Emergency Medicine

Residency: PGY3 Class of 2017

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Ryan Bachman, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of North Texas
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

ryan-UMKCI was born in Rhode Island and spent my childhood in upstate New York before moving down to Texas where I went through most of my schooling. I attended the University of North Texas for undergrad and after spending a few years working a Scribe in a local ED. I continued on to Medical School at TCOM in Fort Worth. I chose UMKC based on the receptive feeling I got during my interview and the UMKC reputation of being one of the oldest EM programs in the country. Now that I am here, I could not be happier with my selection. The faculty and upper-level residents have been very supportive and my fellow interns have been the best group of people I could have asked to go through residency with. When I am not working at Truman, I have been enjoying my time watching movies, playing disc golf, taking my dog for walks at the various local parks and trying to sample all of the amazing local BBQ places that Kansas City has to offer.
William Beeler, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical school: University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Medicine

IMG_2568I grew up in a small town in Southern IL and then went to high school in St. Louis. I got a BS in biochemistry at the University of Illinois and then got my MD at UIC. When not doing the academic thing, I like to learn new board games and see the latest movies. I hadn’t personally experienced the program before interviewing here, but everyone I knew who had, loved the program. And I can see why. Everyone is very friendly and the program feels like a family. It was hard for me to not feel like I belonged here. I’m excited to see all that the city has to offer, as well as get to know the residents and faculty more.
Blake Buchanan, M.D., M.M.S.

Undergraduate: University of South Florida
Graduate & Medical School: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

BuchananI was born in Nashville, TN but I was raised in Lakeland, FL, a town between Tampa and Orlando. I nine years prior to residency in Tampa as a student at the University of South Florida for college and medical school. My wife and I moved up here with two mini-schnauzers in tow, each little beast is 11 lbs of fury with the heart of a dire wolf. My wife is a PA at Children’s Mercy in their Plastic Surgery department. What really appealed to me about UMKC was the chance to train at an academic-community partnership that has a nice balance of distinguished heritage and young, energetic leadership. It also has more exposure to peds than most programs and great trauma experience. Throw in the fact that KC is an amazing city to live in, and it just seemed like a perfect fit! I am a bit of a sports addict; I was raised an Auburn Tiger and am also a diehard Tampa Bay area sports fan. Also, no one will ever convince me that USF sports don’t matter! In addition to sports I really enjoy movies, exploring the food scene of anywhere I travel, and craft beer. In 2015, my wife and I were blessed with a new addition to our family, Jacob Buchanan. I spend every chance I can playing out with him and I am lucky to be at a residency that allows such a great work-life balance.
Brandon Elder, M.D.

Undergraduate & Medical School: University of Missouri Kansas City

elderI am the “local yokel” of our crew. I was born in Kansas City, MO and grew up in a small town called Kearney, MO just 30 minutes north of Hospital Hill. I had the privilege of attending UMKC’s 6 year B.A/M.D program for my undergraduate/medical school training. While schooling here, I also met my wife-to-be, Simmi, a Med-Peds resident at UMKC. Being that I spent a lot of time at UMKC and Truman Medical Center as a student, I was very well acquainted with the Emergency Medicine program and the staff. I chose this program for many reasons, including it being one of the oldest and well-respected programs in the country. The training I observed as a student was excellent, and the faculty members are very enthusiastic. Kansas City is an excellent place to live and work. This town has big-city perks, but does not lose its small-town charm. I have a lot of KC pride, especially when it comes to our BBQ and breweries; no one does it better! When not working, Simmi, our two pups,and I love to go outdoor adventuring I also enjoy backcountry skiing/mountaineering, trying the ever expanding selections of food and brew in KC, and hitting the gym. I am very excited for my next three years in Kansas City!
Brian Freeman, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Kansas & Saint Louis University
Graduate: Rockhurst University
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

IMG_0064.JPGOriginally from Bentonville, AR, I attended the University of Kansas where I studied trumpet performance and completed an undergraduate degree in Music Theory.  I subsequently completed pre-requisites and earned a bachelors degree in nursing from Saint Louis University in 1998.  After being accepted to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2005, I joined the US Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program.  I graduated in 2009 with with dual degrees in osteopathic medicine and an MBA in healthcare leadership from Rockhurst University.  After graduation, I completed an internal medicine internship at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA, followed by two consecutive tours as a General Medical Officer onboard US Navy ships.  In my free time, I enjoy riding motorcycles, home improvement projects, fishing, going to the dog park, and trumpet performance.  I live with his wife Wendy, Stella the mastiff, and Poe the perpetually angry Siamese cat.
Craig Hirsch, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Virginia, B.A. History and B.S. Biology
Medical School: University of Virginia

CraigHirschI’m a native of the great Commonwealth of Virginia and graduated with degrees in history and biology from UVA back in 1999, at the height of the first dot-com boom. I then moved to Boston where I co-founded a venture-backed tech start-up company, an experience that launched me into my first career as a software engineer and technology consultant for various companies in the Northeast. I eventually realized that I found the four walls of a cubicle a bit too confining and returned to UVA for medical school. After deciding that I wanted to become an emergency doc, I applied all over the country and serendipitously visited UMKC, one of the oldest EM programs in the United States. I liked both the program and the city far more than anticipated, so I picked up and moved a thousand miles west to come here for residency. When not doing shifts in the Truman ED, I’m probably out running or riding my bike — that’s me on the right on one of my bike trips across the continent (I’ve crossed the U.S. by bicycle 4 times so far and will talk your ear off about it if you let me).
Melissa Howard, M.D.

Undergraduate: Mississippi State University, B.S. in Biochemistry
Medical School: University of Mississippi

website-picI was born and raised in a small town in central MS, just south of Jackson. I stayed close to home for medical school, so my adventurous spirit leaped at the chance to explore somewhere new during residency. I had heard great things about UMKC’s EM program, but even with that, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed my interview trip to UMKC. The program’s rich history combined with enthusiastic, dedicated faculty made me very comfortable with the training and the education I would get here. Moving to Kansas City was definitely an adjustment for this small-town Southern girl, but it’s been a great experience! The faculty and the residents are laid-back and fun to hang out with, KC has some fantastic food, and it’s always easy to find something fun to do in my free time. I’m slightly obsessed with college sports, especially SEC football and my MSU Bulldogs! Outside of medicine, my husband and I love exploring new places, reading, movies and hanging out with friends.
Lindsay Schwartz, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Missouri Kansas City
Medical School: A.T. Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

schwartzI was born and raised in Overland Park, KS and moved downtown to attend college at UMKC. I earned a BA in Chemistry from UMKC before making the move to attend medical school at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO. I spent my first 2 years of medical school in Kirksville and moved to St. Louis, MO for my 3rd and 4th clinical years. At my inner city hospital in St. Louis, I grew to enjoy working with the underserved populations, as well as the specialty of emergency medicine. Also in St. Louis, I met and married my wonderful husband Nathan.I was given the opportunity to rotate with the EM department at UMKC during my 4th year of medical school, and was truly impressed with my experience. The variety of patients and cases I saw at Truman challenged me, and I knew it would be a great place for me to become the best ER physician possible. I already loved the city of Kansas City, and my month at Truman solidified my decision to move back home. When I’m not at work, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, family and my cat. I also LOVE shopping (even if it has to be just window shopping), the Chiefs and traveling to the beach! I am looking forward to a great three years here at UMKC!
Adam Stuppy, M.D.

Undergraduate: Benedictine College
Medical School: University of Missouri

stuppy-photoI was born and raised in Springfield, MO, home of Bass Pro and cashew chicken. Following high school, I migrated north to the small rural town of Atchison, KS where I earned my BA in biology at Benedictine College. During my undergrad years, I was fortunate to spend most of my time outdoors working on various wildlife research projects, catching mosquitoes, bats, and just about everything else in-between. I decided to go to medical school and was lucky to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia. I wanted to complete my residency at Truman because of its long tradition of training emergency physicians and the medical care this program provides to a diverse underserved patient population. Like many smart medical students, I married a nurse, and now my wife Gerri and I spend most of our time taking care of our five-month-old son Bryce and two spoiled dogs. I generally love all redneck-associated activities and would prefer to spend most of my time in a deer stand, duck blind or bass boat. I’m also pretty fanatical about most sports. Watching the Cardinals go to the playoffs every year never grows old (sorry Royals fans) and my Mizzou Tigers are preparing to take over the SEC!
Katie Willet, M.D.

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

willetI was born and raised in Nebraska, mostly recently in Omaha. My husband Quinn and I met during medical school at UNMC and couples matched in Kansas City. He is doing internal medicine residency at KUMC, while I am on the Missouri side at UMKC. We got married in the month between med school and residency and are excited about living in Kansas City for the next several years. We are both into exercise, boating and enjoy going to movies (or Netflix at home). Husker football is a way of life at our home each fall-which is Nebraska way. We have a little cat, Nitty, and hopefully will be adding a puppy to our family sometime soon. I chose Truman as a place to train because it has great experiences, KC is a fun place to be, and of course, the people I get to work with!
Paul D. Williams D.O., M.S.

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota Duluth
Graduate: University of Minnesota Duluth
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

WilliamsI was born in Mankato, MN and enjoyed growing up there with my family. For my undergraduate and graduate training, I lived in beautiful Duluth, MN and was able to travel to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and other outdoor recreational locations in Northern Minnesota with ease. After spending a few years working with recombinant DNA to investigate novel therapeutics for the treatment of breast cancer, I left Duluth for medical school in Kansas City. In medical school, I was fortunate enough to rotate through Truman and I realized quickly that this program was exactly where I wanted to train. I liked that the residents and staff were excellent educators with great attitudes. In my spare time, I enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities, traveling, watching hockey, spending time with my wonderful girlfriend and training our rescue puppy.