Councils

Graduate Council


The role of the Graduate Council is to oversee the academic aspects of the Graduate Programs at the School of Medicine. The main responsibilities of the council are to establish policies and make appropriate recommendations regarding graduate student admissions, assessment, dismissal, discipline, and graduation. The council also oversees the program curricula and nominates the Graduate and Doctoral faculty. The council chair is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at the School of Medicine and the membership includes Graduate faculty members that represent each graduate program and UMKC School of Medicine affiliated institutions.

Council Chair:

Julie Banderas, PharmD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics

Council Members:

Douglas C. Bittel, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
The Ward Family Heart Center, Children’s Mercy, Kansas City

Xiangping Chu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Department of Anesthesiology

Melanie Guthrie, MSA, CAA
Program Director and Assistant Teaching Professor, Master of Science in Anesthesia Program

Angellar Manguvo, PhD
Curriculum Specialist, Department of Assessment and Quality Assurance

Lakshmi Venkitachalam, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Outcomes Researcher, Director, DBHI Internship Program
Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics

John Wang, MD, PhD
Westport Anesthesia/Missouri Endowed Chair and Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Heather Yates, MHS, PA-C
Assistant Teaching Professor, Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program