Dec 11, 2014

Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Visits KCU

Leaders from throughout the Kansas City community gathered Dec. 9 at KCU to explore the impact of healthcare and aging from various perspectives and to discuss issues that need to be addressed. The visit by those involved with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Centurions Leadership Program focused on the "Impact and Future of Healthcare Reform."

While on the KCU campus, the group heard from a panel that included Marc Hahn, DO, KCU president and chief executive officer, as well as Marshaun Butler, of Children's Mercy Hospital; Hilda Fuentes, of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center; and Bruce Bagley, of TransforMed. Rick Kahle, of Lockton, served as the moderator. In addition, guests saw a cut suit demonstration and learned about our high-tech human patient simulators.

Since 1976, Centurions has earned a reputation for being a training ground for future Kansas City leaders. The two-year program focuses on building leadership skills and community awareness by organizing and participating in community initiatives.

KCU's own Richard Winslow, Ph.D., vice provost for student and enrollment services, is currently a Centurions member. KCU has been an active supporter of Centurions for more than a decade, sponsoring employees to represent the University in each class since 2003.

Dec 5, 2014

KCU Hosts Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Meeting

Kansas City Mayor Sly James
Leaders from Kansas City’s municipal government, school district, local nonprofit organizations and others met Dec. 4 at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) to discuss how they could work together to create a brighter future for the Paseo Gateway area. The meeting, geared toward applying for up to $30 million in federal funding for revitalizing the neighborhood, took place in the Butterworth Alumni Center.

The Paseo Gateway area, near the KCU campus, was selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the recipient of a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning grant. The goal of the initiative is to use the transformation of public housing – in this case, the Chouteau Courts public housing complex – as a catalyst for improving the quality of life for both public housing residents and those living in surrounding neighborhoods.

Dec 3, 2014

Employees Participate in Special Score 1 for Health Screening Event

KCU faculty and staff joined students Dec. 2 for a special Score 1 for Health screening event. Volunteers conducted health screenings alongside second-year osteopathic medical students and their faculty mentors. View our photo gallery.

The annual employee participation event, which took place at Garfield and Wheatley elementary schools in the Kansas City (Mo.) School District, provide a great way for employees to get a glimpse of what Score 1 for Health does and to further the University’s mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”

Nov 24, 2014

Applications to All KCUMB Programs Show Tremendous Growth

More students than ever before are applying for admission to KCUMB’s two colleges.

KCUMB’s College of Osteopathic Medicine leads all osteopathic medical schools for percentage increase in applications as compared with one year earlier. According to data provided by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS), KCUMB had received 5,287 applications as of Nov. 21, an increase of 36 percent. In fact, KCUMB’s growth in applications is more than twice the average of 17 percent for other colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Numbers for the University’s other degree programs are just as impressive. The one-year bioethics program, which recently became part of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, has received 59 applications compared with only four at the same time last year.

Combined applications to both the one- and two-year biomedical sciences tracks currently stand at 570, compared with only 34 at the same time last year.

Nov 20, 2014

KCUMB Hosts 23rd Annual Research Symposium

Students and faulty mentors gathered to showcase their research Nov. 19 during the 23rd annual KCUMB Research Symposium. The theme for the event, which included more than 30 research presentations, was "Seeing Osteopathic Medicine Differently: Structure and Function are Reciprocally Interrelated."

Flavia Costa, Ph.D., research instructor in the College of Biosciences, served as chair for the event, and Steven Gustafson, D.O., assistant professor of pathology, was the co-chair. Keynote speakers were Pedro Lowenstein, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and Lynda Bonewald, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and Center of Excellence in the Study of Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues (CEMT). View our photo gallery.

Award recipients were:
  • The Norbert W. Seidler, Ph.D., Prize for Research (First Place): Richard Thompson, "The Effects of Obesity on the Pharmacokinetics of Pantoprazole and CYP2C19 Activity in Children and Adolescents with GERD"
  • Second Place: Megan Ottomeyer, "Evaluation of Ciclopirox and Auranofen as Potential Chemotherapeutic Agents for Use Against Osteosarcoma"
  • Third Place: Kanwar Singh, "Respiratory Health Among Low-Income Residents of Subsidized Housing Complexes"
  • Betty Jo White, D.O., FACOS, Prize for Research: Flavia Costa, Ph.D., "Induction of Fetal Hemoglobin by Transcriptional Co-Activator TSPYL1"

Nov 2, 2014

KCUMB Students' Training Efforts Culminate with Leading Children in 5K Run

A group of first- and second-year osteopathic medical students at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences volunteered their time the past several weeks to train children for a 5K run. On Sunday, Nov. 2, the KCUMB students experienced the joy of running alongside those children as they accomplished their goal of completing the 29th annual Cliff Hanger Run in Kansas City, Mo.

Approximately 15 members of the Fit Doctors Association, a student organization at KCUMB, partnered with three elementary schools near the campus to train third- through eighth-graders in preparation for the Cliff Hanger Run. KCUMB purchased new running shoes for each of the 70 children who participated in the training program, approximately 30 of whom ran in the race.

The KCUMB Cliff Hanger Kids Training Team, as the group calls itself, gathered weekly at Scuola Vita Nuova, Garfield Elementary and Gladstone Elementary to lead training sessions, serve as mentors for the children and teach them about healthy lifestyles. Their efforts highlight another way KCUMB is fulfilling its mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”

View our photo gallery.
Read about our efforts in The Kansas City Star.
Read about our efforts in the Northeast News.
See coverage on KSHB TV.

Oct 31, 2014

KCUMB Hosts Alumni During Annual AOA OMED Conference

More than 280 KCUMB alumni joined their colleagues from across the country Oct. 25-29 during the American Osteopathic Association’s 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

In addition to participating in continuing medical education sessions and networking with others, KCUMB alumni stopped by the University’s booth in the main exhibit hall to get an overview of all the ways we are fulfilling our mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.” View our conference photo gallery.

KCUMB also hosted a special alumni reception Oct. 27 at Chihuly Garden and Glass, where the 2014 Alumni Association Awards were presented in front of approximately 275 people in attendance. View our reception photo gallery.

Next year, OMED will serve as a joint conference of all the major specialty colleges. The event is scheduled for Oct. 17-21 in Orlando, Fla.

Oct 30, 2014

Administration Building Renovations, Dybedal Center for Research Improvements Underway as Campus Master Plan Progresses

Administration Building interior demolition
KCUMB continues to move forward with projects included in our Campus Master Plan, with work now shifting to the Administration Building and the Dybedal Center for Research.

With all employees moved out of the building and the successful auction of furnishings, interior demolition of the Administration Building is currently in progress and will continue through the end of the year. The building interior is being removed down to structural features and will be replaced with a state-of-the-art, modern work environment, with plenty of open space for collaboration, meeting rooms and a welcome center for campus visitors. Construction crews have already removed truckloads of material that will be re-used or donated to local charities.

Construction of new research laboratory space in the Dybedal Center for Research is also underway. The work includes a large laboratory, a confocal microscope room, a cell culture room, and adjacent animal holding and procedure rooms. Select upgrades to the building lobby and utility improvements for other laboratory spaces are being performed in conjunction with this work, which will be ready for occupancy in January.

For more information on other aspects of the Campus Master Plan, visit www.kcumb.edu/Future.

Oct 28, 2014

Alumni Association Honors Six During Annual Awards Ceremony

Thousands of KCUMB alumni make immeasurable impacts on their communities daily. Whether it's through patient care, service to civic groups, professional leadership or other means, their actions reflect positively on themselves and their alma mater.

On Oct. 27, the KCUMB Alumni Association honored six deserving individuals by naming them as award recipients. Those recognized during KCUMB's alumni reception at AOA in Seattle were:

Alumnus of the Year Award (Two Recipients)
Leonard Calabrese, D.O. (COM '75)
Robert Juhasz, D.O. (COM '81)

Alumni Achievement Award
Donald Tarr, D.O. (COM '59)

Young Alumni Achievement Award
Nathan Hall, D.O. (COM '10), M.S. (COB '06)

Alumni Service Award
Ronald Holt, D.O. (COM '93)

Star-Spangled Banner Medallion
Marshall Walker, D.O. (COM '72)

View our reception photo gallery.

Oct 27, 2014

Kansas City Business Journal Profiles New College of Biosciences Dean

The Kansas City Business Journal featured our own Robert White, Ph.D., in an Oct. 24 story, “Newsmaker: KCUMB’s White Answers When Opportunity Knocks.” A member of KCUMB’s faculty since 2010, Dr. White was named dean of the College of Biosciences in August. Dr. White shared his research interests, particularly in regard to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, as well as his desire to grow the College of Biosciences by adding additional degree programs.

Oct 3, 2014

Presentation Highlights the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Education

We were fortunate to hear a presentation Oct. 3 by Marc Nivet, MBA, Ed.D., regarding ways in which the medical profession – medical schools, in particular – can better achieve excellence in research, education and patient care by becoming more inclusive of students from differing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dr. Nivet, chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, gave an informative presentation, "Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine: From Fairness to Excellence," to first- and second-year osteopathic medical students, faculty and staff in the Academic Center on the KCUMB campus. In addition, he met with members of the campus leadership to discuss strategies at improving inclusivity on our campus.

Dr. Nivet is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a former president of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators. He currently serves the academic medical community on a variety of boards, including the National Institutes of Health's National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Health Professions National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Medical College Roundtable, among others.

Oct 2, 2014

AOCA Inducts KCUMB President as a Fellow

The American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists honored KCUMB’s president and chief executive officer during its annual convention Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Dr. Hahn, an anesthesiologist, was one of six osteopathic physicians awarded fellowship in the AOCA on Sept. 30.

Sep 26, 2014

Missouri Biotechnology Association Members Visit KCUMB Campus



Members of the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MoBio) visited the KCUMB campus on Sept. 25 as part of a statewide tour with legislators to promote engagement between Missouri's policymakers and the state's biotechnology leaders. Warren Love and David Wood, both members of the Missouri House of Representatives, and Brian Munzlinger, a member of the Missouri Senate, were among those who attended. Jeffrey Joyce, Ph.D., vice president for research, and Robert White, Ph.D., dean of the College of Biosciences, gave state legislators a glimpse of KCUMB's renewed focus on research.

Sep 25, 2014

Alumni Return to KCUMB for Homecoming "Beneath the Cottonwood"


Nearly 200 alumni and their guests gathered “Beneath the Cottonwood” Sept. 18-20 for this year’s Homecoming celebration on the KCUMB campus.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to reminisce with former classmates and friends, participate in continuing medical education (CME) courses, enjoy some Kansas City-style barbecue, tour the beautiful campus and soak in all the changes that have taken place over the years. If you haven’t been back to campus for several years, you will be amazed. View our photo gallery.

The majority of CME courses took place inside the University’s new Academic Center, offering alumni a first-hand look at the state-of-the-art learning environment used by the next generation of osteopathic physicians.

Speaking of CME, did we mention that KCUMB now offers our alumni free CME credits for life during Homecoming celebrations? Yes, free! Participate in the 15th annual Fall CME Scientific Seminar and Update in Clinical Medicine during Homecoming 2015 and all CME courses will be free to KCUMB-College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni.

Couldn’t Make Homecoming This Year?

Mark your calendar now for next year’s Homecoming celebration, scheduled for Sept. 24-26, 2015. Be among the first to take advantage of KCUMB’s free CME credits for alumni!

Sep 23, 2014

New Physicians' Hall of Sponsors Scholarship Honors Former Board Chair

The most recent scholarship inducted into the Physicians’ Hall of Sponsors (PHOS) honors the profound impact a former chair of KCUMB’s Board of Trustees made on the University during his tenure.

Darwin J. Strickland, D.O. (COM ’65), and Suzanne Strickland established a PHOS scholarship honoring the leadership of Terrence P. Dunn, who served two terms on the Board of Trustees, including as the group’s chair from 2011-2013. Dunn, the president and chief executive officer of J.E. Dunn Construction Group, also received the University's highest honorary degree, the doctor of humane letters, in May 2014.

Since 1996, PHOS scholarships have been awarded to deserving students who demonstrate need and who exhibit potential for excellence in their chosen medical fields. KCUMB currently has approximately 90 PHOS scholarships, which are fully funded with a minimum of $25,000. Scholarships may be funded through one-time gifts or over a period of up to five years.

Sep 22, 2014

Alumni Classes Earn Recognition

Class of 1974
Three of the most prestigious awards for alumni participation and dedication to KCUMB were recently announced.

2014 Butterworth Award
The Butterworth Award, named in memory of Mary Lou Butterworth, D.O. (COM '54), former dean of alumni affairs emeritus, is presented to the class with the highest attendance during Homecoming weekend. With 16 of their fellow classmates in attendance for their 40-year class reunion, the Class of 1974 earned the 2014 Butterworth Award during Homecoming.

2013-2014 Strickland Reunion Challenge Award
The Strickland Reunion Challenge Award, named in honor of Darwin J. Strickland, D.O. (COM '65), a member of KCUMB's Board of Trustees, for his outstanding commitment to building alumni participation, is presented to the reunion class with the highest total donations between June 1, 2013, and Sept. 18, 2014. This year’s winning class is the Class of 1979, which raised nearly $35,000 for KCUMB and its students.

2013-2014 Conley Award
The Conley Award, named for Dr. George Conley, the first president of the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery (now KCUMB), is presented to the class with the highest donor participation percentage during the fiscal year. This year’s recipient of the Conley Award is the Class of 1965, which garnered more than 51 percent participation and has won the award each year since its inception in 1998.

Sep 19, 2014

KCUMB Offers College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Free CME During Future Homecoming Events

KCUMB – now more than ever – is committed to promoting lifelong learning for our students and alumni. As evidence of that commitment, the University announced that it will offer all KCUMB-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 during the next Fall CME Scientific Seminar and Update in Clinical Medicine, scheduled for Sept. 17-19, 2015, during Homecoming.

Find out more by visiting with KCUMB representatives Oct. 25-29 during the American Osteopathic Association's 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle. Stop by KCUMB's booth (#910) for details. We hope to see you there.

Sep 18, 2014

KCUMB Alumni Association Installs New Officers

Dr. Feder
The KCUMB Alumni Association chose a full slate of new officers during the organization’s at its annual meeting of members Sept. 18 during Homecoming on the KCUMB campus.

Those elected to leadership positions were:
  • Joel Feder, D.O. (COM ’75), president
  • Cameron Knackstedt, D.O. (COM ’75), president-elect
  • Ross Sciara, D.O. (COM ’71), vice president
  • Mary Franz, D.O. (COM ’91), treasurer
  • Janis Strickland Coffin, D.O. (COM ’98), immediate past president
Other current members of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors are:
  • Paul Dybedal, D.O. (COM ’54)
  • Frederick Flynn, D.O. (COM ’76)
  • William Halacoglu, D.O. (COM ’91)
  • Nathan Hall, D.O. (COM ’10), M.S. (COB ’06)
  • Cameron Knackstedt, D.O. (COM ’75)
  • Thomas Randoll, D.O. (COM ’05)
  • Jeffrey Schlachter, D.O. (COM ’76)
  • Mark Schwartz, D.O. (COM ’10)
  • Daryn Staley, D.O. (COM ’00)
  • Darwin Strickland, D.O. (COM ’65)
  • Adam Whaley-Connell, D.O. (COM ’01)
  • Leslie Wiscombe, D.O. (COM ’71)
Are you interested in serving a four-year term on the KCUMB Alumni Association’s Board of Directors? Nominate yourself or another Alumni Association member at www.kcumb.edu/AlumniBoard. You must be an active (dues paid) member of the Alumni Association to make a nomination. If your membership is not currently active, visit www.kcumb.edu/AlumniDues to pay the $50 annual dues.

Sep 16, 2014

Leading ALS Researcher Joins KCUMB

KCUMB recently made a strategic shift to focus on advancing the scientific exploration of biomedical and translational research. As part of this effort, we are proud to announce the appointment of Jingsong Zhou, Ph.D., as a research investigator and professor of physiology in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Zhou is an international leader in neuromuscular disease research, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She has been on the cutting edge of biotechnology of Calcium imaging in living cells and is credited for the development of molecular biosensors of the mitochondria (the power plant for all cells), which has broad applications in a number of diseases.

As research investigator, Dr. Zhou’s responsibilities will include leading key biomedical and translational research initiatives, particularly in the neuroscience arena, collaborating with researchers at other local organizations, including the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and its key stakeholders, and providing student research opportunities.

Dr. Zhou is currently receiving grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. She previously served as an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Rush University School of Medicine in Chicago. Prior to that, she was a research associate for the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and worked as a teaching and research assistant for the Department of Physiology at Hunan Medical University in China.

With these hires, KCUMB is making a significant commitment to expand our laboratory facilities on campus, establish a scientific core in the neurosciences and invest in additional scientific research equipment to enhance campus-wide research efforts.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Zhou, an important addition to the scholarly foundation of our University and an excellent research mentor for our students. Read additional coverage of our research efforts in the Kansas City Business Journal.

Sep 15, 2014

Osteopathic Medical Students Learn About Residency Programs

First- and second-year osteopathic medical students began gathering information about residency opportunities during KCUMB's Hospital Day, which took place Sept. 12 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.

Hospital Day provides students an opportunity to meet with hospital representatives from across the country, discuss what specialties most interest them and begin the process of narrowing down which programs best fit their career goals. KCUMB's Office of Community Clinical Education hosts the annual event, which serves as one way the University is working toward its strategic goal of enhancing student success.

Sep 11, 2014

Join KCUMB for the 2014 AOA Conference in Seattle

Make plans now to join fellow KCUMB alumni and other osteopathic physicians from across the country Oct. 25-29 during the 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

OMED is the year’s premier osteopathic event, offering continuing medical education opportunities, professional development sessions and plenty of time for networking with fellow osteopathic physicians from across the country. For more information or to register, visit the OMED website.

While there, be sure to attend a special reception for KCUMB alumni at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. Watch for more details coming soon.

Sep 10, 2014

Submit Nominations Today for the 2014 Alumni Awards

Know of a KCUMB alumnus who deserves recognition for his or her outstanding achievements? Nominate deserving individuals for the 2014 KCUMB Alumni Awards.

Active members of the KCUMB Alumni Association are eligible to submit nominations for the Alumni Awards by visiting www.kcumb.edu/AlumniAwards. Nominations must include a statement of support and, if possible, CV or resume. There is no limit on the number of nominations you can make, although you must be an active member (annual dues paid or life member) of the KCUMB Alumni Association to make nominations.

Hurry! Make your nominations before the Sept. 26 deadline.

The KCUMB Alumni Association will present its annual Alumni Awards Oct. 27 at a special KCUMB reception during the American Osteopathic Association’s 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

Awards that may be presented are:

  • Alumnus of the Year Award
  • Alumni Achievement Award
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Alumni Service Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Star-Spangled Banner Medallion

Past award recipients are not eligible to win in the same category as their previous awards. A complete list of past award recipients is also available online.

Not a member of the KCUMB Alumni Association? Join Today for Only $50

Annual dues for the KCUMB Alumni Association are only $50, making it an easy and affordable way to support programs for KCUMB students and alumni. Visit www.kcumb.edu/AlumniDues to join or contact the Advancement Office at 816-654-7280 or alumniassociation@kcumb.edu.

Sep 4, 2014

KCUMB Receives $1 Million Gift from Late Alum's Estate

Dr. Geb
We are sad to report that William Geb, D.O. (COM ’50), passed away June 19 in Oklahoma City at the age of 89. Dr. Geb was a proud supporter of KCUMB and was grateful for the educational opportunities he received, which made possible his career in medicine.

Through a trust he established several years ago, Dr. Geb chose to pay it forward by generously allocating a significant portion of his estate to KCUMB, resulting in a gift to the University of at least $1 million so far. There will be another distribution from his estate at a later date.

Dr. Geb’s gift is one of the largest in the history of our University. We appreciate the generosity shown by he and his family. Read more about Dr. Geb in the next issue of KCUMB Magazine coming this winter.

Sep 2, 2014

National Science Foundation Awards Grant to KCUMB, Partners

How do food properties and feeding behaviors influence the evolution of eating habits in primates? Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Barth Wright, Ph.D., and Kristin Wright, Ph.D., anatomy professors at KCUMB, will join other researchers in trying to answer that question by integrating observations of feeding behavior in the wild with laboratory experiments using advanced computer modeling and engineering methods.


The NSF grant will allow KCUMB faculty to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Chicago, State University of New York at Albany and Rutgers University to evaluate how dietary behavior, food resources and the biology of our human ancestors interrelate, affecting our understanding of human evolutionary history. It’s also another example of KCUMB’s collaborative approach to research.

Dr. Barth Wright received his master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kristin Wright received her Ph.D. in life sciences and evolutionary biology from Northwestern University.


NSF is an independent federal agency created in 1950 to promote science to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare. NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which 11,000 are funded.

Sep 1, 2014

KCUMB Hosts Cycling Event to Benefit Mental Health

KCUMB served as the title sponsor and we were proud to host a rest stop Sept. 1 for cyclists riding in the annual Bike for the Brain event, which raises money for Kansas City agencies that enhance the lives of people with mental health challenges.

Several KCUMB students took part in the event, which began in 2006 and continues to grow each year. Approximately 350 cyclists participated, along with nearly 100 volunteers. The ride raised more than $26,000.

View our photo gallery.



Aug 29, 2014

Last Chance: Register Now for Homecoming "Beneath the Cottonwood" Sept. 18-20

It’s not too late! Make plans now to join your classmates Sept. 18-20 “Beneath the Cottonwood” for Homecoming on the KCUMB campus. Register at www.kcumb.edu/Homecoming.

  • Reminisce with former classmates, friends and faculty
  • Earn up to 25 hours of CME credit by attending the 14th annual Fall CME Scientific Seminar and Update in Clinical Medicine
  • Take a student-led tour of KCUMB’s beautiful campus, including the new Academic Center
  • Attend a special alumni reception
  • Learn more about the Campus Master Plan and view an architectural model of planned improvements
  • Participate in special reunion gatherings for the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.


Aug 22, 2014

KCUMB Representative Participates in Congressman's Town Hall

Jeffrey Joyce, Ph.D., vice president for research, recently had the honor of serving as a panelist during a Town Hall Forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder in Overland Park, Kan.

The forum, which took place Aug. 19, focused on the impact that research funded by the National Institutes of Health makes on the Kansas City area. The panel included individuals from NIH-funded institutions, local entrepreneurial companies and patients that are directly benefitting from NIH research.

Dr. Joyce has 28 years of research experience, including 15 in administrative roles. He is an internationally known researcher and pharmaceutical consultant in central nervous system drug discovery, and his work has led to target development for drug discovery in both schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. At KCUMB, Dr. Joyce is tasked primarily with helping the University achieve its strategic goal of enhancing research activity.

Along with Dr. Joyce, panelists included: Steve O’Connor, chief executive officer for ImpeDx Diagnostics, Inc.; Douglas Girod, M.D., executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center; Scott Weir, Pharm.D., Ph.D., director of the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation at the University of Kansas; and Leesa Gabel, a cancer survivor and volunteer with the Livestrong Foundation.

Aug 20, 2014

College of Biosciences Students Help Feed Hungry Kansas City Families

On Aug. 15, new College of Biosciences students had their first opportunity to help KCUMB fulfill its mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.” Approximately 40 biomedical sciences students, along with two students in the one-year, stand-alone bioethics program, sorted donated food at Harvesters Community Food Network in Kansas City, Mo.

Harvesters is a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. It provides food and related household products to more than 620 nonprofit agencies, including food pantries, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others.

Along with the students, faculty and staff participants included Marshall Andersen, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Biosciences; Julie Fountain, LMS administrator and instructional trainer in Information Technology; Britt Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioethics; and Deb Mitchell, administrative assistant in the Division of Social Medicine. View our photo gallery.

Aug 18, 2014

Student Organization Goes Above and Beyond to Provide Physicals for Boy Scouts

When members of KCUMB’s chapter of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy provided free physicals earlier this year for Boy Scouts, they knew they were helping boys who otherwise may not have been able to afford a doctor’s visit. The Boy Scouts in Troop 221 appreciated the free physicals they received in April, which meant they would be allowed to attend summer camp.

Unfortunately, the troop’s vehicle was stolen in June – and inside it, all the required forms from the free physicals SAAO members had performed. While the vehicle was recovered, the forms were not. 

SAAO members quickly rallied volunteers for a second series of physicals, which they performed in time for the Boy Scouts to attend camp. This is a great example of how our students are making a difference in the community.

Aug 15, 2014

Missouri Biotechnology Association President Tours KCUMB

I had the pleasure of meeting with Kelly Gillespie, executive director of the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO), on Aug. 11. I shared with him KCUMB’s commitment to advancing research as an institution and as a member of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.

MOBIO is a nonprofit trade association composed of a broad cross-section of companies, institutions of higher education, research organizations and related firms involved in research, development and commercialization of the life sciences. MOBIO members promote economic development in Missouri by supporting life science research and practical applications that benefit the general population. The primary goal of MOBIO is to make new discoveries available to everyone.

By working with groups such as MOBIO, we at KCUMB can help transform not only our own institution, but all of Kansas City into a hub for life sciences research.

Aug 13, 2014

Children's Mercy Hospital Executives Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at KCUMB

In July 2013, we unveiled a comprehensive, five-year Campus Master Plan designed to both identify needed facilities upgrades and create a state-of-the-art medical and health sciences campus for the future. As part of that plan, extensive renovations will soon begin on our Administration Building, which served as the original home for Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Before the renovations got underway, we invited some of those affiliated with Children’s Mercy Hospital to tour the building and tell us more about its history. It was fascinating to learn more about our Administration Building's past, such as when Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig stopped by to visit hospitalized children, and to share with them our plans for its future. Read more about it in the Kansas City Business Journal.

Aug 2, 2014

A New Era Begins with Academic Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Faculty, staff, students and community leaders gathered Aug. 2 for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of our new Academic Center.

The Academic Center, nestled between the D’Angelo Library and the Student Activities Center, is a state-of-the-art facility housing two large lecture halls, as well as rooms for smaller breakout sessions and training. It is the start of KCUMB’s five-year, $60 million Campus Master Plan, which will create a state-of-the-art medical and health sciences campus for the future. View our photo gallery.

The Academic Center is the first of several initiatives to improve our campus and realize KCUMB’s vision to become the most student-focused medical university in the nation. It is one of many steps we are taking to improve our campus, provide our students with the best training facilities, and make a visible and significant commitment to our Northeast Neighborhood.

By renovating the former Weaver Auditorium space, KCUMB was able to complete the Academic Center for approximately $4 million less than the cost of new construction. A wall in the Academic Center will soon recognize donors to the building, and plaques from the original Weaver Auditorium seating are now affixed to students’ desks in the Academic Center.

In addition, 93 percent of the materials used in the original building were repurposed to ensure minimal waste was sent to landfills. Helix Architecture and Design, along with general contractor McCown Gordon, accomplished sustainability goals by sending original auditorium seats to other academic institutions, recycling wood for use throughout the building and reclaiming other building materials.

As a result of these efforts, the Academic Center is poised to become KCUMB’s first LEED-certified building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices, based upon four levels of certification. KCUMB has submitted the documentation necessary to apply for a LEED Silver rating.

For more information or to see progress on other portions of the Campus Master Plan, visit www.kcumb.edu/Future.

KCUMB Welcomes the Class of 2018 with Community Service, Traditional White Coating

KCUMB welcomed 275 incoming first-year osteopathic medical students the week of July 28-Aug. 2 with a variety of orientation activities designed to both acclimate them to the curriculum and inform them of important policies and procedures for a successful University experience.

Among the highlights:
  • We Care Community Service Day: On Thursday, July 31, our students partnered with 15 area organizations to provide needed services, such as gardening, cleaning, painting, cooking and preparing school supplies. For more than 18 years, the annual We Care Community Service Day has been a great introduction to our mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.” View our photo gallery.
  • School Picnic: After a productive day serving others, new students and their families gathered for a picnic at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. Faculty, staff and their families also enjoyed the picnic, which both welcomes students and thanks employees for their commitment to student success. After enjoying barbecue under a tent, we moved inside to watch the Royals earn a hard-fought win over the Minnesota Twins. View our photo gallery.
  • White Coating Ceremony: Our 275 incoming osteopathic medical students donned the traditional white coats of physicians for the first time Aug. 2 during the annual White Coating Ceremony at The Music Hall in Kansas City, Mo. Members of the Class of 2018 also recited the Osteopathic Oath. The touching ceremony, which emphasizes the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for patients, featured a keynote address by Eugene Oliveri, D.O. (COM ’64), a member of our Board of Trustees, during which he talked about the many responsibilities inherent with wearing a physician's white coat. Other speakers included: Marshall Walker, D.O. (COM ’72), chair of KCUMB's Board of Trustees; Marc B. Hahn, D.O., president and chief executive officer; Bruce Dubin, D.O., J.D., executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine; Janis Strickland-Coffin, D.O. (COM ’98), president of the Alumni Association; and Justin Penny, president of the Student Senate and a second-year osteopathic medical student. View our photo gallery.

Aug 1, 2014

University Names New College of Biosciences Dean

Please join me in congratulating Robert White, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and medical genetics, on recently being named as the new dean of KCUMB’s College of Biosciences. Dr. White had served as associate dean for the College of Biosciences since 2012.

He replaces Douglas Rushing, Ph.D., who stepped down as dean of the College of Biosciences on June 30. Dr. Rushing remains a full-time professor of biochemistry at KCUMB through the end of 2014. At that time, he will transition to a part-time role, with his primary responsibility being his work overseeing the University’s recently formed strategic leadership teams.

Dr. White trained at The Jackson Laboratory at Boston College, where he earned a doctoral degree in biology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston. Before coming to KCUMB in 2010, he served as the director of the Mouse Genetics Research Laboratory at Children’s Mercy Hospital for 17 years.

Dr. White is the author of more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, Genomics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA and Nature Genetics. He has been the recipient of several extramural grants, including a large grant from the March of Dimes. He was also the recipient of the Kansas City Science Pioneer Award from the March of Dimes in 2004.

We look forward to continuing to grow our College of Biosciences programs with Dr. White’s leadership.

Jul 23, 2014

The Kansas City Star Newspaper Publishes Our Op-Ed on Access to Health Care, Physician Shortage

As we are all aware, the United States is currently facing a shortage of physicians that contributes to difficulties patients face in accessing health care. It is a problem that will only worsen over time, unless we address the cap on graduate medical education (GME) funding.

The Kansas City Star published an article July 22 in its “As I See It” column that I submitted on behalf of our University regarding access to health care and the looming shortage of physicians, especially in primary care.

Medical schools can address the initial education of physicians, as we have already done by increasing the size of incoming classes at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Our College of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome 270
first-year students next week, making it the largest class size in the region.

GME is primarily funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A report on GME governance and funding is due from the Institute of Medicine in the next few weeks, and will likely make some difficult recommendations.

Solving the problems that have plagued our GME system for nearly two decades will take a team effort. The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences stands ready to assist in making the changes necessary to help our own graduates fulfill their career goals, while also increasing patients’ access to health care in the future. Please consider what you can also do to become part of the solution.

Jul 21, 2014

Unified GME Accreditation System Offers New Opportunities

During its annual meeting July 19 in Chicago, the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates voted to endorse the AOA’s decision to pursue a new, single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. This is important news that marks a milestone for the future of osteopathic medicine and for graduates of our College of Osteopathic Medicine.

When fully implemented in July 2020, the new system will allow graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and to demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies.

The historic vote by the AOA’s House of Delegates, which represents approximately 104,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students, comes after an announcement in February that the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the AOA and the ACGME had reached an agreement to work together to prepare future generations of physicians.

This can be viewed as a win for the public, as well as for graduates in training. All will benefit from a single, standardized system to evaluate the effectiveness of GME programs for producing competent physicians. The new GME accreditation system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to health care n the United States through osteopathic-focused residency programs.

Although there is much to be done to effectively usher in this new accreditation process, the opportunities this will present to our graduates will be limitless.

Read the statement released by the AOA. Read the statement released by the ACGME.

KCUMB Earns Media Coverage

Our dedicated University faculty, staff and students have garnered media coverage this past month for a variety of ways we are “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”

KCPT Coverage of Medical Student for a Day Program
KCPT, Kansas City’s public TV station, covered KCUMB’s “Medical Student for a Day” program in a story that first aired July 17. KCUMB hosted more than 60 students from area high schools Feb. 21 as part of the program. KCPT’s segment features interviews with students, staff and others who made the event successful.

KCALSI a Part of World’s First Academic Research Exchange
The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) recently announced a partnership with Assay Depot Inc. to build the world’s first academic research exchange, which will allow researchers to more easily collaborate. KCUMB is one of 10 key stakeholders in KCALSI.

Doctors’ Emotional Intelligence Impacts Patient Satisfaction
James Dugan, Ph.D., director of counseling and support services, wrote an article, “A Longitudinal Study of Emotional Intelligence Training for Otolaryngology Residents and Faculty,” which was published online July 10 in JAMA Otolaryngology.

Score 1 Nurse in KC Star’s Civil Rights at 50 Section
Mary Grimaldi, a registered nurse for KCUMB’s Score 1 for Health program, and her family were featured in a special "Civil Rights Act at 50" section recently in The Kansas City Star.

Jul 20, 2014

AOA Installs KCUMB Alum as President for 2014-2015

As late New York Yankees great Yogi Berra might say, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

That’s because when Robert Juhasz, D.O. (COM ’81), was officially installed as president of the American Osteopathic Association on July 19, he became the fourteenth AOA president from KCUMB – the second from his class, even.

Dr. Juhasz serves as president of South Pointe Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and as associate dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Cleveland Clinic Extension Campus.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Juhasz on this important leadership role.

Jul 18, 2014

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Selects KCUMB's Vice Provost for Prestigious Leadership Program

Please join all of us at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in congratulating Richard Winslow, Ph.D., vice provost for student and enrollment services, on his selection as a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program.

Since 1976, Centurions has earned a reputation for being a training ground for future Kansas City leaders. The two-year program focuses on building leadership skills and community awareness by organizing and participating in community initiatives. Learn more about Centurions by visiting its website.

KCUMB has been an active supporter of Centurions for more than a decade, sponsoring employees to represent the University in each class since 2003. Centurions’ mission aligns closely with our own at KCUMB, and we are proud of Dr. Winslow for his participation in bettering our community. Read more about it on the KCUMB website.

Jul 17, 2014

Join KCUMB for the 2014 AOA Conference in Seattle

Make plans now to join fellow KCUMB alumni and other osteopathic physicians from across the country Oct. 25-29 during the 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

OMED is the year’s premier osteopathic event, offering continuing medical education opportunities, professional development sessions and plenty of time for networking with fellow osteopathic physicians from across the country. For more information or to register, visit the OMED website.

While there, be sure to attend a special reception for KCUMB alumni at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. Watch for more details coming soon.

Jul 16, 2014

Submit Your Nominations Today for the 2014 Alumni Awards

The KCUMB Alumni Association will present its annual Alumni Awards Oct. 27 at a special KCUMB reception during the American Osteopathic Association’s 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

We need nominations! Active members of KCUMB’s Alumni Association are eligible to submit nominations for the Alumni Awards. Visit www.kcumb.edu/AlumniAwards to nominate a deserving individual today.

Awards that may be presented are:

  • Alumnus of the Year Award
  • Alumni Achievement Award
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Alumni Service Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Star-Spangled Banner Medallion

Jul 15, 2014

Don't Miss Homecoming "Beneath the Cottonwood" Sept. 18-20

Make plans to join your classmates “Beneath the Cottonwood” for Homecoming Sept. 18-20 on the KCUMB campus. Register at www.kcumb.edu/Homecoming.


  • Reminisce with former classmates, friends and faculty
  • Earn up to 25 hours of CME credit by attending the 14th annual Fall CME Scientific Seminar and Update in Clinical Medicine
  • Take a student-led tour of KCUMB's beautiful campus, including the new Academic Center
  • Attend a special alumni reception
  • Learn more about the Campus Master Plan and view an architectural model of planned improvements
  • Participate in special reunion gatherings for the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. (Watch for more details coming soon from your class agent.)

Jul 9, 2014

D'Angelo Library Undergoes Transformation Over Summer Months

KCUMB integrated tablet technology (Apple iPads) into the curriculum for all our programs in 2013, providing both an increase in sustainability on campus and enhanced student proficiency with technology. The use of iPads replaced many books, journals, handouts and paper examinations throughout the past academic year.

During the summer months, the D’Angelo Library staff has followed suit with this digital transformation by increasing the number of electronic resources available, while also cutting back on printed books.

The statistics tell the story of a remarkable change:


  • Only three months ago, in April 2014, the D’Angelo Library housed 37,871 books.
  • Today, we have 8,104 printed books, plus access to 1,504 e-books, 1,708 e-journals and 37 online databases with thousands of additional resources – all at our students’ fingertips, whether they are sitting in the D’Angelo Library or at a picnic table in Montana.


As an added bonus, students returning from the summer break will now find more space available for studying on the second floor of the D’Angelo Library.

Jul 7, 2014

Score 1 for Health Community Report Reveals Child Health Trends, Barriers to Care for Underprivileged

Nearly 41 percent of the approximately 12,300 children screened by Score 1 for Health during the 2011-2012 academic year were overweight or obese. That’s just one of many noteworthy statistics revealed in the 2008-2012 Score 1 for Health Community Report, which was released earlier this month.

View the 2008-2012 Score 1 for Health Community Report online at www.kcumb.edu/Score1 or request a printed copy by contacting Score 1 for Health at 816-654-7960 or score1@kcumb.edu.

Score 1 for Health, a program of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, works to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her potential, without allowing health issues to stand in the way. The program has provided free, in-school health assessments, preventive health education and mentors for children for more than 20 years.

While the program at its core is about helping children and their families identify and address health concerns, we recognize the importance of proactively sharing the data collected so that researchers and other organizations can find new ways to promote healthy lifestyles for children.

Score 1 for Health is a shining example of how KCUMB is fulfilling its mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”

Jul 1, 2014

KCUMB President Signs Car Benefitting the Wounded Warriors Family Support Effort

Jim Doiron, a patrol agent in our Safety and Emergency Management Department, is an active member of the Wounded Warriors Family Support effort. He invited me to attend a special meet-and-greet event June 23 with Lt. Gen. John Sylvester (Ret.), a decorated Army veteran of the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War, who also completed three tours of duty in the Balkans with U.S. and NATO troops.

While there, I was honored to be invited to sign a special Ford Mustang that is touring the country and will eventually be auctioned off to benefit wounded warriors and their families. As an American and as a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Army, I am proud to do whatever possible to support our troops.

Learn more about the High Five Tour to benefit the Wounded Warriors Family Support effort and how you can help by visiting the organization's website.