Master of Science in Anesthesia

Faculty & Staff


Directors

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Melanie Guthrie, M.S.A., CAA
Program Director Assistant Teaching Professor Work Phone: (816) 235-1953
  • Master of Science in Anesthesia – Case Western Reserve University – 1997
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Melanie joined the UMKC School of Medicine as the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program Director in 2007. She currently practices as an AA at Liberty Hospital. In addition to clinical duties, Melanie has served on many committees within the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants and is a former board member of the Missouri Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. She also serves on the Accreditation Review Commission for Anesthesiologist Assistant programs and is representative National Commission on the Certification of AAs board.
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James Piontek, M.D.
Medical Director Adjunct Assistant Professor Work Phone: (816) 235-1953
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Lance Carter, M.S.A., CAA
Assistant Program Director Assistant Teaching Professor Work Phone: (816) 235-1953
  • Bachelor of Science—BYU-Idaho—2005
  • Master of Science in Anesthesia – Case Western Reserve University – 2007
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Lance started practicing as an Anesthesiologist Assistant at Liberty Hospital in 2007.  Later that year he joined the UMKC School of Medicine as assistant program director for the Masters of Science in Anesthesia program.  In addition to his continuation of anesthesia practice, Lance serves on the National Certifying Commission for Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) test writing committee and works with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to write and revise questions for the national AA certifying examination.  He has created a series of popular anesthesia procedure videos and was published as a video contributor to the popular emergency medicine procedural book, Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine, 6th Edition.  In addition to clinical and didactic instruction, Lance serves as chair of the MSA curriculum committee and was instrumental in creating a certifying examination preparation course for students in their clinical phase.

 

Program Staff

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Laura Begley, M.A., M.B.A.
Allied Health Program Coordinator Work Phone: (816) 235-5412
  • Bachelor of Arts: Lindenwood University
  • Master of Arts: Lindenwood University
  • Master of Business Administration: Lindenwood University
  • Candidate, Doctor of Education: University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Laura joined the UMKC staff in 2009 as Program Assistant for the Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) program. Her current role as Allied Health Program Coordinator allows her to serve students in both the MSA and Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant programs. She serves as a Copyright Advocate for the School of Medicine and is also an evaluator for the RooWriter writing assessment program.

Laura has more than a decade of experience working in higher education and nonprofit organizations. Currently, Laura is a doctoral candidate pursuing an EdD with a focus in higher education administration in the UMKC School of Education.

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Roslyn Powell
Graduate Studies Program Assistant Work Phone: (816) 235-1863
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts: UMKC (2013)

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Roz joined the UMKC staff in 1998 she’s worked with the School of Education Department and the Career Services Staff and in 2015 she joined the Allied Health Program.

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Marge Weimer, MEd
Education Coordinator Work Phone: (816) 235-1963
  • BA – History   Geneva College
  • M.Ed.  University of Pittsburgh
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Maria Young
Allied Health Program Assistant Work Phone: (816) 235-1982
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts: UMKC (2014)
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Maria joined the UMKC staff in 2013 as the Allied Health Program Assistant. In addition to her role within the Office of Allied Health, Maria also serves on the University Staff Council. Maria is pursuing her Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Services Administration from the Bloch School of Management.

 

Program Faculty

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Julie Banderas, Pharm.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate StudiesUMKC School of Medicine Work Phone: (816) 235-5249
  • Specialty: Clinical Pharmacology
  • Doctorate of Pharmacy: University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Clinical Pharmacy Residency: Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Pharmacotherapy Fellowship: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Research interests: HIV prevention, adherence to medications, engagement in care, health literacy.

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Julie earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1990. She completed a clinical pharmacy residency and pharmacotherapy fellowship before she began teaching basic and clinical pharmacology at UMKC School of Medicine in 1994. Happily, she has been able to experience a variety of rewarding opportunities at UMKC. In addition to teaching, she has engaged in clinical research in the areas of adherence, HIV treatment and prevention. She has served on the UMKC Adult Health Sciences IRB and teaches the Responsible Conduct of Research course for UMKC graduate programs. At the School of Medicine, she is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and is a member of the Department of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. She enjoys the inter-professional aspects of her work.

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Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D., M.B.A.
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor Internal Medicine Work Phone: (816) 235-1809
  • Specialty: Clinical Pharmacology
  • Bachelor of Science: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
  • Masters of Business Administration: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Doctorate of Pharmacy: University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Timothy P. Hickman, M.D., M.P.H., M.Ed., FAAP
Associate Teaching Professor Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics Work Phone: (816) 235-1861
  • Medical Degree: University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1980
  • Research interests: Clinical decision support including evidence-based guidelines and order sets; information retrieval, social determinants of health, and evaluation of teaching and learning.
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Areas of expertise:

  • Culturally Appropriate Care and Health Disparities
  • Curriculum Development
  • Active Learning, Small Group Facilitation and Case-Based Learning
  • Information Retrieval
  • Evidence-Based Medicine/Clinical Decision Support
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Dan Hladky, CAA
Assistant Teaching Professor Work Phone: (816) 235-6755
  • Bachelor of Science in Anesthesiology –  Case Western Reserve University – 1974
  • Post Graduate Study in Cell physiology – University of Washington – 1976-77

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Dan has 40 years of experience in teaching clinical anesthesia to AA students and anesthesia residents. He joined the UMKC MSA staff in 2010 as a guest faculty and as full time faculty in 2012. He previously was faculty at CWRU in Cleveland for 25 years. His primary role in the program is as the lead professor in the UMKC Simulation and Clinical Skills Lab as well as teaching Anesthesia and Co-existing Disease I & II. Dan is a member of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and has served on the board of directors. He currently is on the board of the Missouri Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (MAAA).  He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s. Dan has a special interest in regional anesthesia having completed 2 years of regional anesthesia training at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. He has co-authored several papers on pediatric regional anesthesia. Dan’s daughter, Mary, is also an AA and Adjunct Assistant Professor at UMKC.

Trent Platz, MMSc, CAA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Bachelor of Science – Culver-Stockton College – 2006
  • Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiology – Emory University – 2008

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Trent has been working as an Anesthesiologist Assistant at Liberty Hospital since 2008.  Trent is active in the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA), and the Missouri AAA, where he is the treasurer.  He is also active in the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) and has aspirations of winning a million dollars on Survivor.

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Mary Roberts, M.S.A., CAA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Master of Science in Anesthesia – Case Western Reserve University – 2008
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Mary has been a clinical instructor for the MSA program since 2008. She also practices as an Anesthesiologist Assistant at Liberty Hospital. Mary earned her BS in Biology from John Carroll University and her MS in Anesthesia from Case Western Reserve University-Cleveland. Mary served two terms as the President of the Missouri Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants.  She now serves on its Board of Directors.
Chad D. Touchberry, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor Physiology, Biomedical Sciences Work Phone: (816) 235-5992
  • University of Missouri–Kansas City – Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014)
  • University of Kansas – Ph.D. (2009)
  • Midwestern State University – M.S. (2004)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania – B.S. (2000)
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Biography

Dr. Touchberry joined the Department of Basic Medical Science in the School of medicine in 2016. He currently teaches physiology in the Human Structure Function series taught to the medical school students, as well as physiology courses in the Anesthesiologist Assistant and Physician Assistant programs. Dr. Touchberry is an expert in the fields of skeletal and cardiac muscle physiology. His research has focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for the development of cardiovascular disease and the molecular mechanisms responsible for exercise-induced protection from chronic disease. Specifically, Dr. Touchberry has an interest in elucidating the role or uremic toxins in cardiovascular mortality. Moreover, has a long maintained in interest in the role of Heat Shock Proteins in skeletal muscle adaptation and protection from disease. Prior to coming to UMKC he ran the Exercise Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory at the University of Memphis, where he also served as the director and lecturer of courses focused on human physiology, metabolism, and chronic disease. His teaching experience spans over 10 years at the graduate and undergraduate level. He is a member of the American Physiological Society.

Recent Publications

Wacker, M.J., Touchberry, C.D., Silswal, N., Brotto, L., Elmore, C.J., Bonewald, L.F., Andresen, J., Brotto, M. Skeletal muscle, but not cardiovascular function is altered in a mouse model of autosomal recessive hypophosphatemic rickets. Front Physiol. 7:173, 2016.

Graham, Z., Touchberry, C.D., Gupte, A., Bomhoff, G., Geiger, P., and Gallagher, P. Changes in alpha7beta1 integrin signaling following eccentric exercise in heat shocked rat soleus muscle. Muscle and Nerve. 23(6): epub, 2015.

Touchberry, C.D., Elmore, C.J., Srinivas, S., Tchikrizov, V., Swan, H.K., Wetmore, L.A., and Wacker, M.J. Thromboxane A2 does not induce markers of pathological hypertrophy, but does mediate cell death via the IP3 pathway. BMC Pharm Tox. 15:73, 2014.

Silswal, N., Touchberry, C.D., Daniels, D.R., McCarthy, D.L., Andresen, J., Stubbs, J.R., and Wacker, M.J. FGF23 directly reduces endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation and nitric oxide bioavailability. American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism. 26(4): epub, 2014.

Vardiman, P., Jefferies, L., Touchberry, C., and Gallagher, P. Intramuscular heating through fluidotherapy and heat shock protein response. Journal of Athletic Training. 48(3): 353-361, 2013.

Gallagher, P.M., Touchberry, C.D., Teson, K., McCabe, E., Tehel, M., Wacker, M.J. Effects of an acute bout of resistance exercise on fiber-type specific GLUT4 and IGF-1R expression. Applied Physiology, Nutrtion, and Metabolism. 35(5): 581-586, 2013.

Touchberry, C.D., Tchikrizov, V., Green, T.M., Mao, T., Carney, B., Mannix, J., Bonewald, L.F., Wetmore, L.A., Stubbs, J.R., Wacker, M.J. FGF23 is a novel regulator of intracellular calcium and cardiac contractility in addition to cardiac hypertrophy. American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism. 304(8):E863-873, 2013.

Romero-Suarez, S., Mo, C., Touchberry, C., Lara, N., Baker, K., Craig, R., Brotto, L., Andresen, J., Wacker, M., Kaja, S., Abreu, E., Dillmann, W., Mestril, R., Brotto, M., and Nosek, T. Hyperthermia: From Diagnostic and Treatments to New Discoveries. Recent Patents in Biotechnology. 6(3): 172-183, 2012.

Touchberry, C.D., Gupte, A.A., Bomhoff, G.L., Geiger, P.C., Graham, Z.A., and Gallagher, P.M. Acute heat stress prior to downhill running may enhance skeletal muscle remodeling. Cell Stress and Chaperones. 17(6): 693-705, 2012.

Touchberry, C.D., Elmore, C.J., and Wacker, M.J. HL-1 cells exhibit store operated calcium entry. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 416(1-2): 45-50, 2011.

Ty Townsend, M.S.A., CAA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Michael Wacker, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research Associate Teaching ProfessorPhysiology, Biomedical Sciences Work Phone: (816) 235-6069
  • University of Kansas – Ph.D. (2003)
  • Texas Christian University – B.S. (1997)
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Biography

Dr. Wacker joined the Department of Basic Medical Science in the School of Medicine in 2007. He currently teaches physiology in the Human Structure Function series taught to the medical school students, as well as physiology courses in the Anesthesiologist Assistant program and the Physician Assistant program. Dr. Wacker is a member of the Muscle Biology Group at UMKC with expertise in cardiac muscle physiology. The interests in his laboratory focus on agents that alter cardiac muscle function and calcium homeostasis in cardiac myocytes. Acutely, changes in calcium homeostasis can lead to arrhythmias and alteration of cardiac muscle contractility. More chronic alterations in calcium, however, can lead to remodeling of the heart as observed in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. Specifically, Dr. Wacker is interested in endocrine/paracrine agents which may directly alter calcium changes in cardiac myocytes via signaling mediated by membrane receptors. Recently, Dr. Wacker and the Muscle Biology Group have worked in collaboration with the UMKC Bone Biology Group on a NIH-funded project exploring mechanisms of bone-muscle crosstalk. Dr. Wacker’s laboratory has concentrated on a hormone, FGF23, released by bone cells that may play a role in directly altering cardiac function during chronic kidney disease. Additional interests in the laboratory focus on how thromboxane A2, intracellular phosphoinositide signaling, and fibrate drugs may directly alter cardiac muscle function.

 

Recent Publications

Gallagher PM, Touchberry CD, Teson K, McCabe E, Tehel M, Wacker MJ. Effects of an acute bout of resistance exercise on fiber-type specific GLUT4 and IGF-1R expression. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 38 (5): 581-586, 2013. PMID: 23668768

Touchberry CD, Green TM, Tchikrizov V, Mannix JE, Mao TF, Carney BW, Girgis M, Vincent RJ, Wetmore LA, Dawn B, Bonewald L, Stubbs JR, Wacker MJ. FGF23 is a novel regulator of intracellular calcium and cardiac contractility in addition to cardiac hypertrophy. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. 304 (8): E863-873. 2013. PMID: 23443925

Bonewald LF, Wacker MJ. FGF23 Production by Osteocytes. Pediatric Nephrology. 28 (4): 563-568. 2013. PMID: 22983423

Silswal N, Parelkar NK, Wacker MJ, Badr M, Andresen J.   PPARa-Independent Arterial Smooth Muscle Relaxant Effects of PPARa Agonists. PPAR Research. 302495. 2012. PMID: 23008696

Wacker MJ, Tevis O, Hanke J, Howard T, Gilbert W, Orr JA. Characterization of thromboxane A2 receptor and TRPV1 mRNA in cultured sensory neurons. Neuroscience Letters. 515(1):12-7. 2012. PMID: 22425716

Silswal N, Parelkar N, Wacker MJ, Brotto M, Andresen J. Phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate increases intracellular free calcium in arterial smooth muscle cells and elicits vasocontraction. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 300 (6): H2016-26. 2011. PMID: 21421826

Touchberry CD, Elmore CJ, Nguyen TM, Andresen JJ, Zhao X, Orange M, Weisleder N, Brotto M, Claycomb WC, Wacker MJ. Store-Operated Calcium Entry is Present in HL-1 Cardiomyocytes and Contributes to Resting Calcium. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 416 (1-2): 45-50. 2011. PMID: 22079292

Touchberry CD, Bales IK, Stone JK, Rohrberg TJ, Parelkar NK, Nguyen T, Fuentes O, Liu X, Qu CK, Andresen JJ, Valdivia HH, Brotto M, Wacker MJ. Phosphatidylinositol 3,5-Bisphosphate (PI(3,5)P2) Potentiates Cardiac Contractility Via Activation of the Ryanodine Receptor. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 285 (51): 40312-21. 2010. PMID: 20947503

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James Wooten, Pharm.D.
Basic Medical Science Work Phone: (816) 235-2197
  • Specialty: Clinical Pharmacology
  • Doctorate of Pharmacy: Creighton University
  • Clinical Pharmacy Residency: University of California, San Diego
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Dr. Wooten is an Associate Professor of Medicine, in the section of clinical pharmacology for the UMKC School of Medicine. Dr. Wooten’s responsibilities include teaching pharmacology to medical students, as well as students in both the Anesthesia Assistant and Physician Assistant Programs. Dr. Wooten has been a faculty member with the UMKC School of Medicine since 1998. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in 1985 and completed a one-year clinical pharmacy residency at the University of California—San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center in 1986. Before joining UMKC, he worked as a clinical pharmacy coordinator in several hospitals in the Kansas City area and was also a faculty member for a family practice residency program. Dr. Wooten’s professional interests include all aspects of internal medicine and medication use in the elderly.