Dennis Allin, MD, medical director of The University of Kansas Health System's Emergency Department, received NASCAR's Medical Director Award for 2014.
Lori Sheppard, director of NASCAR’s Medical Liaison Department, said this year’s award “recognizes Dr. Allin as an individual who took his role to a whole new level, exceeding any task listed in his job description. He conveyed an amazing level of comfort to our competitors and provided the medical liaisons with exceptional medical updates."
The University of Kansas Health System has served as the official healthcare provider for Kansas Speedway since it opened in 2001. On race weekends, Dr. Allin leads a team of 30-40 caregivers who provide all the speedway's medical needs. They oversee two first-aid stations with three beds each and an infield care center with six beds. The group received the NASCAR Team Work Award in 2012 (see story below).
"In racing, there is nothing more important than the safety of spectators and drivers," said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. "We are proud to have Dr. Allin as a leader in our partnership with The University of Kansas Health System. He has become an important member of the NASCAR medical community since the opening of Kansas Speedway.
"This is a much-deserved award for him,” Warren added, “and I'm thrilled to see him get this type of recognition for his outstanding work."