Alumni Profiles    

Felipe E. Bustillo, III, ’74
      Distinguished Alumnus,  2003

The Park University Alumni Association has named Felipe E. Bustillo, III, M. D., as the recipient of a 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his professional accomplishments and community service.

Bustillo, a physician specializing in pharmaceutical research, has established two research companies. He is president and CEO of the Heart of America Research Institute, and CEO of Harrison Clinical Research USA, located in Shawnee, Kansas. Both companies perform clinical research in a variety of fields, including diabetes, allergies, obstetrics, vaccines, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and infectious diseases. Bustillo has conducted more than 300 clinical research studies.

As a research professional and entrepreneur, Bustillo has been recognized for his expertise. In 2001, Kansas Governor Bill Graves selected Bustillo to represent Kansas small businesses during a visit with President George W. Bush. He served five years as trustee of the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and one year as its vice president of finance. AAPP is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the ethics and professionalism of pharmaceutical physicians as well as the welfare of their patients.

In addition to his success as a research physician, Bustillo plays a continual role in his community. He has been the Reach Out chair of the Third Congressional District of the Republican Party of Kansas, and is active in the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, and the Elks.

In his letter nominating Bustillo for this award, friend and classmate Luigi Lombardi, ’74, recalled knowing when “we were students at Park University that (Bustillo) was destined for great things.” Lombardi added that he was “amazed at how well (Bustillo) dedicated and balanced himself with his studies and found time for assisting others.”

By all definitions of the term, Felipe Bustillo was a “non-traditional” student. He entered Park as a returning Vietnam Era veteran in 1971, at the age of 24. Bustillo also was an international student. His family had immigrated to America from Cuba in the early 1960s. Even so, he chose to support his adopted country in its military endeavors before starting his college education.

In spite of personal challenges, Bustillo earned academic honors. At the same time he was active in Park’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega and the Saber and Quill Society, an organization for veterans and active duty personnel that was dedicated to assisting members and others with the challenges of adjusting to civilian life during the anti-war turmoil of the early 1970s. Lombardi, also a veteran, attributes Bustillo’s ability to “build a bridge over this difficult period” as one of the major reasons members were able to get on with their lives.

Today Bustillo balances his professional and community activities with his dedication to family and friends. He and wife, Stacey, have three sons, ages 19, 17 and 13.

Lombardi summarized his nomination of Bustillo, “He’s a credit to his family, community, medical practice and his country. I share Park University’s pride in him. I guess I’m just plain proud of my friend."




At awards banquet with
President Byers-Pevitts

as a student at Park