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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.

Former hospital chief appointed new associate dean

Samuel H. Turner, Sr.
Samuel H. Turner, Sr.

The School of Medicine announced that Samuel H. Turner, Sr., former Shawnee Mission Medical Center president and CEO, has been appointed as the new Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion starting Sept. 1. He has served as a consultant in that office since May 2014.

Turner has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior-level executive in large health care organizations. In previous roles, he provided cultural leadership, worked with boards of directors, and built partnerships and referral relationships to establish and implement strategies that strengthen overall business operations.

He served a dual role at Shawnee Mission Medical Center from 2000 to 2011, managing a health care facility that earned top rankings in patient satisfaction and employee/physician engagement among all hospitals in the Adventist Health System. During his tenure, the hospital was selected one of Solucient’s Top 100 Hospitals on multiple occasions, received the Kansas Award for Excellence, and was recognized with various other quality awards.

Prior to his work at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Turner served in senior leadership roles at Lakeshore Health System, Inc., in East Chicago, Indiana, and at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland. He also launched a consulting firm that specialized in physician practices and hospitals, advising in areas such as reimbursement, compliance, office administration, and marketing, as well as in legal matters.

Turner received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tennessee State University and earned a law degree at Vanderbilt University.

Troutwine appointed administrative chief of staff

Alison Troutwine
Alison Troutwine

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.

KC Philanthropist James B. Nutter gives School of Medicine $750,000

The School of Medicine recognized Kansas City businessman and philanthropist James B. Nutter with an honorary doctorate during the commencement ceremony on May 22 at the Kansas City Music Hall.
James B. Nutter

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced a $750,000 gift from James B. Nutter to the School of Medicine to establish a professorship in diabetes and endocrine studies. Nutter, founder and chairman of James B. Nutter & Co., called the School of Medicine “one of Kansas City’s greatest and most unsung assets” and said he has a personal reason for designating the gift for a position in diabetes and endocrine studies.

“I have fought diabetes, and know it is a disease that threatens to become epidemic in our country,” Nutter said. “This gift is really a gift to our grandchildren and to people yet unborn, that it might help this great medical school find ways to prevent the onset of diabetes and to improve quality of life for generations to come.”

Betty Drees, M.D., former dean of the School of Medicine, thanked Nutter for the gift and said the professorship it establishes will be named for Nutter, his wife Annabel, and former School of Medicine dean and a longtime friend of Nutter’s, Harry Jonas, M.D..

“Diabetes and pre-diabetes are very important health issues in Kansas City,” said Drees, who will continue to serve on the School of Medicine’s faculty.

“We have good evidence that we can prevent pre-diabetes from developing into diabetes, as well as good treatments to prevent complications from diabetes in those who already have the disease. School of Medicine faculty, staff and students are committed to advancing health in our community through caring for individuals with chronic diseases, as well as preventing these diseases.”

The School of Medicine was a recent sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s 5K Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes. More than 60  medical, pharmacy, and nursing “Roos on Call” students helped with the event and with screening for diabetes mellitus.

“We are truly grateful for Mr. Nutter’s generous commitment to the School of Medicine and the investment in a better future for the health of Kansas City,” Drees said.

The school has more than 20 endowed chairs and professorships, the most of any academic unit in the University of Missouri System. This was the eighth of those to be funded during Drees’ tenure as dean. She left the deanship recently after serving in the position more than 12 years and will continue to serve on the faculty, with an emphasis in improving  health outcomes and community engagement.

Steven L. Kanter, M.D., succeeded Drees as dean of the School of Medicine Oct. 1. Kanter also thanked Nutter for  his gift.

“This school will continue its long record of training top physicians thanks to generous donors like Mr. Nutter,” Kanter said. “Support like this is critical to our continued success. We are extremely grateful.”

Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., 1921-2014

Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., 1921-2014
Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., 1921-2014

Marjorie Sirridge, M.D., a cornerstone of the UMKC School of Medicine, died peacefully on July 30. She was 92.

Sirridge was integral to the School of Medicine from its inception, serving as a founding docent and later as the School’s dean. Combined with her deep appreciation for medical humanities, Sirridge brought an approach to medicine that emphasized empathy and compassion for the patient, characteristics that are bedrocks of the School’s curriculum.

Sirridge earned her medical degree in 1944, graduating first in her class from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Just two years later, when informed that it was not acceptable to become pregnant while completing one’s residency program, Sirridge put aside her career to begin a family.

She resumed her medical career in 1951, picking up where she had left off by specializing in internal medicine and hematology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the University of Kansas Medical Center. She published her first book in 1967, Laboratory Evaluation of Hemostasis and Thrombosis, which has gone through three editions.

After working in private practice and serving on faculty at the University of Kansas School of Medicine for more than a decade, Sirridge and her husband, William, were recruited to serve as two of the three founding docents for the new University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine when the School opened in 1971. Sirridge spent the remainder of her career in numerous roles at the School.

“We have all been extremely privileged to have worked with Dr. Sirridge for many years and have been enriched by her tremendous wisdom and guidance,” said School of Medicine Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P.  “Her contributions to the School of Medicine are many and  will have a lasting and positive impact on future generations of physicians.”

She was highly active in health-related activities at all levels and served on many community-related boards. Among a long list of medical-related honors, Sirridge received the Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award from the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine in 2010. Her civic efforts were also recognized with many awards and honors including the Outstanding Kansas Citian and the Kansas City Career Woman of the Year awards.

While serving as a docent, Sirridge established the UMKC Program for Women in Medicine in 1983 to help female students and physicians succeed in a male-dominated system. Due in part to her influence, the UMKC School of Medicine boasts one of the highest rates of female students among the country’s co-educational medical schools.

When the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) created a traveling exhibit in 2003 called Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating American Women Physicians, Sirridge was included as one of the pioneering women in medicine. The exhibit now exists online to honor the achievements of those women who excelled in their medical careers.

Asked how she stood out and made a difference as a physician, Sirridge wrote in her NLM biography, “I genuinely care about patients. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of patient care.”

Marjorie and William Sirridge endowed the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Marjorie Sirridge became its first director in 1992, building a program of courses in medicine and the humanities that other medical schools in the country have copied. She later endowed a professorship in medical humanities.

Sirridge was appointed dean of the medical school in 1997 and served in that role until 1999, when she again turned her focus to the medical humanities program. The School of Medicine honored her in 2005 with an appointment as a professor emerita.

In 2011, the Kansas University Women in Medicine and Science organization honored Sirridge by establishing the annual Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Excellence in Medicine and Science Award.

“There have been many ups and downs,” Sirridge said in her Changing the Face of Medicine biography. “But I have never felt that I made the wrong decision when I decided to be a physician.”

A private, family service will be held. The family suggests contributions to The Endowed Lectureship of Dr. Marjorie Sirridge at the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Read the Kansas City Star obituary.