Emergency Medicine

Residency: PGY3 Class of 2018

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Michael Bambenek, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota Duluth, B.S Cell & Molecular Biology
Medical School: University of Minnesota

I was born and raised in Winona, MN. I attended undergrad at University of Minnesota Duluth where I majored in Cell & Molecular Biology. After undergrad, I moved to Madison, WI to spend a year with my then-girlfriend (now-wife) who was finishing her degree in Accounting (currently works as a Manager at KPMG. I spent my time in Madison doing an amazing year-long AmeriCorps service term at Vera Court Neighborhood Center. After that, I returned to Minnesota for medical school, got married, and matched into EM. I applied to Truman because during medical school, I did the vast majority of my rotations at a county hospital, and found that I really loved working with an under-served urban population. I had never been to Kansas City prior to my interview, but I distinctly remember thinking “Out of all the places I’ve interviewed, this is probably the only place I could actually see myself staying in post-residency.” We’ve really enjoyed living in downtown KC the past 2 years and will definitely miss it when we move back to the Twin Cities to be closer to family. In my free time, I enjoy biking, bike commuting, lots of ultimate Frisbee, occasional running, woodworking (KC has an awesome Woodworkers Guild, with an amazing community-use shop), enjoying craft beer, and hanging out with our new baby Margot and our 16.5 pound Maine Coon mix cat named Lobster.
Jeffrey Beckett, M.D.

Undergraduate: Washington University
Graduate & Medical school: Saint Louis University

beckettI grew up in St. Louis, where I attended Washington University for undergraduate and Saint Louis University for a master’s degree and medical school. Having grown up in Missouri, I was happy to interview at places close to home, but after going all over the country, I could find no better fit for me than UMKC. Everyone involved in the program that I have met has shown skill, confidence, compassion and a welcoming friendliness that makes me feel like part of a family. As cliché and hokey as it may sound, learning and training here really is fun!I have a family and really enjoy doing family-oriented activities, which are ample in Kansas City. My wife, our four year old son and I also love trying new restaurants (and as much as my St. Louis self may resist admitting so, KC barbeque really is awesome!) and traveling, both inside and out of the U.S. I also had the opportunity to play football through college and continue to enjoy competitive sports, though it’s hard to find people with football pads, so flag football, hockey and basketball are fantastic alternatives. And although I may not look the part, I have a lot of experience dancing, particularly Hula dancing, and continue to learn and perform Hula with my wife, the best partner I could ever ask for. We hope our son will join us some day, but he loves dancing to his own rhythm, keeping us busy but also warming our hearts!
Jim DeMeo, D.O.

Undergraduate: University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

A native of NYC, I’ve whole-heartedly enjoyed the transition to the Midwest. While I enjoyed New York, I was searching for a program that fostered a supportive environment, offered a great level of patient diversity, and was located in a community where I could enjoy any time off. KC and TMC have met those goals without question. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and my medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was fortunate to have couples matched with my wife who is currently a Child Neurology Fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital. I’m honored to serve as Chief Resident this year and have held a number national leadership positions throughout both medical school and residency which I believe will allow me to excel at the position. My primary goal as Chief Resident is to serve as a mentor and teacher for both our rotating students and junior residents. I ultimately hope to pursue a career in academics, and have no doubt my training at TMC has equipped me with the skillset to train at any hospital in the country.
Nicholas Evans, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Central Arkansas
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

n_evansI grew up in Searcy, AR. I got a BS in biology at the University of Central Arkansas and then attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Since I had spent my entire life in the Natural State, I decided to move out of state for my residency training. I enjoyed all the people and the city when I interviewed here, and I have not been disappointed since. I love sports in general, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks. I enjoy movies, good food, and am looking forward to exploring Kansas City further.
Jason Hurt, M.D.

Undergraduate & Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City

hurtI was born and raised in Summersville, a rural town in southern Missouri. To me, Kansas City is a large city, and it was a big adjustment moving here for the 6-year combined BA/MD program. I quickly grew to love Kansas City. After rotating through our department, I knew I would be ecstatic to train here. We have talented and energetic staff that make you feel welcomed as soon as you walk through the ER doors. Even though I have resided in Kansas City for my entire training, I continue to discover that it has many new and exciting experiences. When I am not at the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my partner of six years, Mathew. We enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. We couldn’t be happier than in the mountains or at a lake. We also love the Royals, hanging out with our Bulldog and Corgi/Lab rescues, and making improvements to our new home.
Kathryn Ottman, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: Carver College of Medicine

ottmanI was born and raised in Dubuque, IA. I attended the University of Iowa, majoring in Spanish and Integrative Physiology. I met my husband, Clay, during our freshman year of college. I was fortunate to attend the Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA. I decided to interview at UMKC because I appreciated that the residency was a combined county and academic program and had a long tradition of training excellent emergency physicians. While interviewing, I was thoroughly impressed with how welcomed I felt, the respect for the specialty at Truman, and the city itself. Because Kansas City is a larger Midwestern city, my husband was able to transfer his job and we are so excited to start our lives together in this magnificent city. In my free time I enjoy trying out new recipes, reading the classics, traveling the world, settling Catan, and geocaching with my husband.
Zack Petry, M.D.

Undergraduate: College of the Ozarks
Medical School: St Louis University

petryI was born a Navy brat in Virginia Beach, VA. After moving around a bit, my family settled in St Louis, MO. After high school, I went to undergrad at College of the Ozarks; and while there I earned my degree in mathematics and a minor in theatre, as well as completing my pilot’s license and Wilderness EMT certification. After college, I had a few odd jobs before settling on medicine: everything from being a high school tutor, wrestling coach and farm hand to building theatre sets for youth productions in Philadelphia and New York City. I went back for my pre-requisites at Missouri State, then went to med school at St Louis University. After a great experience during my externship at UMKC, I was thrilled to match here. I enjoy anything outdoors, aftershave, music, hot water heaters, a good plot, new socks and spending time with my family (my wife, Cherish, who is a freelance graphic designer and our two kids, Lael and Ari).
Nicholas Smith, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Alabama Birmingham and Jacksonville State University
Medical School: Georgia Campus—Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

n_smithI was born and raised in Alabama and did my undergrad at University of Alabama Birmingham and Jacksonville State University. I took a couple of years off in between undergrad and med school, mostly working in a research lab and as a scribe. I was then accepted to medical school at GA-PCOM and made the move to Atlanta, GA. It was an easy decision to come to UMKC based on the faculty’s enthusiasm for teaching and the feeling I got during the interview. It also helped that KC is a pretty awesome place to live. When I’m not at the hospital, I’m probably spending time with my wife, Brandi and our son, Graham. Other than that, I’m probably watching sports, kayaking or doing anything outdoors, cooking, or traveling.
Paul Toigo, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona

toigoI was born and raised in Kansas City, MO and grew up playing a lot of music. I always thought I would be a professional, but after a perfectly aligned set of experiences in college that pushed me elsewhere, I decided to pursue Emergency Medicine. I started off just volunteering, moved up to be a patient care technician, and then went to medical school. After 4 long years out of state, I’m glad to be back in Kansas City in the Truman Emergency Department as a Resident.
Bryon Vogt, D.O.

Undergraduate: Missouri State University
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

vogtI was born and raised in rural Missouri near Truman Lake. I went to a small high school nearby where I graduated with just 27 students in my senior class. I then went off to the “big” city of Springfield, MO, where I began studying business at Missouri State University. After an encounter with the medical world during an illness requiring a hospital stay, I decided that business might not be as good a fit for me as medicine. I then began studying biology and chemistry, and started working as an emergency room tech at St. John’s Mercy in Springfield. That is where I grew to love Emergency Medicine. I moved to Kansas City in 2011 to attend medical school at KCUMB-COM. Being family-oriented, Kansas City was a great fit for me. It is very near my sister and her amazing family, my parent’s home near the lake, and the hometown of my beautiful girlfriend, Jessica Kenney. I am very excited to extend my stay here in KC, and train at UMKC with a group of great residents. When I am not training, however, I plan to spend my free time with family and friends, relaxing at the lake, hunting and fishing with my dad, watching the Royals and Chiefs, cooking and especially eating, and having movie nights with my girlfriend.
Nicholas Warren, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida Atlantic University

n_warrenI was born and raised in a town called Delray Beach back in South Florida. After four years becoming part of the Gator Nation at University of Florida and four more years attending medical school at Florida Atlantic University, I was ready for somewhere new. Residency seemed like the best opportunity for a new adventure, so I applied all over the United States. When I interviewed here, UMKC really struck me as an amazing program. As one of the oldest EM programs in the country, UMKC has everything you would need for top-notch EM training. Combined with incredible people and a great location in Kansas City, I knew where my adventure would take me. When I’m not working over at Truman, I’m usually hanging out with the other interns, exploring the city, or figuring out how to get my family and friends out here for some BBQ. I really couldn’t be happier where I ended up for training. And as always, Go Gators!