Kelly Price, M.D., ’96 - Medical and Health Leadership
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If ever there was a woman who exemplifies the beliefs and mission of Incarnate Word Academy, Kelly Price is that person. As a student at IWA, Kelly was interested in and excelled at many things. Despite her penchant for procrastination, Kelly maintained a high GPA and blossomed from a shy 13-year-old into a confident young woman. She enjoyed many activities while at IWA, including homecoming, beach bashes, track and CC meets (including transportation to and from in Cathy Freesmeier's "party van”). She particularly enjoyed Mr. Johnson's classes and the debates that took place in her social justice class. Like most of her other classmates, she basked in the warmth of the friendships she formed at IWA and was a concerned and caring girl. So it was no surprise that when she graduated, she focused her efforts on becoming a doctor and channeled her propensity for caring about others into her career goal. Having won the Dean's Scholarship to Saint Louis University, she attended the university, majoring in Biology and graduating summa cum laude. Following graduation, she applied for and received a medical school scholarship from the United States Air Force and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. In 2004, she completed medical school at Saint Louis University and was recommissioned as a Captain and sent on active duty to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where she began her pediatric residency at Wright State University and Dayton Children's Hospital. Kelly graduated from her residency program and was deployed to Misawa Air Force Base in northern Japan, where she joined only one other pediatrician in caring for more than 2000 children of U.S. military personnel. In 2009, Kelly transferred to the United States Air Force Academy, and volunteered for a humanitarian mission in the Ecuadorian jungle. Promoted to Major in 2010, Kelly continued her humanitarian work by joining the US Navy's ship Mercy for 3 months and providing care to children in remote areas of Cambodia, Indonesia, and East Timor. Currently serving in Southeast Asia, Kelly will soon return to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to assume her new role – head of pediatrics at the Academy. Kelly has truly transformed her concern for others and desire to serve into a brilliant career that gives Kelly as much personal and professional satisfaction as her care for others gives comfort. While she has traveled far from her roots at IWA, she is still nourished by them.