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SOM announces new Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Nate Thomas

School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., is pleased to announce that E. Nathan Thomas, previously the chief diversity officer for the University of Kansas, has joined the School of Medicine as the new Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion.

A highly successful educator, administrator and entrepreneur, Thomas served as vice provost for diversity and equity at Kansas since July 2014. Before that, he was the first campus diversity director at the University of South Florida Polytechnic, and was founder and a consultant with Invictus Human Capital Management in Florida.

At Kansas, Thomas provided leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion for 21 non-academic and academic units. He expanded the program from a campus-wide to a system-wide model that encompasses four of the university’s campuses, including the medical school. He was responsible for implementing a Diversity Leadership Council work group to execute system-wide diversity efforts and developed work groups to coordinate diversity education and training for all new faculty, staff, and students.

His office at Kansas also partnered with the Office of Faculty Development to fund and implement the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), Resources for Inclusive Teaching, and the Diversity Scholars Program

While at South Florida for nine years, Thomas developed the first campus diversity office. His efforts included a mentoring program to enhance the retention of a diverse student body, a diversity advisory group of faculty, staff, students and community members, and a successful multi-university grant proposal designed to increase the number of women and minorities in technology disciplines.

Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in community/clinical psychology from Norfolk State University. He completed his Ph.D. in ecological-community psychology at Michigan State University.

Thomas began his new role at the UMKC School of Medicine on December 18.

“We are excited to have someone with Nate’s broad range of experience and talent to lead our efforts in diversity and inclusion,” Kanter said. “Please join me in welcoming him to the UMKC School of Medicine.”

School of Medicine announces new chair of Biomedical and Health Informatics

Shui Qing Ye, M.D., Ph.D.

School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., has announced the appointment of Shui Qing Ye, M.D., Ph.D. as chair of the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. The appointment will take effect January 1, 2018.

A professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, Ye will continue to occupy the William R. Brown / Missouri Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine.

As department chair, he will work closely with faculty, staff, and students to help position the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics as a catalyst of innovation and creativity. Ye is an expert in genomics and translational bioinformatics, which will help foster important collaborations with other units throughout the university and with School of Medicine clinical partners. He has a strong track record of using new-age tools to gather and explore Big Data, and of partnering with researchers locally and worldwide in an effort to pinpoint new diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for human diseases.

Ye is the author of two highly acclaimed books on bioinformatics and Big Data in addition to extensive research experience. He served previously as director of the Gene Expression Profiling Core at the Center of Translational Respiratory Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Additionally, he served at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine as director of the Molecular Resource Core.

Ye earned his medical degree from Wuhan University School of Medicine at Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in lipid metabolism at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City, and received his Ph.D. in molecular mechanisms of disease from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Gardner appointed Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Sara Gardner

School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., announced that Sara Gardner, M.D., associate professor and director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program, has been appointed assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Gardner will work directly with the associate dean for Graduate Medical Education in interacting with the school’s Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and non-ACGME programs, residents and fellows. She will be responsible for quality improvement of graduate programs and providing faculty development opportunities to enhance the educational experience for residents and fellows.

She brings important qualifications to this new role, with leadership experience in Graduate Medical Education, teaching and mentoring. Dr. Gardner has experience in the ACGME review process, having served as residency program director since 2009, and as associate program director in 2007 and 2008. She also serves as a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee.

She has chaired the School of Medicine’s Council on Evaluation, served as a Years’ 1 and 2 Docent, and has been a member of many School of Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics residency committees.

A 2002 graduate of the UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Gardner completed her residency and served as chief resident in internal medicine and pediatrics at UMKC.

Please join Dean Kanter in congratulating Dr. Gardner and welcoming her to this important new role at the School of Medicine.

School of Medicine announces key administrative appointments

School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter is pleased to announce several key appointments, as the school continues to align itself for the future.

The new appointments include:

  • Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D. MBA, Vice Dean;
  • Nurry Pirani, M.D., Associate Dean for Curriculum;
  • Stefanie Ellison, M.D., Associate Dean for Learning Initiatives;
  • Michael Wacker, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs;
  • Darla McCarthy, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Curriculum;
  • Jennifer Quaintance, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Assessment and Quality Improvement.

Cuddy will oversee associate deans for curriculum, learning initiatives, allied health and assessment and quality improvement, and he will continue as the Faculty Lead for the upcoming LCME site visit in April 2018. Prior to his new appointment, Cuddy served as senior associate dean for academic affairs and as chair of the coordinating committee since 2003. He has been member of UMKC faculty since 1981.

Pirani now serves as the associate dean for curriculum. Pirani joined the faculty in 2011 as a docent, and served as associate program director and chair of the clinical competency committee for the internal medicine residency program. Before her appointment to associate dean, Pirani served as the vice-chair clinician to the Council on Curriculum.

Ellison will now focus on service learning and interprofessional education initiatives at the school. Ellison served as associate dean for curriculum from 2010-2017, and she will continue to support two subcommittees preparing for the 2018 LCME accreditation visit. She joined the faculty in 2000.

Wacker, in his new role, will work with Cuddy on key academic affairs and faculty affairs initiatives. Prior to this appointment, Wacker served as assistant dean for student research. He joined the faculty in Biomedical Sciences in 2007.

McCarthy will serve as the school representative to UMKC undergraduate degree committees and will serve as a Council on Curriculum liaison to the Year 1-2 advising staff. She will continue to direct the USMLE Step 1 readiness assessment program at the school. McCarthy joined the faculty in 2012 in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Quaintance served the past four years as director of the Office of Assessment and Quality Improvement. She will coordinate the efforts of a cadre of staff responsible for implementing and monitoring an ongoing series of assessment metrics that the schools’ councils will use to monitor the quality of our educational programs. She joined the faculty in 2005.

School of Medicine announces new curriculum council chair

Dr. Ellison, Dr. Pirani

The School of Medicine announced the appointment of Nurry Pirani, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, as the next associate dean for curriculum and chair of the curriculum council. Her appointment began February 13, 2017.

Stefanie Ellison, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, has completed a seven-year term as associate dean and curriculum chair. Ellison will remain a part of the leadership team and continue to develop interprofessional education and other learning initiatives.

Pirani joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2011 as a docent. She has served as the clinical vice chair of the curriculum council since 2014 and as chair of the clerkship director’s subcommittee since 2014. She also has served as chair of the clinical competency committee and as associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency program.

As chair of the curriculum council, Pirani will see that the medical school curriculum complies with all LCME accreditation standards, integrate council policies and procedures, and coordinate the overall structure and goals of the council.

Ellison has served as associate dean of curriculum and curriculum council chair since January of 2010. Under her guidance, the School of Medicine’s Experience-Based Curriculum Guide was rewritten, bringing the general competency objectives up to date and aligning them with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s established competencies.  She also has been one of the organizers for the UMKC health sciences schools’ interprofessional education program.


School announces new associate dean of women’s health

Gary Sutkin, M.D.
Gary Sutkin, M.D.

The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Gary Sutkin, M.D.as the associate dean of women’s health and the Victor and Caroline Schutte Chair in Women’s Health. Sutkin will begin work July 18 at Truman Medical Centers.

Sutkin is a gynecologist, surgeon and researcher who has worked since 2006 at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an associate professor and master educator in the urogynecology division of the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences department.

“We are fortunate to add Dr. Sutkin to the faculty at the UMKC School of Medicine,” said Steven L. Kanter, School of Medicine dean,  who worked with Sutkin at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for eight years. “His top priority is the health of his patients, and I know he will make a difference in the lives of many Kansas Citians.”

Sutkin’s endowed chair position, one of 22 at the School of Medicine, is sponsored by an endowment donated specifically for women’s health. Endowed chairs ensure academic excellence in teaching and research. Sutkin says he is honored to receive the position and looks forward to moving to Kansas City with his wife and their two sons, ages 8 and 4.

“I want to be an excellent physician here, and I believe I can improve women’s health in a number of ways through my emphasis on patient safety, communications in the operating room and research,” Sutkin said. “I appreciate the vision of Dean Kanter. He’s building something special as a strong leader in health care and research, and it’s exciting for me to be a part of that.”

Sutkin completed his undergraduate degrees as well as his medical degree and master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University. He completed his medical residency in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services as well as an advanced preceptorship in urogynecology and reconstructive surgery at Magee-Womens Hospital.

Visiting Professor speaker focuses on curricular changes in medical education

John Mahoney, M.D., M.S., associate dean for medical education at the University of Pittsburgh, was the first Dean's Visiting Professor speaker at the School of Medicine on Jan. 15.
John Mahoney, M.D., M.S., associate dean for medical education at the University of Pittsburgh, was the first Dean’s Visiting Professor speaker at the School of Medicine on Jan. 15.

All across the country, medical schools are experiencing the same thing, according to John Mahoney, M.D., M.S., associate dean for medical education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. National organizations such as the American Medical Association and other outside forces are converging to promote new ideas and changes to what medical education looks like.

On Jan. 15, Mahoney presented at the School of Medicine  as the first speaker in the Dean’s Visiting Professor Lecture Series. In his remarks, he shared thoughts on today’s medical education making broad changes in curriculums on a national scale.

“There are enough forces now calling on medical education, the house of medicine, to look at ourselves critically and understand, are we doing the best possible job for our students and for the country, that it really has been put upon us to take a look at ourselves and ask ourselves before someone else asks us, ‘how are we doing,’ ” Mahoney said.

A leader in curriculum advancement, Mahoney has been instrumental in updating how his school provides medical education. He had a part in designing Pittsburgh’s integrated medical clerkships. He is also recognized for spearheading methodology and content changes that have enhanced the curriculum and has developed innovations in simulation, public health preparedness and technology.

All of that is part of the nationwide push for innovations in medical education to meet today’s health-care needs. These changes are expected to help better train medical students to meet not only the current demands, but the future challenges of a changing health-care system.

An issue impeding such progress, Mahoney said, is the factor of the unknown. With impending change of leadership at the national level and the possibility of changes in health-care laws, Mahoney pointed out that no one knows for certain where the country’s health-care industry is headed financially or philosophically.

“Curricular change is very difficult if you don’t know where you are going,” he said.

Change will be a continuous process, and Mahoney outlined a number of factors that will play into the evolution of medical education.

He presented steps for medical school leaders to take in updating their curriculum with educators looking at and understanding the desired outcomes of their curriculum. Additionally, they must be willing to learn from others and be open to new and different ideas.

“Everything around us is changing. Medical education has to change, too,” said Mahoney. “If I know where I want to go, and understand the desired outcomes, I stand a chance of getting there.”

UMKC School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., established the Dean’s Visiting Professor Lecture Series to bring distinguished speakers to the school. The new program explores important issues in academic medicine and health care.

“This gives us an opportunity to interact with someone who has expertise in the area of academic medicine. We can talk about new ideas, share best practices, discuss common problems,” Kanter said in introducing the lecture series and Mahoney, his long-time colleague. “It is also opportunity for prominent members of the academic medicine community to learn about us and the great things that are happening at the UMKC School of Medicine and the health sciences campus here.”

Dean’s Visiting Professor series will debut on Jan. 15

Dr. John Mahoney
Dr. John Mahoney

Dean Steven Kanter, M.D., has established a new Visiting Professor program that will bring to UMKC School of Medicine renowned speakers from around the country who will explore important issues in academic medicine and health care.

The first speaker in the new Dean’s Visiting Professor series will be John F. Mahoney, M.D., M.S., associate dean for medical education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He will speak at the UMKC School of Medicine at noon on Jan. 15 on “Establishing a Curriculum Vision for 2020 and Beyond.”

An associate professor in emergency medicine, Mahoney has been a leader in curriculum advancement at Pittsburgh. He helped design the school’s integrated clerkships, and spearheaded methodology and content changes that have enhanced the curriculum. He has also developed innovations in simulation, public health preparedness and technology.

Mahoney has served as director of the school’s Office of Medical Education since 1999, and is also a member of Pittsburgh’s Academy of Master Educators.

“We are excited to bring this new Visiting Professor program to UMKC to focus on key issues in academic medicine, as well as to learn from a broad group of key leaders,” Kanter said. “I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Mahoney to Kansas City as our inaugural speaker. His success in medical education makes him an ideal visitor to engage with our faculty and students.”


Faculty appointments will enhance student research

The Dean’s Office has announced the appointments of three faculty members to key positions at the School of Medicine.

Lawrence Dall, M.D., professor of internal medicine and docent, and Michael Wacker, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of physiology, will each serve as assistant dean for student medical research. Mark Hoffman, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical and health informatics and pediatrics, and director of the Center for Health Insights, will assume the additional role of assistant dean for educational innovation.

These individuals will work in their new roles to enhance the continued development of research and education opportunities at the School. Dr. Dall and Dr. Wacker will ensure that medical students who want to do research while in medical school have the best experience possible. They also will assist in the development of student research-related policies and a database of student research activity. Dr. Hoffman will work with faculty and students to explore innovative ideas in medical education, especially those that exploit new technology.

DallDr. Dall joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1982, serving as a docent through 1998, and rejoining the faculty as docent again in 2013. He also was physician group leader for IPC/Providence Medical Center, and was associate medical director for Midwest Hospital Specialists in Kansas City. At the School of Medicine, he has been chief of the section of infectious diseases, and served as chair of the Council of Docents.

Wacker_Michael 2015Dr. Wacker has been a faculty member in the Department of Basic Medical Science since 2007. He was selected as winner of the 2015 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award and consistently has received high marks from students for his teaching. Dr. Wacker has authored many peer-reviewed publications, received extramural grants in cardiovascular research, and has served as a mentor for many student research award winners. Prior to joining the School of Medicine, Dr. Wacker was an instructor and academic program coordinator for the NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program in molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas.

Mark HoffmanDr. Hoffman joined the School of Medicine in 2013. He spent 16 years leading genomics, public health, and research initiatives at Cerner Corporation. He has 17 issued patents, was the principal investigator on a University of Missouri System interdisciplinary-intercampus grant, and has written peer-reviewed publications.

School announces associate dean appointments

Rebecca Pauly, M.D, and John Foxworth, Pharm.D.
Rebecca Pauly, M.D, and John Foxworth, Pharm.D.

The School of Medicine announced that Rebecca Pauly, M.D., and John Foxworth, Pharm.D., will serve as associate deans of faculty development. They will work as partners to lead the school’s efforts to plan and implement high-quality faculty development programs.

Pauly, professor of medicine and professor of biomedical and health informatics, joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2013 as a Blue Unit docent. She has served in leadership roles as chair of the Docent Council and chair of the Noback Docents. She maintains an active practice of internal medicine and has been recognized for inclusion in Best Doctors in America (2007–2016).

Pauly graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University and earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was featured in the National Library of Medicine’s Local Legends, an honor bestowed upon women physicians who have demonstrated commitment, originality, innovation, or creativity in their field of medicine.

Foxworth, professor of medicine and professor of biomedical and health informatics, joined the School of Medicine as a full-time faculty member in 1986 and has served the school in a number of leadership roles. He became assistant dean for faculty development in 2010 and has chaired the Faculty Development Committee since 2011. He also chairs the continuing medical education committees at Truman Medical Centers and the UMKC School of Medicine. He is the director of research for the Internal Medicine Residency program at UMKC and is active in mentoring students in their research projects.

Foxworth earned his doctorate in pharmacology from UMKC. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He is an author of many poster presentations, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters.