Advisory Board

The Medical Humanities and Bioethics Advisory Board Committee was established as an interdisciplinary group to advise and coordinate various humanities activities. Members include both faculty and staff from the School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, other various UMKC departments, as well as community members. Meetings are held bi-monthly in the Humanities Conference Room, at UMKC’s School of Medicine.

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Richard Butin, M.D.
Associate Professor – UMKC Truman Medical Center Hospital HillDepartment of Internal Medicine
  • Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts: University of Kansas
  • Medical School: University of Kansas
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Hospital
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Bibie Chronwall, M.Ed., Ph.D.

(Uppsala, Sweden 1979, Thesis: Development of Inhibitory Neurons).  Dr. Chronwall was a researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany and the National Institute of Health, Bethesda Maryland, before joining the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Biological Sciences in 1988.

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Her federally funded research focused on the functional significance of isoforms of dopamine D2 and GABAB receptors.  She has mentored a number of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in her laboratory.  2003-2009 she was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs; her portfolio included oversight of UMKC’s program for undergraduate research (SEARCH) and faculty development.  She joined the School of Medicine as a faculty member and Director of Academic Affairs for Year 1&2 in 2005.  She coordinated courses, academic support sessions, and taught.  She retired as Emerita in 2009, but continues to teach and work on UMKC related projects.  Her interest in biology is reflected in her favoritepastimes: gardening and bird-watching.

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Charles Donohoe, M.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Truman Medical CenterDepartment of Neurology, Clinical Neurologist
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  • Undergraduate Degree: Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York
  • Medical School:  Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
  • Residency:  Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • Certification: Neurology – American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurorehabilitation – American Society of Neurorehabilitation, and Neuroimaging – United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties


Neuroimmunology, Neuroimaging, Neurorehabiliation, General Neurology

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Donohoe is Associate Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.  He was born in New York City, attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York graduating in 1972.  He completed his internal medicine internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and neurology residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine in New York City. He has practiced clinical neurology in Kansas City since 1977.

Dr. Donohoe is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in Neurorehabilitation by the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, and in Neuroimaging by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. He holds professional memberships in the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology and the American Society of Neuroimaging.

Dr. Donohoe’s interests include multiple sclerosis, neurorehabilitation, magnetic resonance imaging/ultrasound, pain management, and telemedicine.  He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and given many oral presentations at medical conferences.He is an associate clinical professor of medical education at the UMKC School of Medicine and has been an active member of the board of the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities since its inception.

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Bill Everett, Ph.D

William A. Everett is Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. He holds degrees from Texas Tech University (B.M., music theory), Southern Methodist University (M.M., music history, instrumental conducting), and the University of Kansas (Ph.D., musicology). At UMKC, he teaches graduate courses in medieval music, American musical theater, music and national identity, research and bibliography in music, and pedagogy of music history. He also team-teaches a course on medicine and music through the UMKC School of Medicine’sSirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.

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Dr. Everett is the author of four books, including British Piano Trios, Quartets, and Quintets: 1850-1950: A Checklist (Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 2000), The Musical: A Guide to Research (New York: Routledge, 2004), Sigmund Romberg (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), and Rudolf Friml (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008). He is contributing co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002; second edition, 2008) and co-author of The Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2008). His book on operetta composer Sigmund Romberg received the 2008 Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Research on Recorded Classical Music from the Association of Recorded Sound Collectors (ARSC). His work has appeared in American Music, Opera Quarterly, Journal of the American Viola Society, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, Studies in Musical Theatre, Journal of Croatian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and elsewhere. He has presented papers at conferences and symposia throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Everett’s current projects focus on the musicals that played at Daly’s Theatre in London during the 1890s and the rise of orchestral music in Kansas City at the end of the nineteenth century. He is a commissioning editor for musical theater for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd Edition.

He received the 2003 Muriel Ewing Kauffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, a 2008 UMKC Trustees Faculty Fellowship, the N.T. Veatch Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, and the 2009 Muriel Ewing Kauffman Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. From 2008 to 2010, he served as a Faculty Fellow in UMKC’s Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET).

Dr. Everett served as chair of the Conservatory’s Division of Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology 2006–2009. He was Treasurer of the Society for American Music 1996–2001 and President of the Great Plains Chapter of the College Music Society 2002–2004. He served as Reviews Editor for College Music Symposium, 2000–2006, and chaired the program committee for the 2009 CMS International Conference, which took place in Croatia. He is National Vice President of the College Music Society for 2011 and 2012.

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Nicole Fearing, M.D., FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor Allied Health
Jamilia Fields, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical CenterPsychiatry
Jane Greer, Ph.D.

Department of English, Language & Literature
Associate Professor
Graduate and Doctoral Faculty

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David Hermanns, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Residency: New England Medical Center
  • General Medicine Fellowship: Boston University
  • Masters of Public Health: Boston University
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Jennifer Martin Ph.D.

Jennifer Martin, Hall Family Foundation Professor of Theatre, Emerita, and James C. Olson Professor holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. For over four decades her work as a theatre movement specialist and choreographer has been seen on many Kansas City stages as well as in Regional Theatres across the country.

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From the beginning of the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Dr. Martin has coordinated and taught courses, advised Medical Humanities projects and served as a member of the Advisory Board. As a non-verbal communication specialist, she’s trained Medical, Nursing, Dental and Pharmacy students in professional interaction as well as “Improving Patient Perception of Health Care Delivery” for working health care professionals.

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Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C.B.
Director of Student Research UMKC School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pathology & Pharmacology – UMKC School of Medicine
  • Professor Emeritus of Pathology – Northwestern University
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Research Interests

Dr. Molteni’s main research interest is the study of development of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in several models of experimental lung injury: exposure to radiation and hypoxia, administration of bleomycin and fat embolism syndrome. Also studied is the role played by the renin angiotensin system in the development of fibrosis and the antifibrotic protection of angiotensin converting inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers.

His projects are conducted in cooperation with Dr. Betty Herndon (UMKC SOM); Dr. T. McIff, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery and Dr. A. Poisner, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. B. Uhal, Dept. of Physiology, Michigan State University, Dr. R. Baybutt, Dept. of Health Sciences, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL., Dr. G Van Den Heuvel, Dept. of Physiology, Eastern Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

Research Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health, 1972
Albert E. Lasker Award, 1980, to NHLBI sharing as principal investigator, Central Laboratory Hypertension Detection and Follow-up Program
Meritorious Service Award, Chicago Heart Association,1982
Clinical Chemists Recognition Award, 1983

Recent research includes the evaluation of exenatide in a rodent model of non-alcoholic liver steatosis, and in particular, the drug’s effect on the pancreas and the thyroid of these animals. This study was performed in cooperation with Dr. Herndon, Dr. Laura Alba, and others of the Dept. of Medicine, in the UMKC SOM. An additional study is the evaluation of pulmonary and cardiac damage in a model of Cux-1 mice expressing the cyclin kinase inhibitors P21 and P27 (Drs Baybutt and Van Den Heuvel).

Selected Publications

Has published more than 200 articles and book chapters and more than 370 presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

Curcumin Effects on Hepatic Steatosis and Histopathology in an Obese Mouse Model. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research: 5(8): 1017-1023, 2015. Article no BJMMP.2015.112

Fat Embolism sensitizes rats to a “second hit” with LPS: an animal model of Pulmonary Fibrosis: Journal of Trauma and Acute Surgical Care; 783:552-557, 2015

Fat Embolism Syndrome following caesarean section in an obese patient and it’s similarity to an animal model of the same syndrome: a case report. Case reports in Clinical Pathology: Published online 3-3-2015, D01110.5430/crcp.vnp

NF-KB controls Resistance of Human Salivary Gland (HSG) Cells to apoptosis in an in vitro model of Sjögren syndrome. Open Journal of Rheumatology and Auto immune Diseases (OJRA): Vol 4 #3; ID: 2040 128, 2014

Mitigating effect of Captopril and Losartan on Lung Histopathology in a rat model of Fat Embolism. The Journal of Trauma 70 (5):1186-1191; 2011

Biochemical and Histological Effects of Exendin 4 (exenatide) in the rat pancreas. Diabetologia53(1):153-159; 2010

“Persistent and progressive fibrotic changes in a model of fat embolism.” Journal of Trauma 72 (h) 992-998, 2012

“Dietary flaxseed oil protects against bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in rats.” Pulmonary Medicine, published on line, June 2012 10457031 doi 0.1155/2012/457031

“Urease and Helicobacter spp. Antigens in Pulmonary Granuloma” Journal of Comparative Pathology(2012)

“Effect of exendin (exenatide) on the thyroid and parathyroid gland in a rat model.” Eur. J., of Pharmacology 2012 

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Stuart Munro, M.D.
Professor Psychiatry
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Stuart Munro is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an adjunct professor in the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences at the UMKC School of Medicine. He currently serves as course director for the Behavioral Science course and co-director of the Music and Medicine course.

Dr. Munro served and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 2002 to 2014, and as Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013 to 2015. He also served as president of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry from 2010 to 2012.



Munro, S. Forging Connections between Two World Powers. In Burton, JA, Burton, PG. eds. A Proven Experiment: Looking Back at the UMKC School of Medicine. Kansas City, Rockhill Books; 2014

Munro, S. Supplying Medical Ambassadors to the World. In Burton, JA, Burton, PG. eds. A Proven Experiment: Looking Back at the UMKC School of Medicine. Kansas City, Rockhill Books; 2014

Schneiderhan M, Nelson LA, Munro S. Evaluation of Psychiatric Illness. In Dipiro JT, et al eds.  Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 8thEdition.; New York,McGraw-Hill; 2011

Bota RG, Munro JS, Nguyen C, Preda A. The Course of Schizophrenia: What we learned from longitudinal studies. In Ritsner M. ed. Handbook of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Vol II, 1st Edition., New York, Springer; 2011

Marken PA, Schneiderhan ME, Munro JS. Evaluation of Psychiatric Illness in DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee   GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey ML. eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 7th Edition.New York, McGraw-Hill; 2008

Marken PA, Schneiderhan ME, Munro JS. Evaluation of Psychiatric Illness in DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey ML. eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 6th Edition; New York, McGraw-Hill; New York; 2005 


Patel RR, Hornstra R, Munro S, Dellenbaugh T. Malnourished and psychotic, and found incompetent to stand trial. Current Psychiatry. 2015; 14 (10): 41-55.

Munro S. Evolving Methods; Why I Like Being an Academic Psychiatrist. Academic Psychiatry. 2012; 36(5):426-427.

Purvis T, Nelson LA, Elliott SR, Hieber R, Liu Y, Pham RH, Munro S, Sommi RW.  Outpatient adherence to risperidone long-acting injection following discharge from a state psychiatric hospital. The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits. 2011; 3(5):284-290.

Munro S. Balance, Safety, and Passion: Three principles for Academic Leaders. Academic Psychiatry. 2011; 35: 134-135.

Bota RG, Sagduyu K, Filin EE, Bota DA, Munro JS. Toward a Better Identification and Treatment of the Schizophrenia Prodrome. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. 2008; 72: 210-227.

Munro S, Wilson DR. Psychiatry: Organized and Disorganized. Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2008; 31:137-147.

Bota RG, Munro JS, Sagduyu K. Benefits of boarding home placement in patients with schizophrenia. Southern Medical J. 2007; 100:145-148.

Munro S. A Tool Kit for New Chairs. Academic Psychiatry. 2006; 30: 301-303.

Bota RG, Munro JS, Ricci WF, Bota DA. The dynamics of insight in the prodrome of schizophrenia. CNS Spectr. 2006; 11:355-362.

Bota RG, Sagduyu K, Munro JS. Factors associated with the prodromal progression of schizophrenia that influence the course of the illness. CNS Spectr. 2006; 10: 937-942.

Charbonneau A, Bruning W, Titus-Howard T, Ellerbeck E, Whittle J, Hall S, Campbell J, Lewis S, Munro S. The Community Initiative on Depression: Report from a Multiphase Worksite Depression Intervention. J Occup Environ Med. 2005; 47:60-67

Bota RG, Munro JS, Sagduyu K. Identification of the Schizophrenia Prodrome in a Hospital-Based Patient Population. Missouri Medicine; 2005; 102:154-158

Marken PA, Munro JS. “Selecting a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor: Clinically Important Distinguishing Features”. Primary Care Companion; J Clin Psychiatry; 2(6): 205 – 210; December 2000.

Feighny KM, Arnold L, Monaco M., Munro JS, Earl B. In Pursuit of Empathy and its Relation to Physician Communication Skills: Multidimensional Empathy Training for Medical Students. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education 5, 1:1 – 9, 1998.

Munro S, Feighney K, Arnold L., Revisiting Self Perception and Specialty Choice in Primary and Non-Primary Care, Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education 4, 1: 21-27, 1997.

Sagduyu K, Hornstra RK, Munro JS, Bruce-Wolfe V. A Comparison of the Restraint and Seclusion Experiences of Patients with Schizophrenia or Other Psychotic Disorders. Missouri Medicine. 92(6): 303-307, 1995.

Hayes J, Munro JS, Arnold L, Duckwall J. A Support program for Freshman Medical Students. Journal of the Freshman Year Experience. 1993, 5:77-92.

Munro JS. The Importance of Feelings. Missouri Medicine, 89: 729-730. November, 1992.

Taylor DN, Bied JM, Munro JS, Feldman RA. Salmonella Dublin Infections in the United States, 1979 – 1980.

Journal of Infectious Diseases, 146, 3: 322-327, September, 1982.

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Michael L. O’Dell, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Professor & Chair – Community & Family Medicine, UMKC
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Truman Medical Center Lakewood

  • Medical Degree: University of Kansas, 1977
  • Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1983
  • Research Interests: Harm Measure Assessment and Improvement, Inpatient Medication Reconciliation, Discharge Medication Instruction Quality Improvement (Six Sigma), ICU Patient and Visitor Satisfaction Quality Improvement (Six Sigma), Inpatient Congestive Heart Failure Quality Improvement, Diabetes Outpatient Quality of Care, and CHF Outpatient Quality Improvement.
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I have served as the Chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) since August 2010. The Department is one of the largest training programs in the nation and offers fellowship training in Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, and Operative Obstetrics. My additional duties are as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Truman Medical Center, with primary duties at the Lakewood Campus.I received my Bachelors degree from Kansas State University in 1974 and received my Doctorate of Medicine in 1977 from the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City. Following a year of internship, I was called to active duty service with the Navy returning to the University of Kansas in 1981 to complete my residency training doing so in 1983. Upon completion of Family Medicine residency training in 1983, I joined the faculty of the University of Kansas until 2002. I have held leadership positions and served on the faculties of the University of Texas Medical Branch (1992-1998) and University of Alabama Birmingham’s Huntsville Campus (1998-2002). I also served as the Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC). NMMC is the largest rural hospital in the nation and one of the largest integrated health systems in the nation and a 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. My additional duties at NMMC serving as Chief Quality Officer as well as interim Chief Medical OfficerI am Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1985. I completed a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration at University of Alabama- Birmingham in 2005. I have authored several original papers, professional articles, and book chapters.

I continued my Navy service as a reserve officer and retired from the US Navy Reserve in 1998, holding the rank of Captain (O-6). I was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and other awards during my Navy career and was deployed during the first Gulf War.

I am active in many national, regional, and community activities. I have served as Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality and Practice. I was the Governors Appointee to the Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Financing Authority, which is the state’s bond agency for health care facilities. I served as Chair for Mississippi’s Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. I served as Associate Editor for the Mississippi State Journal of Medicine. I have held various state-level elected positions, including President of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and have been active in various community organizations. I am also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).

I married Kristi Jane Francis in 1973. Kristi holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Kansas and teaches Social Work at the University of Mississippi. We have two children and three grandchildren.

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Christopher Sirridge, M.D.

Dr. Sirridge was born in Fort Riley, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City for both his undergraduate degree and his medical education. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Sirridge went on to complete fellowships in Oncology and Hematology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is a board certified Internist, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist.

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Since 1984, Dr. Sirridge has been active in the United States Army Medical Corps. He began his medical career as a Captain in 1984, was promoted to a Major in 1986 and has served as a Lieutenant Colonel for the past six years. Dr. Sirridge has received many distinguished honors within the military including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Sirridge has had several academic appointments including the Director of Ambulatory Services in the Oncology Clinic at Truman Medical Center-East, the Director of the Adult Hemophilia Clinic at Truman Medical Center, the Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology & Oncology at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, and as the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Medical School. Dr. Sirridge resides in Kansas City, Kansas, is married and has four children.

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Carol Stanford, M.D.
  • Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Research Interests

Dermatology case report, derm research project, book chapters and articles reviewing topics in derm, internal medicine, women’s health issues, domestic violence and intimate partner violence, physician burnout, ethics, humanities, reflective writing, creative video projects, empathy and humanism.

Nancy Tilson-Mallett M.D.

Dr. Tilson-Mallett is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Care. She joined the UMKC faculty as adjust professor in Internal Medicine. She is also an artist and is known for painting microscopic and biological images on silk. She also paints landscapes en pleine air, using oil paints or pastels. Her work has been exhibited and sold around the country. She is interested in the “healing arts,” of using visual imagery in healing. Her work can be viewed at

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Charles W. Van Way, III, M.D.
Professor Director UMKC Shock Trauma Research Center
  • Medical School: The Johns Hopkins University (1964)
  • Residency: General Surgery, Vanderbilt University (1971)
  • Residency: Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University (1972)
  • Board Certification: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Thoracic Surgery
  • Hospital Affiliations: Truman Medical Centers
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The UMKC Shock Trauma Research Center is engaged in research to develop new treatment strategies to reduce the amount of cell death that occurs following shock.  Besides studies in shock, the research programs of the Center include basic studies to understand the molecular events that allow cells of the immune system to “recognize” the presence of microbes and microbial products, and to communicate that information to white blood cells

Dr. Van Way’s activities have centered around hemorrhagic shock, and to exploring the basic mechanisms of cell injury during hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation, and to identify changes which produce long-term damage.   In the past several years, his research team has carried out basic and clinical studies of the genomic response to shock and injury, and has developed several potential therapeutic agents for the treatment of hemorrhagic shock.  Currently, his team is exploring the mechanisms by which cells adjust to the low-oxygen environments which characterize low perfusion states such as septic and hemorrhagic shock.

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Wayne Vaught Ph.D., MSN

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Medicine & Bioethics
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Steve Waldman M.D., J.D.
Chair, Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Steven D. Waldman, M.D., J.D. serves as a member of the Humanities Advisory Committee in the School of Medicine.  Along with fellow School of Medicine alums, Dr. Waldman served as a founding member of the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities, helping raise the initial funding for the William Sirridge lectureship.  Dr. Waldman is a frequent lecturer in Medical Humanities courses and serves as Co-Instructor of the Medicine and Film course.

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Dr. Waldman is the Director of Statewide Outreach Services at the UMKC School of Medicine and also serves as the Docent for the MD students.  He holds joint academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.  The author of over twenty textbooks and numerous academic articles on the specialty of Pain Management, Dr. Waldman also continues his clinical work as a member of the Palliative Care Team at UMKC as well as an active member of the medical staff at Truman Medical Center.