Obstetrics & Gynecology


The Obstetrics and Gynecology program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City is proud to have a group of alumni who are still very involved in the community surrounding UMKC and the Obstetrics & Gynecology residency.

Youngblood Society

The Youngblood Society is the name of the alumni group for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine OB/GYN Department. It was formed in 1997 and the group is named after our former Chairman Dr. James P. Youngblood, MD. Dr. Youngblood was also the former president of ACOG and chairman of the UMKC OB/GYN department. The society aims to promote resident education, support department research, and enhance patient care. (Youngblood Society Facebook page)

Class of 2018


Meghen Bokemper, M.D.
Private Practice-Lincoln, NE

 Alumni Spotlight.

Meghen Bokemper

I cannot say enough how thankful I am for the training I received at UMKC! Working at a variety of hospitals and alongside numerous highly qualified sub-specialists and generalists in the field of obstetrics and gynecology provided me with a wide variety of experiences in residency. The breadth and depth of training prepared me for taking care of patients in private practice. Living in Kansas City during residency was also a wonderful experience, and I greatly enjoyed all the activities the city had to offer.  I am thankful for each surgery I scrubbed into, every delivery I was a part of, and most of all the lasting relationships I formed with both the residents and faculty during my time at UMKC.

Emily Gray, M.D.
Private Practice and Faculty at University of Missouri-Kansas City-Lees Summit, MO

Elizabeth Hahn, M.D.
Private Practice and Faculty at University of South Dakota-Rapid City, SD

Jonathan Hufford, M.D.
Private Practice-Greenville, SC

Kelsey Lee Wagner, M. D.
Private Practice-Waterloo, IA

Lyda Pung, D. O. M. S.
Private Practice-Independence, MO

Aaron Varghese, M.D.
Research Fellow-Gynecologic Oncology, John’s Hopkins SOM-Baltimore, MD



Class of 2017


Megan Brown, M.D.
Private Practice – Shawnee Mission, KS

Denise Cardenal, M.D.
Private Practiced – West Palm Beach, FL

Brian Lovitt, D.O.
Private Practice – North Kansas City, MO

Sarah Nazeer, M.D.
Private Practice – Louisville, KY

Jennifer Reeves, M.D.
Emory University School of Medicine, Family Planning Fellowship – Atlanta, GA

Maria Ruiz, D.O.
Columbia University Medical Center, Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship – New York, NY

Tabitha Schrufer-Poland, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship – Kansas City, MO

Alexis White, M.D.
Faculty – University of Arkansas for Medical Science, Little Rock, AR

 Alumni Spotlight.

UMKC is an amazing program with many different learning environments.  Because we rotate at multiple hospitals, I had the opportunity to learn from many attendings in all sub-specialties in different settings such as private practice, academics and in between. Each hospital had different protocols, EMRs and products which gave me the flexibility to move onto my next job with ease.  My training experience at UMKC fully prepared me for my career as an academic clinician.  This program also gave me many lifelong friendships. In fact, my fellow residents feel more like family and we have remained close even though we have moved away from each other.  I am grateful for my time and training at UMKC and feel confident that I have gained the knowledge and experience to provide exceptional patient care. 

Class of 2016

Yonghee Cho, M.D.
Penn State College of Medicine, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship – Hershey, PA

Olivia Dziadek, M.D.
Private Practice – Houston, TX

 Alumni Spotlight.

I feel that UMKC’s residency in ObGyn has provided me with a strong foundation for private practice. The program provided an open and warm environment, adequate volume of obstetrical and gynecological cases, along with guidance necessary to excel independently in general ObGyn practice. I wiIl always cherish the faculty and staff at the teaching hospitals through which we rotated as residents. I am grateful to the teaching staff at UMKC for nurturing us from internship to chief year, and for the friendships created during the past four years. Good luck to all pursuing their dreams.


Kristen Fried, M.D.
Private Practice – St. Paul, MN

Kathryn McEvoy Goins, M.D.
Private Practice – Gallup, NM

Annalise James Hussain, M.D.
Private Practice – Chicago, IL

Aubrey O’Connor, M.D.
Private Practice – Kansas City, MO

Melissa McKean Quinn, M.D.
Private Practice – Austin, TX

Laura Wolfe, M.D.
Private Practice – Kansas City, MO

Class of 2015

Jessica Bare, M.D.
Private Practice – Fort Collins, CO

Jessica Blount, M.D.
Private Practice – Colorado Springs, CO

Jessica Curry, M.D.
Private Practice – Quincy, IL

Meghan Hurt, M.D.
Private Practice – Kansas City, MO

Crystal Meacham, D.O.
Private Practice – Lee’s Summit & Kansas City, MO

Abrea Roark, D.O.
Private Practice – New Ulm, MN

 Alumni Spotlight.

It was truly a privilege to train at UMKC. I had an outstanding experience during my 4 years at UMKC. I had the opportunity to rotate at three hospitals, learning from multiple physicians with a variety of medical experiences. Learning from different generalists and sub-specialists allowed me to have a variety of opinions to learn from and really develop my personal style of how I wanted to practice medicine. I feel that the exceptional training I had at UMKC allowed me to be well prepared and successful when I started private practice. The attendings at UMKC truly cared about us as people and physicians and went the extra mile to ensure our success in the future. I am also grateful for the lifelong friendships I made with my co-residents along the way; it was truly a family experience where we supported each other. I am confident that my training at UMKC.

Beth Carver Soulli, M.D.
Private Practice – Ames, IA

Priyanka Singh, M.D.
Private Practice – Montpelier, VT

Class of 2014

Laura Arnold, D.O.
Private Practice – Fort Worth, TX

Tara Chettiar, M.D.
Private Practice – Overland Park, KS

Matthew Connell, D.O.
National Institutes of Health, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship – Bethesda, MD

 Alumni Spotlight.

UMKC gave me a very strong foundation to be successful during my fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. I was well prepared for the laparoscopic and robotic cases that I encountered. Throughout my training I received many practical lessons. To this day, I still can picture certain attendings sharing their wisdom. My training at UMKC certainly helped shape the physician I am today.

Beena Green, M.D.
Private Practice – Rolla, MO

Samuel Kassar, M.D.
Private Practice – Glendora, CA

Emily Linklater, D.O.
Private Practice – Red Wing, MN

Rachel Swim, M.D.
Private Practice – Lincoln, NE