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John W. Barnes, M.D., to Receive Creighton Alumni Award

John W. Barnes, M.D., to Receive Creighton Alumni Award

Longtime Missouri Valley, Iowa, physician John W. Barnes, M.D., will receive the 2010 Alumni Merit Award from Creighton University School of Medicine on Friday, Sept. 10. The award will be presented during the School of Medicine’s Alumni Reception and Dinner in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning.

A 1955 Creighton medical school graduate, Barnes spent two years in the U.S. Navy and briefly practiced family medicine in Woodbine, Iowa, before moving to Missouri Valley. Barnes, who retired to Omaha, practiced medicine for 47 years in Missouri Valley, serving as president of the medical staff at Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital for 20 of those years. Over the course of his career, he often served as a preceptor, providing invaluable clinical training to University of Iowa medical students.

Barnes currently works with Medical Enterprises as a certified occupational health physician.

His dedication to his profession earned him the 1997 Iowa Family Physician of the Year award and the 2002 Missouri Valley Citizen of the Year award. He was a finalist for 1999 National Family Physician of the Year.

Barnes has also been a dedicated supporter of and advocate for Creighton University. He served on the School of Medicine’s Alumni Advisory Board, 1979-85, and was chair of the University’s Parents Council, 1994-95. Seven of his nine children attended Creighton; three grandchildren are fourth-generation Creighton students or alumni. He is active in Creighton Jaybackers and a member of the Coaches Circle.