Mar 25, 2015

Magazine Honors Two From KCU as 2015 'Heroes in Health Care'

Two of KCU's own were among those honored March 24 as “Heroes in Health Care” for 2015 by Ingram’s Magazine. Gautam Desai, DO, and Edythe Lindsey were recognized during a reception earlier today at the InterContinental Kansas City on the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Desai was honored as a “Hero in Health Care” in the medical missions category. A member of the KCU faculty since 2000, he currently serves as professor of primary care medicine, in addition to leading the University’s new global health honors track. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Desai has participated in more than 15 medical missions through his work with DOCARE International and conservatively estimates that he and other volunteers from KCU have cared for approximately 50,000 patients during that time.

Lindsey was honored as a “Hero in Health Care” in the auxiliary staff category. Lindsey, a building services custodian, has worked at KCU for more than 51 years. During that time, she has witnessed the growth of the University and experienced its many changes. She has remained loyal and dedicated to the University, she says, thanks to her love for the people at KCU, especially the students.

Mar 10, 2015

Thank You to the Following Donors for Their Support of KCU and Our Students

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) is proud to offer our students high-quality educational experiences, the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities. However, we can’t do it alone.

Philanthropic support of the University is critical to the future success of KCU and our students. Therefore, we gratefully acknowledge the following recent gifts of $50,000 or more:

  • J.E. Dunn Construction, $250,000 for the Center for Medical Simulation
  • Terrence P. and Peggy Dunn, $100,000 for the Center for Medical Simulation
  • Marc B. Hahn, DO, and Robin K. Hahn, $100,000 for capital needs
  • Claire Giannini Fund, $63,000 for Score 1 for Health
  • William T. Kemper Foundation, $250,000 for the Center for Medical Simulation
  • Larry L. Odekirk, DO (COM ‘63), and Gerry Odekirk, $100,000 IRA estate gift intention forming an endowment for scholarships and other needs
  • Reach Healthcare Foundation, $66,300 for Score 1 for Health
  • Victor E. Speas Foundation, U.S. Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, $82,000 for research equipment

For more information about how you can support KCU, please contact the Advancement Office at 816-654-7280 or

Make Plans Now to Attend Homecoming 2015 and Take Advantage of Free CME Credits

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) – now more than ever – is committed to promoting lifelong learning for our students and alumni. As evidence of that commitment, we announced last year that we will offer all KCU-College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni free CME credits for life in conjunction with future Homecoming events.

Make plans now to take advantage of this special offer for the first time during the 2015 KCU Update in Medicine, scheduled for Sept. 17-19, during Homecoming. Watch your inbox for more information and registration details coming soon!

Feb 26, 2015

New Research Consortium Brings Together Scientists from KCU, KU and UMKC to Focus on Musculoskeletal Diseases

A newly announced Musculoskeletal Disease Consortium formed by the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas Medical Center marks the first time the Kansas City area’s three health sciences universities have joined forces to advance biomedical and translational research.

The consortium, announced Feb. 25, combined the individual strengths and resources of the three institutions, and offers key opportunities, including:

  • Facilitating research and pursuit of large-scale funding
  • Improving educational opportunities for our students
  • Accelerating the process of turning discoveries into clinical treatments

Our announcement received local and national media coverage in a variety of publications, including the Kansas City Business Journal, PR Newswire and Medical News. It represents a defining moment for KCU in that it both demonstrates our commitment to the advancement of science, as well as defines us as a steadfast collaborator in the biomedical research community of Kansas City.

Feb 23, 2015

High School Students Learn About Medical School, Health Professions During KCU Visit

High school students from several area schools visited the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) campus Feb. 20 as part of the University’s Medical Student for a Day program. The event allowed students interested in pursuing careers in medical or health sciences professions an opportunity to participate in a variety of hand-on workshops and interact with KCU students.

Feb 20, 2015

Students Participate in Disaster Life Support Training

Osteopathic medical students at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) recently practiced how they would care for people injured in various types of disasters. All second-year medical students participated in the five-day course, Feb. 17-21, which was organized by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation.

Training included classroom lectures, as well as five disaster simulations designed to provide hands-on learning experiences similar to what might happen in real-world scenarios. Simulations included sounds of gunfire, explosions and use of one of KCU’s cut suits. Students learned what they should do in mass-casualty situations, how to use personal protective equipment, how to decontaminate victims and other first responders, and tactics for dealing with the unexpected. Watch video of the exercises taken by The Kansas City Star.

Feb 12, 2015

KCU Hosts Reception and Panel Discussion for New Deans of Kansas City's Three Medical Schools

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) welcomed community leaders, colleagues in academic medicine and research, and other distinguished guests to a special panel discussion and reception Feb. 11 introducing the new deans for each of Kansas City's three medical schools:

  • Bruce Dubin, DO, JD, our own provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Steven Kanter, MD, dean of the UMKC School of Medicine
  • Robert Simari, MD, executive dean of the KU School of Medicine

Approximately 300 people gathered our Academic Center to hear each dean present his own perspective on current issues in medical education and in our community. It was evident that these three high-caliber physician educators are blending their experience and expertise in medical education, research and clinical acumen to make significant impact on the future of medicine in this region.

This event marked the first time the three universities have come together to showcase the collaborative impact we have on our community. Kansas City is unique because we have three medical schools, a significant fact for a mid-size city. Together, the three schools graduate more than 600 physicians each year and we can each benefit from our close proximity to one another in order to advance medical education, research initiatives and clinical service. No other region has the opportunity to have such an impact.

Please take a moment to read the positive coverage we received in The Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Business Journal. In addition, here is a collection of 'tweets' about the event and a photo gallery from that evening.