July 28, 2022
Hektoen International, (www.hekint.org) an online – only journal dedicated to the medical humanities, received notification on July 26, 2022 that it was named a recipient of an APEX Award of Excellence in the Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – electronic publications category for the third year in a row. The APEX Awards, an competition for 33 years for publishers, editors, writers, and designers, annual are sponsored by Communications Concepts.
Hektoen International debuted in 2008 and features more than 3,000 articles submitted by U.S. and international authors on medical humanities topics such as ethics, nursing, antiquity, neurology, surgery, psychiatry, end-of-life and hospitals of note. Hektoen International also presents content in a variety of formats including personal essays, book reviews, art essays/flashes, poetry and vignettes. Promoted as an interface of medicine, culture and education, Hektoen International has a vast reach of more than 40,000 subscribers and averages more than 1 million on-line visitors a year
According to the journal’s founder and Editor-in-Chief Dr. George Dunea, “we honor our authors, and thank our readers for the opportunity to unite medicine with culture.” Dr. Dunea is also the President and CEO of the Hektoen Institute of Medical Research. Other 2022 APEX award winners included:
- AARP The Magazine
- The Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
- The Journal of Occupational Therapy Education
- Men’s Health magazine
- Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
In 2021, the winner of Hektoen International’s annual Grand Prix essay contest was C. Louis Leipoldt: the polymath physician and literary giant by Stephen Finn. Other popular Hektoen International posts in 2021 were:
- The Girl with a Pearl Earring – a vanitas
- On the way to school
- Love and death; painting the farewell
About the Hektoen Institute of Medical Research
Named after noted researcher, Dr. Ludvig Hektoen, the Hektoen Institute of Medicine was founded in 1943 by a group of prominent Cook County physicians as a venue for funding and conducting medical research and education. Over several decades, Hektoen has conducted medical research resulting in the publication of more than 2,700 scientific papers. It has also advanced medical education through lectures, symposia, and fellowships.
Hektoen has historically risen to the occasion for the good of the public health of Chicago. For example, triggered by the HIV-AIDS crisis in the 1990’s, Hektoen re-invented itself into a comprehensive, prolific, grants management operation. It is also an international leader in the promotion of the medical humanities and is the supporter of and/or partner in numerous community organizations, such as Nurses and the Humanities, Luminarts, Youth Guidance, the Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and the Foxglove Alliance Chicago health care coalition.