Oct 11, 2013

Alumni Return to KCUMB to Take on Leadership Roles

Three of our prominent KCUMB alumni recently took on new roles, serving in various capacities on our Board of Trustees.

Marshall D. Walker, D.O. (COM ’72)

After having worked with KCUMB students for years in his position as director of medical education for Via Christi Health in Wichita, Kan., Dr. Walker recently became chair of KCUMB’s Board of Trustees, following the planned departure of Terry Dunn at the end of his term.

Dr. Walker served as KCUMB’s interim president and chief executive officer earlier this year, while the Board of Trustees conducted the national search for a permanent president. For his dedication to the institution, the Board of Trustees voted to bestow upon him the honor of being named KCUMB’s 13th president and chief executive officer.

Dr. Walker was also honored as one of the Wichita Business Journal’s 2013 Health Care Heroes. KCUMB is grateful for Dr. Walker’s leadership and dedication to our faculty, staff and students.

Janis Strickland Coffin, D.O. (COM ’98)

An associate professor of family medicine and medical director for the Family Medicine Center at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Strickland Coffin was installed as president of the KCUMB Alumni Association at KCUMB's Homecoming celebration in September.

Dr. Strickland Coffin has played an integral role in the Alumni Association over the past several years. She was previously the recipient of KCUMB’s Young Alumnus of the Year Award.

Dr. Strickland Coffin has received many accolades for her teaching, including the prestigious Thomas A. Sappington Award and induction into the Academy of Medical Educators. She has participated in more than 60 invited lectures, and her work has been published in more than 20 journals. In addition, she was recently awarded grant funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

Eugene A. Oliveri, D.O. (COM ’64)

A former president of the American Osteopathic Association, Dr. Oliveri has distinguished himself nationally as a leader in the osteopathic medical profession. He recently returned to KCUMB to serve as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, Dr. Oliveri has served as assistant dean and professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and also as chair of the Department of Gastroenterology at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich.