June 11, 2013
NIH Geneticist Named Distinguished Alumnus by SIU Med School
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has named Dr. Kim Keppler-Noreuil as recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. A graduate of the class of 1989, Keppler-Noreuil recently became a senior staff clinical scientist in the Genetics Disease Research Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.
The award from the School’s Alumni Society Board of Governors recognizes outstanding contributions to medicine and distinguished service to humankind. It was presented at SIU’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, in Springfield.
Prior to her position with the NIH, Keppler-Noreuil spent 16 years working at the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics as a medical geneticist. She provided clinical care for patients, determining the diagnosis of individuals with birth defects, inherited disorders and neuro-developmental problems. She taught multiple levels of trainees including medical students, primary care residents and was the head of the Medical Genetics Residency Program (2006-12). Keppler-Noreuil served as associate director and later, clinical director for the Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders (formerly the Iowa Birth Defects Registry) from 1997-2012. She worked within the Regional Genetics outreach clinic and piloted a study implementing telemedicine clinics to provide children and families with genetic disorders with access to medical services.
Keppler-Noreuil’s national reputation as a leader in genetics and dysmorphology includes expertise in OEIS complex, and Jeune and Bardet-Biedl syndromes, sabbatical work at the NIH and participation in the highly acclaimed David Smith Workshop for clinical geneticists.
She has been primary and co-author of more than 100 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters and has served as a primary investigator or co-investigator of multiple ongoing and completed clinical studies.
One nominator said, “Dr. Keppler-Noreuil is a sterling example for younger faculty who aspire to achieve a high level of professional and academic success without neglecting the other important priorities of family and personal life.”
At the commencement, Dr. Keppler-Noreuil said, “This award has given me an opportunity to reflect on how appreciative I am of the education I received at SIU School of Medicine. I think that my one-on-one interactions with faculty mentors provided an example of not only excellence in clinical and research skills but also showed me the dedication to patient care and education. After I graduated from SIU I felt empowered to pursue any path in my medical career.”
Keppler-Noreuil completed a fellowship in clinical genetics at the Laboratory of Medical Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1995) and her pediatrics residency at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark. (1992). She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and French from Grinnell College in Iowa (1984). Keppler-Noreuil is board certified in pediatrics and clinical genetics. She is a native of Lockport, Ill. and is married to Dr. Todd Noreuil, also from the SIU Class of 1989, from Springfield. They are parents of two daughters, Anna (a sophomore at Dartmouth College) and Laurel (a seventh grader).