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Interim Dean Appointed at School of Medicine

Mary Anne Jackson, MD
Mary Anne Jackson, MD

Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., has been appointed interim dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Her appointment will begin July 1.

Jackson is a 1978 alum of UMKC’s innovative six-year degree program and has been a faculty member since 1984. She is a professor of pediatrics with a specialization in infectious diseases, holding a clinical appointment with Children’s Mercy, one of the school’s partners in the UMKC Health Sciences District.

Jackson is internationally respected for her impressive record of scholarly achievement. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Red Book Committee on Infectious Diseases, a publication that provides guidance on the diagnosis, treatment, manifestations and epidemiology of more than 200 childhood conditions. She is a journal reviewer for American Journal of Infection Control, Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal and JAMA Pediatrics, among many other research publications.

Jackson has won numerous awards for her mentorship including the Children’s Mercy Department of Pediatrics Excellence in Mentoring award in 2015, and Golden Apple Mentoring Awards in 2012 for mentoring fellows and 2013 for residents. In 2012, she received a Take Wing Award, presented annually at the School of Medicine to one who has demonstrated excellence in his or her chosen field and exceeded the expectations of peers in the practice of medicine, academic medicine or research.

In 2017, Jackson was selected to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. She also serves on the American Heart Association’s Committee on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young as well as numerous additional national, regional and local committees.

Steven L. Kanter, M.D., who served as dean since 2014, is leaving UMKC this summer for an international leadership opportunity in academic health in Washington, D.C. He will be president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Association of Academic Health Centers and the Association of Academic Health Centers International.

School of Medicine announces inaugural chair of Department of Graduate Health Professions in Medicine

Banderas, Julie
Julie Banderas, Pharm.D.

The School of Medicine has announced that Julie Banderas, Pharm.D., will serve as the inaugural chair of the Department of Graduate Health Professions in Medicine.

Banderas is particularly qualified to serve as the chair of the department. She has served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Allied Health since 2012 and before that was Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies.

She will oversee the department as it is integrated into the School of Medicine’s strategic plans and objectives to expand graduate and professional degree programs in medicine to meet the needs of the community.

The School of Medicine currently offers three graduate medical programs that include a Master of Science in Anesthesia, a Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant, and a Master of Health Professions Education.

The Department of Graduate Health Professions in Medicine will serve as academic home for all existing and future graduate medical degree programs. It will bring organization, efficiency and structure to the strategic planning and policy decisions for these programs.

Banderas has an accomplished research, teaching, and leadership record. She provided oversight in supporting two graduate programs that recently underwent successful accreditation reviews.

Therefore, it is with the enthusiastic support of the faculty that the School of Medicine looks forward to the growth of existing graduate programs and the establishment of new programs under her leadership.

Brandt Wible, M.D., appointed interim chair of radiology

Brandt Wible, M.D.

School of Medicine Dean Steven L. Kanter, M.D., has appointed Brandt Wible, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Radiology effective April 1, 2018. Under Wible’s leadership, the Department of Radiology will continue its important role in the School of Medicine’s undergraduate and postgraduate education and research programs.

Wible received his M.D. from the Rush Medical College. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a fellowship in interventional radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Wible is a former United States Peace Corps Volunteer and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters and recently published a second edition of a textbook on interventional procedures in radiology. His clinical interests include oncologic and vascular imaging and treatment and clinical research at Saint Luke’s Plaza and Lee’s Summit Hospitals.

Kanter expressed his thanks and appreciation to Jeffrey Kunin, M.D., for his leadership as interim chair of the UMKC School of Medicine from 2016 to 2018.

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.”