. In 2008, he designed and helped launch the AACE Patient Safety Exchange, the first online resource focused on improving patient safety for patients with diabetes and endocrine disorders. Dr. Hellman has been a tireless advocate for patient safety issues, focusing attention on issues related to diabetes care. His many scientific publications and invited lectures, nationally and internationally, often include contributions to the science and practice of improving patient safety.

In November 2015, he completed an18-year tenure with the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI). During the years that he was part of this effort (most recently as Vice Chair), the Consortium created widely used validated performance measures to help improve patient care.

Dr. Hellman has been part of numerous writing groups on guidelines for AACE, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and other national and international organizations. Also, Dr. Hellman reviews articles for peer-reviewed journals, including bothEndocrine PracticeandDiabetes Care. He was honored by the ADA with the Distinguished Reviewer Award for his work for the journalDiabetes Care in 2014 and joined their Editorial Board in 2015.

He graduated from the Chicago Medical School (CMS), is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of CMS in 2009.

Dr. Hellman and his wife, Julie, enjoy the time they spend with their family, including two daughters, one grandson, and a large extended family, which also includes his “adopted” family, Dr. Howard Rosen (his partner) and his wife, Rosanne, and several key members of his health care team. He enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with his many dear friends, including many of his AACE colleagues.