The UMKC School of Medicine has announced that Stephen Jarvis, M.D., will serve as interim academic chair of the UMKC Department of Psychiatry.
Jarvis received his medical degree from University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed residency and fellowship training from the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As a UMKC faculty member, Jarvis has held multiple administrative positions at Truman Medical Centers and at the former Western Missouri Mental Health Center. He serves as the associate chief medical officer and clinical department chair for Psychiatry at Truman Medical Centers.
Jarvis assumed his new role on November 20, 2017.
He replaces Nash Boutros, M.D., who served as chair of the UMKC Department of Psychiatry and medical director for the Center for Behavioral Medicine from 2014 to 2017. Boutros, a professor of psychiatry, holds tenure in the department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Boutros will remain at UMKC to continue his research program.
UMKC School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., is pleased to announce two key appointments as the school continues to align itself for the future.
Paula Monaghan-Nichols, Ph.D., has been appointed Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Michael Wacker, Ph.D., has been appointed Vice Chair. Christopher Papasian, Ph.D., who has served as department chair since 1998, will retire in December. Although Dr. Papasian will remain Chair through December, Drs. Monaghan-Nichols and Wacker will begin to work with Dr. Papasian on September 1 to assure a smooth transition of leadership responsibilities in the department.
Both Dr. Monaghan-Nichols and Dr. Wacker are exceptionally qualified for their new leadership positions.
Dr. Monaghan-Nichols came to the School of Medicine in 2016 as associate dean of research. She previously served on the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring and research.
An expert in genetics and neurobiology, she has maintained a continuous record of funding from the National Institutes of Health for research since 1999. Her research focuses on identifying genes and environmental factors that alter the development of areas in the brain essential for emotion and cognition.
Dr. Monaghan-Nichols earned her undergraduate degree in genetics at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She received a Ph.D. in genetic engineering and molecular biology and did a post-graduate fellowship in molecular genetics and development at the Medical Research Council in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Wacker has been a member of the School of Medicine faculty since 2007. He has excelled in teaching, research, and service, most recently working on academic and faculty initiatives as associate dean for academic affairs. He also has served as assistant dean for student research, as vice chair of the council on evaluation, as a faculty senate representative, and as a member of numerous curriculum, selection and faculty search committees.
Dr. Wacker is course director for the Human Structure and Function series taught to medical students and teaches physiology courses in both Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) and Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant (MMSPA) programs.
As a researcher, he maintains a cardiovascular laboratory to study factors that may directly alter cardiac myocyte calcium handling and cardiac function during conditions such as chronic kidney disease. He has received extramural funding through the NIH and the American Heart Association.
Dr. Wacker earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University.
Dr. Papasian’s long and productive tenure as chair will be celebrated at an event this fall.
Timothy Hickman, M.D. ’80, M.Ed, M.P.H., F.A.A.P., associate teaching professor of biomedical and health informatics, has been selected to serve in two national positions.
He was recently elected as president of Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) Board of Directors. He has also been chosen as a representative of the American Academy of Pediatrics to serve on the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign Collaborative.
Hickman chaired the planning committee for the APTR annual meeting, Teaching Prevention 2017: Aligning Curriculum to Achieve Health Equity that took place in April in Savannah, Georgia. At the conference, he also presented a poster, “What do Medical Students Need to Know about Population Health and Preventive Medicine.”
He has been a member of the ATPR Board of Directors, the Paul Ambrose Scholars Planning Committee and the Board of Governors for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Working with the March of Dimes, Hickman will be part of the Clinical and Public Health Practice workgroup. He also currently serves as on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ section on epidemiology, public health and evidence.
The group is one of five March of Dimes workgroups designed to foster communities that provide the healthiest possible start to life for the most vulnerable newborn infants. Its purpose is to explore and share the best available research and experience to improve health-care practice and public health policy for newborn children.
The prematurity campaign collaborative was launched in 2003 to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding premature berths and to decrease premature births in the United States. It is made up of nearly 200 leaders in maternal and child health organizations throughout the nation.
Beth Rosemergey, D.O., has been appointed director of the UMKC Community and Family Medicine Residency program. Her appointment will take effect March 20.
The program, based at Truman Medical Center Lakewood, has trained family medicine residents for 35 years, the past 15 years under the direction of Todd Shaffer, M.D.
Rosemergey, a graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, completed her family medicine residency at UMKC. She served as the program’s chief resident before joining the faculty as an assistant professor of medicine in 1992.
Since 2014, Rosemergey has served as vice president of outpatient care, medical director of the Bess Truman Family Medical Center, and medical director of the Lakewood Pavilion. She has also served on the UMKC Honor Council and as the UMKC Faculty Council representative for TMC Lakewood.
“I am honored to be the program director for this outstanding family medicine residency,” Rosemergey said. “I am standing on the shoulders of many wise and committed faculty in a program steeped in tradition, while charting a course for the future of family medicine.”
Shaffer, also a graduate of the UMKC family medicine program, will continue to teach residents at TMC Lakewood. He is heavily involved with several national efforts of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Michael Artman, M.D., chair of pediatrics, was named the Joyce C. Hall Eminent Scholar in Pediatrics. Tom Curran, Ph.D., FRS, professor of pediatrics, chief scientific officer and executive director of the Children’s Research Institute, has been named the Donald J. Hall Eminent Scholar in Pediatric Research.
Eminent scholars are endowed positions given only to medical specialists and researchers recognized internationally for contributions to improving effective treatments and lifesaving cures.
Artman joined the School of Medicine faculty and Children’s Mercy in 2010 as chairman of pediatrics and Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics. A pediatric cardiologist with an interest in heart failure, his research has focused on excitation-contraction coupling and regulation of contractile function in the immature heart.
Curran came to Children’s Mercy and UMKC School of Medicine earlier this year. He has been recognized for many research breakthroughs, including recent efforts studying pediatric brain tumors. His work spans molecular biology, neurobiology and cancer research, and he has published nearly 300 articles, which have been cited more than 50,000 times.
Hallmark Cards founder “J.C.” Hall and his son and current chairman Donald Hall endowed the positions. Children’s Mercy honored Artman and Curran on Nov. 14.
Two UMKC School of Medicine students have been selected to serve in national and regional leadership positions with the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association.
Fourth-year student Tim Chow was recently appointed to the organization’s executive board as the chief financial officer. Elizabeth Theng, a second-year student, was selected to serve as one of four regional directors for APAMSA’s Region VI, which covers 11 states.
This is Chow’s second term on the national board. Last year, he served as the national director of membership. Before that he served as the Region VI director and as treasurer of the UMKC chapter of APMSA. He has been part of the organization throughout his time at UMKC.
Theng became involved with APAMA during her first year at the School, largely as a volunteer at various local health fairs and as a representative for first-year students. She currently also serves as treasurer of the School of Medicine chapter of APAMSA.
The latest appointments came during the organization’s 2016 national conference at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. They are each is for one year.
APAMSA is an organization of medical and pre-medical students that provides a forum for student leaders to develop programs and initiatives to address health issues unique to the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has appointed Paul Dowling, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and long-time director of allergy and immunology training, to serve on its Review Committee for Allergy and Immunology.
Dowling has served as a member of the School of Medicine faculty since 1998. He is a long-time member of the school’s Graduate Medical Education Committee.
A graduate of Albany Medical College, Dowling completed his pediatrics residency at Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State University. He specializes in allergic rhinitis, asthma, and food and drug allergies.
“This is a significant six-year appointment,” said Christine Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., associate dean for Graduate Medical Education. “I fully expect that Dr. Dowling’s appointment to this committee will enhance his program and the work of the GMEC at the School of Medicine, as well as his specialty on a national level.”
The ACGME oversees accreditation of about 9,600 residency and fellowship programs at nearly 700 institutions throughout the United States. Accreditation assures programs and sponsoring institutions meet quality standards for their particular specialty or subspecialty practice.
Reem Mustafa, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and docent, has been selected to the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC). She is one of 14 inaugural members of the independent, non-profit research organization that will analyze and report on the effectiveness and value of new drugs and medical services.
The council is made up of clinicians, clinical research methodologists and public representatives. It is one of three public bodies convened by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). The Midwest group will debate ICER reports on new drugs, while considering public comment on the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of drugs that are under review.
Members of the council are experts in a broad range of disciplines such as medical ethics, outcomes research, methodology, technology assessment, patient advocacy and engagement, and clinical practice.
“The inaugural members of the Midwest CEPAC are a distinguished group of individuals, and we are proud to have them take on this critical public role,” said Steven Pearson, M.D., M.Sc., ICER president. “Patients, clinicians, insurers, and policymakers can all benefit from independent, clear judgments of what we know about which drugs work best for which patients.”
Mustafa serves as director of quality improvement and patient safety education for the internal medicine residency program, and chief of nephrology at the School of Medicine. A faculty member since 2012, her medical interests include shared decision making considering patients’ values and preferences based on the best available evidence. Her research interests include the application of principles of evidence-based medicine in clinical decision-making and guidelines development.
The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Alison Troutwine as administrative chief of staff. She will assume her new role on March 1, 2015.
Troutwine has served as the executive staff assistant to the dean since 2013. She succeeds Melvin Davis, the current administrative chief of staff, who announced his retirement effective the end of February 2015.
In making the announcement, the Dean’s Office said the School of Medicine is extremely fortunate to have Troutwine, who has the background to coordinate the level of administrative tasks and provide the necessary support to the dean in a manner that will continue to move the school forward strategically.
Prior to joining UMKC, Troutwine worked for five years as a business manager in the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Her role there has provided her with the foundation necessary to interact effectively with both clinical and academic faculty.
John Q. Wang, M.D., Ph.D., who joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2004 as Westport Anesthesia Services/Missouri Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology Research, has been appointed acting associate dean for research.
Wang will take a leadership role in the strategic direction of research at the School of Medicine, in research faculty mentoring, evaluation of research outcomes, and in the implementation of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program at the School.
“The timing of this appointment is important to the School as we prepare for a transition in the dean’s position, as well as evaluate our research and education collaborations with the School of Biological Sciences,” School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., said.
UMKC honored Wang in 2012 with its Trustees Faculty Fellowship Award, which recognizes faculty with a sustained nationally and internationally recognized record of research and scholarly achievements at UMKC.
Wang came to UMKC in 1998 as an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy before joining the School of Medicine faculty as a professor of anesthesiology and professor of basic medical science. He is internationally recognized as a researcher and scholar in molecular regulation of neural function in substance abuse, pain, and cognitive function. He is the author of more than 180 peer reviewed manuscripts and serves on national and international review committees and editorial boards.