BCA News: Summer 2018
Kathy Jane McFall, MSc, FIMI, RMIP is the 2018 Louis Schmidt Laureate. Kathy was honored at BIOCOMM’s annual Awards banquet on June 23 in Savannah, Georgia. This is the highest award given in the BCA and named for our second President.
Kathy fit neatly at the top of the list for nominees for the Schmidt award. Her career in medical photography, video and teaching spans some twenty-five years. She currently serves as the Head of Medical Illustration Services at the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Kathy has incredible achievements to her name and has been recognized by other professional organizations for her outstanding contributions and leadership roles. In 2007 she received the Norman K. Harrison Gold Medical Award, the highest recognition award given by The Institute of Medical Illustrators. Kathy also was awarded HeSCA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Kathy has served on HeSCA board, accepted the job of Editor for the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine for 8 years and continues to serve on the board. She is also very involved in the Institute of Medical Illustrators and served as Chair for the annual IMI conferences in 2012 and 2016.
Paul Crompton was honored to officiate the Award ceremony in Savannah for Kathy. He talked briefly about her many talents, leadership roles, publications and honors. A video was shown with vignettes from Antoinette Parr, General Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; UK, Jeremy Nayler, Director of Media Studio, Cambridge University Hospitals, UK; and former HeSCA board members, Roger Hickinbotham and Keven Sieger. The video really summarized how much Kathy’s integrity, work ethics and achievements have made a lasting impression on colleagues and friends.
Upon accepting the award, engraved BCA key and the BCA gold-head cane, she will hold for one year, Kathy said she was humbled to be nominated by the people who inspired her, and helped and guided her through her profession. She thanked her co-workers, peers and a special thank you to her family for their generous support.
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