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 at School of Medicine, Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics

Council Members:

Charles Barnes, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics

Melanie Guthrie, MSA
Program Director, M.S. in Anesthesia, Assistant Professor, Office of Allied Health

Mikhail Kosiborod, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Training Program Director, American Heart Association Outcomes Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mid America Heart Institute, Saint Luke’s Hospital

Nilofer Qureshi, PhD
Professor of Basic Medical Science & Pharmacology, Director of Molecular & Cellular Immunology Shock/Trauma Research Center

Lakshmi Venkitachalam, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics

Carrie Vyhlidal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics

John Qiang Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Acting Associate Dean for Research, Professor,
Departments of Anesthesiology & Basic Medical Science