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 You must be an active (dues paid) member of the Alumni Association to make a nomination. If your membership is not currently active, visit 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 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 to join or contact the Advancement Office at 816-654-7280 or

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.