Hektoen International wins 2020 APEX Award


 August 1, 2020







Chicago, Illinois – Hektoen International, an online only journal dedicated to the medical humanities, was recently named one of the recipients of the 2020 APEX Award of Excellence in the Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – electronic publications category.  The APEX Awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts and have held the annual competition for 32 years for publishers, editors, writers, and designers.

First published in 2008, Hektoen International (hekint.org) currently features more than 2,000 articles written by U.S. and international authors on various medical humanities topics, such as end-of-life, ethics, history and antiquity, art, literature, science, nursing and war & veterans, and has offerings in a variety of formats including narratives, poetry, visual art, essays and vignettes.  Published quarterly, Hektoen International has a vast reach and more than 54,000 subscribers.  More than 1 million on-line visitors read the journal every year.  It also hosts two writing contests a year, including an annual Grand Prix essay contest.

According to the journal’s founder and editor-in-chief Dr. George Dunea, “Hektoen International serves as an educational offering of the Hektoen Institute of Medical Research. We view it as a unique repository of priceless information at the interface of medicine, culture, and education and provide it at no charge to our readers and subscribers.  We graciously accept this acknowledgement of our work and dedication to promoting the importance of the medical humanities.”  Dr. Dunea is also the President and CEO of the Hektoen Institute of Medical Research.

Other 2020 APEX award winners included:

  • American Association of Retired Persons – Livable Communities
  • American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress Daily Highlights Newsletter
  • AARP – Disrupt Aging Newsletter
  • NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center X-Press
  • Inside Surgery Magazine
  • American Academy of Dermatology – Dermatology World
  • Multiple Sclerosis Association of America – The Motivator magazine
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery journal
  • American Journal of Nursing


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 also has 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 Luminarts, Youth Guidance, the Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and the Foxglove Alliance Chicago health care coalition.



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