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Mathieu Assercq, M.D.

Undergraduate: Centre College, Danville KY
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine Shreveport

Assercq, MathiewI was born in Louisiana, received a B.S. in Chemistry at Centre College in Kentucky, and finished my medical education at LSU-Shreveport. My wife, Emma, and I were thrilled with the prospects of living here to finish my medical education and so that she could complete her law studies. Moving here was intimidating at first since we were both completing our professional studies and moving away from family for the first time since having our two children, Graham and Ava. That being said, I can’t explain how welcoming everyone has been at UMKC. Everyone has been incredibly friendly and the city is very family friendly. Every weekend there’s a different festival or event to attend. More importantly, I have been very impressed by the entire faculty and residents and I am looking forward to our years in KC as we learn to call it home.
Justin Derges, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia Missouri
Graduate School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Derges, JustinI am a native Southwest Missourian, born and raised in the Ozarks. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for undergrad, majoring in Biology and Spanish. It was during this time that I met my lovely wife Rachel. We moved to Kansas City so that I could obtain a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences, after which I began the trek of medical school. I’ve had a passion for medicine from an early age, and am thrilled to be receiving my training in anesthesia at UMKC. My wife and I have now been married over 8 years and we are raising three children. We have lived in KC since 2013, and we love it here. From all the parks and outdoor activities, to places like Crown Center and the River Market, there is always something to do. Aside from family time and medicine, I also have a passion for golf, exercise, swimming, and church service.
Brandon Grosshart, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of California Santa Barbara, Goleta California
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Grosshart, BrandonI was born and raised in San Diego, CA where I enjoyed surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and many other outdoor activities that are made possible by southern California’s beautiful weather. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Biochemistry and worked for a few years in cancer research at UC San Diego before making the move to Iowa to attend Des Moines University for medical school. UMKC anesthesia was my top choice for residency as I was so impressed by the quality of training provided and supportiveness of the faculty in both our education and overall wellbeing. Living in Kansas City has been great as well with plenty of outdoor activities, restaurants, breweries, and sporting events to enjoy.
Yasser Hassan, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Hassan, YasserI was born and raised in Wichita, KS and went to undergrad at The University of Kansas. After undergrad, I worked as an ER scribe in Kansas City for 2 years and then went to medical school at The University of Kansas so I have already been living in Kansas City for a number of years. I was glad to have matched at UMKC and been able to stay in Kansas City. The city is truly a hidden gem in the midwest. It is the perfect sized city where you get some of the perks of a big city but without the headaches of nonstop traffic and high cost of living. There has been lots of growth and development in the city in the last few years and you can always find something to do.
Lee Miesner, D.O.

Undergraduate: Southwest Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences –Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville Missouri

Miesner, LeeI was born and raised on a small dairy farm in Perry County Missouri. I attended Southeast Missouri State University where I graduated with a degree in Mathematics Education. I taught high school math for two years before starting medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Unexpectedly, I really liked my required third year anesthesia rotation and decided this specialty was the best fit for me. Kansas City is a great place to complete residency. There are plenty of things to do and living expenses are low. I have been married for ten years and have two children.
Timothy Stoppelman, M.D.

Undergraduate: Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri
Graduate School: Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City Kansas

Stoppelman, TimothyI was born and raised in Kansas City as one of eight children. I was always interested in science and was planning to go to medical school as I attended Rockhurst University in what seems like a lifetime ago. But interests changed and I ended up in a graduate degree in Ecology at Pitt State. After several other twists and turns, life brought me back to medicine when I attended KU in Kansas City, KS for medical school. I was very happy learning I had matched at UMKC so I could stay close to my family, and my co-residents and faculty have been very friendly and supportive. Finally becoming a doctor has been amazing, but my most important role in life is as the husband of a strong and supportive wife and father of four beautiful children. Life can certainly be hectic in our household, but there is never a dull moment. Free time is scarce, but I can usually steal a few moments to play with the kids or work on one of several “projects” I always have going on around the house. Life has to slow down at some point, but until then, I’m hanging on and enjoying the ride!