Fellows

UMKC Fellow Scholarship
and Placements
2018 – 2021

 

Maha Abu Kishk, MD, 2017-2019

Post-Fellowship Position:  Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City and University Health Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

Research Project:  Thyroid dysfunction due to iodine deficiency in chronic parenteral nutrition.

QI: Project:  EMR documentation of the diabetes foot examination

Honors and Awards:  UMKC GME Research Presentation Travel Award to attend the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Meeting, April 24-28, 2019

Presentations/Publications:
Abu Kishk M, Weide L.  ROHHAD Syndrome case with challenging management of sodium and water imbalance secondary to hypothalamic dysfunction with thirst dysregulation. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Meeting, May 2018

Abu Kishk M, Fogg G, Cabandugama P, Weide L.  Thyroid cancer progressed to anaplastic after five years of tracheal deviation on chest-X-Ray as an Incidental finding.  .American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Meeting, May 2018

Abu Kishk M, Dhuse J, Sand LR, Davis AE, Drees B.  Implementing EMR documentation tool to facilitate and standardize foot exam among patients with diabetes at Truman Medical Center (TMC). 6th Annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality and Patient Safety Day.  Kansas City, MO. May 10, 2019

Abu Kishk M, Drees B, Hellman R.  Acute Suppurative Thyroiditis in An Adult Causing Thyroid Storm.  American Assoc. Clin Endocrinologists Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.  April 24-28, 2019

Abu Kishk M, Drees B, Weide L.  Iodine Deficiency Causing Hypothyroidism in an Adult on Chronic Parenteral Nutrition.  American Assoc. Clin Endocrinologists Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. April 24-28, 2019

Drees B and Abu Kishk M.  Diabetes Foot Examination.  Pediatric Endocrine Division, Children’s Mercy Hospital. Jan 26, 2018.

Abu Kishk, M; Paraganglioma and ROHHAD; Joint Conference with KU, UMKC, and CMH; March 3, 2018

 

Sophia Galustian, MD, 2018-2020

Post-Fellowship Position:  Endocrinologist and Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency John’s Episcopal Hospital-South Shore, Far Rockaway, New York

Research Project:  Evaluating diabetes complications in patients of Samoan descent

QI: Project:  Optimizing insulin pump at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Presentations/Publications:

Galustian S, Cabandugama P. Thyroid hormone resistance pattern ( elevated free T4 and free T3 with nonsupressed TSH) with Afib and Heart failure; 28th AACE Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress, Los Angeles CA, April 2019

Galustian S, Loku Galappatty S, Jahav K, Cabandugama P. New onset adult idiopathic primary hypoparathyroidism concomitant with severe aplastic anemia. Endo2020 Abstract. Journal of the Endocrine Society, Volume 4, Issue Supplement_1, April-May 2020, SAT-335, https://doi.org/10.1210/jendso/bvaa046.340

Loku Galappatty S, Havaldar N, Galustian S, Jadhav K, Cabandugama P, Fox-Worth J. An interesting case of hypocalcemia with primary hypoparathyroidism of unknown etiology. Missouri ACP 2019 Charper Meeting.

Galustian S, Touza M.  Optimizing Insulin pump therapy in outpatient setting at Kansas City Veterans Affair Hospital. 7th Annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference.  Kansas City, MO. May 29, 2020 (Virtual Conference)

  

Varundeep Rakhra, DO, 2019-2021

Post-Fellowship Position:  Private Practice Endocrinology, St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Research/QI Project:  Diabetes screening in women with a history of gestational diabetes

Presentations/Publications:

Rakhra V, Patel P, Cabandugama P. Life-saving management of thyrotoxicosis with a single session of plasmapheresis. Endo2020 Abstract. Journal of the Endocrine Society, Volume 4, Issue Supplement_1, April-May 2020, SUN-497, https://doi.org/10.1210/jendso/ bvaa046.224

 Rakhra V, Riley M, Jordan S, Allsworth J, Drees B.  Postpartum Screening for Diabetes in Women with a History of Gestational Diabetes.  7th Annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality and Patient Safety Day.  May 2020, Kansas City, MO

Riley M, Rakhra V, Jordan S, Allsworth J, Drees B.  Accuracy of Documentation for Gestation Diabetes in the Electronic Medical Record. 7th Annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality and Patient Safety Day.  May 2020, Kansas City, MO

Rakhra V, Riley M, Jordan S, Bulchandani S, Allsworth J, Drees B.  Postpartum Screening for Diabetes in Women With A History Of Gestational Diabetes.  Abstract at 81st Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association, June 2021 (Virtual).

Rakhra V, Galappaththy SL, Bulchandani S, Cabandugama PK. Obesity and the Western Diet: How We Got Here. Mo Med. 2020 Nov-Dec;117(6):536-538. PMID: 33311784; PMCID: PMC7721435.

 

Sean McCalmon, DO, 2020-2022

 Post-Fellowship Position:  Pending completion of fellowship

Research Project:  Topical analgesia during fine needle aspiration

QI Project:  Postoperative hypoglycemia with below knee amputation

Presentations/Publications:

Mccalmon S, Galappaththy SL, Bulchandani S, Cabandugama PK. Fasting off “The COVID-19”. Mo Med. 2021 Mar-Apr;118(2):164-167. PMID: 33840861; PMCID: PMC8029627.

 

Reda Asad, MD, 2021-2023

  Post-Fellowship Position:  Pending completion of fellowship

Fellows

UMKC Endocrine Fellowship Faculty
and Fellow Publications

 

2016 – Current

The fellowship opened in 2016.  The first fellow started in 2018.
Faculty are indicated in BOLD. Fellows are indicated by underlining.


2021

Bruce JM, Cozart JS, Shook RP, Ruppen S, Siengsukon C, Simon S, Befort C, Lynch S, Mahmoud R, Drees B, Norouzinia AN, Bradish T, Posson P, Hibbing PR, Bruce AS. Modifying Diet and Exercise in MS (MoDEMS): Study design and protocol for a telehealth weight loss intervention for adults with obesity & Multiple Sclerosis. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Aug;107:106495. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106495. Epub 2021 Jul 1. PMID: 34216814.

Clem J, Barthel B. A Look at Plant-Based Diets. Mo Med. 2021 May-Jun;118(3):233-238. PMID: 34149083; PMCID: PMC8210981.

Cristiano EA, Miles JM, Worsham S, Wiegmann PS, Sharma M, Rakhra V, Goel A, Wiegmann T, Touza MG. Decreased mortality after long term treatment with DPP-4 inhibitors: A retrospective study of US veterans with type 2 diabetes. Endocr Pract. 2021 Aug 6:S1530-891X(21)01155-1. doi: 10.1016/j.eprac.2021.07.017. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34371197.

Grunberger G, Sherr J, Allende M, Blevins T, Bode B, Handelsman Y, Hellman R, Lajara R, Roberts VL, Rodbard D, Stec C, Unger J. American Association of Clinical Endocrinology Clinical Practice Guideline: The Use of Advanced Technology in the Management of Persons with Diabetes Mellitus. Endocr Pract. 2021 Jun;27(6):505-537. doi: 10.1016/j.eprac.2021.04.008. PMID: 34116789.

Mccalmon S, Galappaththy SL, Bulchandani S, Cabandugama PK. Fasting off “The COVID-19”. Mo Med. 2021 Mar-Apr;118(2):164-167. PMID: 33840861; PMCID: PMC8029627.

 

2020

Hellman R. Gluten Free Diets – A Challenge for the Practicing Physician. Mo Med. 2020 Mar-Apr;117(2):119-123. PMID: 32308234; PMCID: PMC7144711.

Hillman E, Paul J, Neustadt M, Reddy M, Wooldridge D, Dall L, Drees B. Establishing a Multi-Institutional Quality and Patient Safety Consortium: Collaboration Across Affiliates in a Community-Based Medical School. Acad Med. 2020 Dec;95(12):1864-1873. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003552. PMID: 32590471; PMCID: PMC7678654.

Lado-Abeal J, Diaz C, Berdine G, Iwuji K, Araujo-Vilar D, Lampon-Fernandez N, Wang M, Lojo S, Rodriguez-Perez A, Rivas AM. High prevalence of non-thyroidal illness syndrome in patients at long-term care facilities. Endocrine. 2020 Nov;70(2):348-355. doi: 10.1007/s12020-020-02321-5. Epub 2020 Apr 28. PMID: 32346815.

Mustafa RA, Gillenwater K, Miller SK, Aly A, Pamulapati H, Sifers TM, Naji D, Drees B, Wooldridge D. QIPS CURE: Implementing a Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Curriculum and Resident Experience. J Grad Med Educ. 2020 Aug;12(4):469-477. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-19-00612.1. PMID: 32879688; PMCID: PMC7450742.

Rakhra V, Galappaththy SL, Bulchandani S, Cabandugama PK. Obesity and the Western Diet: How We Got Here. Mo Med. 2020 Nov-Dec;117(6):536-538. PMID: 33311784; PMCID: PMC7721435.

Lado-Abeal J. Non-thyroidal illness syndrome, the hidden player in the septic shock induced myocardial contractile depression. Med Hypotheses. 2020 Sep;142:109775. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2020.109775. Epub 2020 Apr 22. PMID: 32344285.

Rivas AM, Thavaraputta S, Orellana-Barrios MA, Payne JD, Sotello D, Vinan-Vega M, Lado-Abeal J. Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis and Complicated Thyrotoxicosis, Two Presentations of Hyperthyroidism with Notable Differences in their Clinical Manifestations: An Experience from a Tertiary Care Hospital in the United States. Endocr Pract. 2020 Jul;26(7):699-706. doi: 10.4158/EP-2019-0454. Epub 2020 Nov 24. PMID: 33471637.

Rivas AM, Larumbe-Zabala E, Diaz-Trastoy O, Schurr RN, Jones C, Abdulrahman R, Dar N, Lado-Abeal J. Effect of chemoradiation on the size of the thyroid gland. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2020 Jul 21;33(4):541-545. doi: 10.1080/08998280.2020.1786227. PMID: 33100524; PMCID: PMC7549936.

Rivas Mejia AM, Cameselle-Teijeiro JM, Thavaraputta S, Lado-Abeal J. Adrenal Medullary Hyperplasia, An Under the Radar Cause of Endocrine Hypertension. Am J Med Sci. 2020 Jul 3:S0002-9629(20)30291-3. doi: 10.1016/j.amjms.2020.06.031. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32732076.

Vinan-Vega M, Mantilla B, Jahan N, Cabandugama PC, Nugent K, Lado-Abeal J, Rivas A. Usefulness of plasmapheresis in patients with severe complicated thyrotoxicosis. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2020 Dec 14;34(2):279-282. doi: 10.1080/08998280.2020.1852007. PMID: 33678963; PMCID: PMC7901437.

 

2019

Bao YK, Weide LG, Ganesan VC, Jakhar I, McGill JB, Sahil S, Cheng AL, Gaddis M, Drees BM. High prevalence of comorbid autoimmune diseases in adults with type 1 diabetes from the HealthFacts database. J Diabetes. 2019 Apr;11(4):273-279. doi: 10.1111/1753-0407.12856. Epub 2018 Nov 4. PMID: 30226016.

Bowers BL, Rowe JM, Fox LM, VanDeWege C, Billings S. A novel synchronized visit model as financial justification for clinic-embedded pharmacists. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2019 Dec 2;76(24):2080-2086. doi: 10.1093/ajhp/zxz244. PMID: 31789350.

Bzowyckyj AS, Aquilante CL, Cheng AL, Drees B. Leveraging the Electronic Medical Record to Identify Predictors of Nonattendance to a Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program. Diabetes Educ. 2019 Oct;45(5):544-552. doi: 10.1177/0145721719873066. Epub 2019 Sep 5. PMID: 31486339.

Hasnie U, Lindquist M, Sweeney B, Hampl S, Drees BM. Childhood Obesity in the State of Missouri: A Review for Providers to Counsel and Treat Patients. Mo Med. 2019 Sep-Oct;116(5):409-413. PMID: 31645795; PMCID: PMC6797047.

Kaur A, Grover P, Albawaliz A, Chauhan M, Barthel B. Growing Old Too Fast: A Rare Case of Werner Syndrome. Cureus. 2019 May 24;11(5):e4743. doi: 10.7759/cureus.4743. PMID: 31363425; PMCID: PMC6663278.

Rivas AM, Larumbe E, Thavaraputta S, Juarez E, Adiga A, Lado-Abeal J. Unfavorable Socioeconomic Factors Underlie High Rates of Hospitalization for Complicated Thyrotoxicosis in Some Regions of the United States. Thyroid. 2019 Jan;29(1):27-35. doi: 10.1089/thy.2018.0353. PMID: 30526425.

Segebrecht R, Moncure M, Bennett A, Geehan D, Van Way CW 3rd, Weide L. Ketoacidosis in Euglycemic Patients with Type 2 Diabetes After Abdominal Surgery. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2019 Sep;43(7):937-940. doi: 10.1002/jpen.1594. Epub 2019 Apr 17. PMID: 30997672.

Torres Acosta ND, Loku Galappaththy S, Barthel B. Iodide-induced Hyperthyroidism Within Four Hours of Iodide Load: A Case Report and Review. Cureus. 2019 Oct 22;11(10):e5960. doi: 10.7759/cureus.5960. PMID: 31803549; PMCID: PMC6874283.

 

2018

Bowers BL, Rowe JM, Stafford RA. Using an Algorithm to Assess Vaccination Among Patients Who Attended a Pharmacy Student-Driven Statewide Free Health Screening. J Pharm Pract. 2020 Aug;33(4):425-432. doi: 10.1177/0897190018815367. Epub 2018 Dec 13. PMID: 32618229.

Hammond DA, Rowe JM, Wiley TL, Painter JT. Evaluation of an elective course for preparing students to pursue postgraduate residency training. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2018 Sep;10(9):1264-1271. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2018.06.007. Epub 2018 Jun 28. PMID: 30497630.

 

2017

Artinian NT, Drees BM, Glazer G, Harris K, Kaufman LS, Lopez N, Danek JC, Michaels J. Holistic Admissions in the Health Professions: Strategies for Leaders. Coll Univ. 2017 Spring;92(2):65-68. Epub 2017 Jun 12. PMID: 29200468; PMCID: PMC5708588.

Bonanni S, Sorensen AA, Dubin J, Drees B. The Role of the Fracture Liaison Service in Osteoporosis Care. Mo Med. 2017 Jul-Aug;114(4):295-298. PMID: 30228614; PMCID: PMC6140089.

Cabandugama PK, Gardner MJ, Sowers JR. The Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System in Obesity and Hypertension: Roles in the Cardiorenal Metabolic Syndrome. Med Clin North Am. 2017 Jan;101(1):129-137. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2016.08.009. PMID: 27884224; PMCID: PMC5125542.

Elmer LK, O’Connor CM, Philipp DP, Van Der Kraak G, Gilmour KM, Willmore WG, Barthel BL, Cooke SJ. Oxidative ecology of paternal care in wild smallmouth bass, Micropterus dolomieu. J Exp Biol. 2017 May 15;220(Pt 10):1905-1914. doi: 10.1242/jeb.153775. Epub 2017 Mar 16. PMID: 28302868.

Hammond DA, Rowe JM, Wong A, Wiley TL, Lee KC, Kane-Gill SL. Patient Outcomes Associated with Phenobarbital Use with or Without Benzodiazepines for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: A Systematic Review. Hosp Pharm. 2017 Oct;52(9):607-616. doi: 10.1177/0018578717720310. Epub 2017 Jul 17. PMID: 29276297; PMCID: PMC5735736.

Schwasinger-Schmidt TE, Schrage JP, Moore JB, Drees BM. The State of Diabetes in Kansas: A Community Centered Approach to the Treatment of Diverse Populations. Kans J Med. 2017 Nov 30;10(4):1-20. PMID: 29472981; PMCID: PMC5733403.

Wiley TL, Rowe JM, Hammond DA. Making the most of advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2017 May 15;74(10):648-651. doi: 10.2146/ajhp160202. PMID: 28483944.

 

2016

Buzzola R, Kurukulasuriya LR, Touza M, Litofsky NS, Brietzke S, Sowers JR. A Possible New Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Mutation in a Patient with a Prototypic Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Presentation. Cardiorenal Med. 2016 Feb;6(2):129-34. doi: 10.1159/000440985. Epub 2016 Jan 15. PMID: 26989398; PMCID: PMC4789941.

Drees BM, Yun S. Reducing the Burden of Diabetes Mellitus in the State of Missouri: A Call to Action. Mo Med. 2016 Sep-Oct;113(5):352-357. PMID: 30228498; PMCID: PMC6139831.

 Hellman R. Houston, we have a problem:  Commentary on prevention and management of insulin-associated hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients. Endocr Pract. 2016 Dec;22(12):1453-1455. doi: 10.4158/EP161413.CO. Epub 2016 Sep 28. PMID: 27682349.

Fellows

Sean McCalmon, D.O.

Second Year Fellow

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO

Residency: Stony Brook University, Southampton, NY

What attracted you to the program: I was born and raised in Kansas City, and have traveled the country for training, so it is good to be home. Kansas City offers a diverse patient population with unequivocal opportunity to learn, grow, and excel in the field of endocrinology. I enjoy the challenge of all facets of my chosen field, from rare genetic mutations to the increasingly common metabolic syndrome. The UMKC program offers in-depth training and experience that rivals the field’s top programs, but with the uniqueness of a low-stress environment with attendings who establish a culture of care for the patients as much as my future.

Reda Asad, M.D.

First Year Fellow

Medical School: Mu’tah University, Mu’tah, Jordan

Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO

What attracted you to the program: It all started during my second year of residency, when I had my endocrinology rotation here at UMKC, that’s when I immediately knew that this is where I want to be! The atmosphere in the clinic, the relationship between all the members of the endocrine FAMILY all attracted me and made me more determined to apply here and rank it as my top choice. After spending three years as an IM resident at UMKC, I was given the opportunity to work closely with the different attendings, fellows and nurse practitioners. Everyone here is kind and very dedicated to educating and helping each other. The complexity and versatility of cases (given that you get to work in a safety net hospital, VA and a private group) make this program the perfect place to prepare yourself for any position in the future. Kansas City always felt like my second home and the endocrine department  felt/ feels like my second family.

– – – – Past Fellows – – – –

2020

Sophia Galustian, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
St John’s Episcopal Hospital at South Shore, Far Rockaway, NY

2019

Maha Abu Kishk, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine – Endocrinology Section
Truman Medical Centers –UMKC Health Sciences District and Lakewood, Kansas City, MO

 

Application Information

The Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Fellowship program selects the best qualified candidates regardless of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, handicap, or age.

Candidate requirements include:

A completed application form through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

  • Letter of recommendation from applicant’s current program director
  • Recommendation letters from two faculty members
  • Personal Statement
  • ECFMC certification, if applicable
  • Copy of USMLE score
  • Most current Curriculum Vitae

Based upon the above criteria, a personal interview may be scheduled.  Final selection or ranking of candidates are made by the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Selection Committee. Criteria utilized by the committee for selection are academic achievement, clinical competence, moral and ethical qualities, compassion, social responsibility, collegiality, and enthusiasm.

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator:

Tani Daumas
Truman Medical Centers
2301 Holmes Street
Kansas City MO 64108
Phone:  (816) 404-0917
Email: Taneska.Daumas@tmcmed.org

Faculty

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Betty M. Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E.

Professor, Dean Emerita, Program Director - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship, President - Stowers Institute for Medical Research Graduate Program, James B. and Annabel Nutter/Harry S. Jonas Endowed Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine, Biomedical and Health Informatics
Section: Endocrinology
UMKC School of Medicine, University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District Drees, Betty
Drees, Betty M.
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Maha Abu Kishk, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Truman Medical Centers –UMKC Health Sciences District and Lakewood
Department(s) of Internal Medicine,
Section: Endocrinology

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Endocrinology, Thyroid diseases

Abu Kishk, Maha
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Brandon Barthel, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District, Associate Program Director, Truman Medical Center - Lakewood
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Endocrinology

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Endocrinology, Metabolism

Barthel, Brandon
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Peminda K. Cabandugama, M.D., Bsc. (Hons)

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Endocrinology
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Endocrinology, Metabolism, Obesity

Cabandugama, Peminda K.
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Mariana Garcia-Touza, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Endocrinology
Kansas City Veterans Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Diabetes, Diabetic Nephropathy

Garcia-Touza, Mariana
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Jeffrey Kallsen, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Endocrinology
Kallsen, Jeffrey
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Jose Joaquin Lado-Abeal, M.D.

Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Endocrinology
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Thyroid diseases, Diabetes, Neuroendocrinology

Lado-Abeal, Jose Joaquin
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Jordan Rowe, Pharm.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Pharmacy - Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, Clinical Pharmacist - The Diabetes Center and General Internal Medicine Clinic
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
University Health
Rowe, Jordan
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Dorota Walewicz, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Site Director
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Endocrinology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Walewicz, Dorota
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Lamont G. Weide, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Endocrinology
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Diabetes, Thyroid cancer, Internal Medicine

Weide, Lamont G.
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Associated Faculty

Section of Endocrinology – Children’s Mercy Hospital
Joseph Cernich, MD – Assoc. Professor and Pediatric Endocrinology Program Director

Department of Internal Medicine
Matthew B. Lindquist, MD – Assistant Professor (Weight Management)

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gregory Starks, MD – Clinical Professor (Reproductive Endocrinology)

Department of Radiology
Natasha Acosta, MD – Clinical Asst. Professor (Neuroradiology)

Department of Pathology
Kamani Lankachandra, MD – Assoc. Professor and Chair (Clinical Laboratory)
Hana Hamden, MD – Asst. Professor (Cytopathology)

Hospital Affiliates

Clinical training occurs primarily located at three sites: University Health Truman Medical Center, Hellman & Rosen Endocrine Associates, and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.  Additional training in pediatric endocrinology takes place at Children’s Mercy Hospital which hosts a pediatric endocrinology fellowship program.

University Health Truman Medical Centertmchh08_200w is an urban, academic medical center located on the same campus as the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) health sciences schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry.  TMC provides a broad array of acute and outpatient clinical services to a diverse patient population. It provides primary care and consultative services to 110,000 unique individuals across the lifespan.  It is a 237-bed, Level I trauma center known for programs in asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, high risk obstetrics, ophthalmology, and women’s health.  TMC has been recognized five years in a row by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine as one of Health Care’s “Most Wired” organizations.  TMC is the primary clinical training site for the UMKC School of Medicine medical students, and hosts clinical training for the UMKC’s 35 residency and fellowship programs.

University Health Lakewood Medical Center is located in Lee’s Summit, MO, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, preventive, specialty, geriatric, and women’s health services.  The endocrine faculty practice in this suburban location is growing rapidly, and provides care for a wide range of endocrine conditions in adults of all ages.

 

Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KCVAMC) is located on the east side of Kansas City, MO, approximately three miles from the UMKC Health Sciences District campus.  The KCVAMC is a tertiary referral center for eastern Kansas and western Missouri with a busy endocrine service, including specialized diabetes clinics, weight management programs, and access to large clinical databases for research and quality improvement projects.

cmh08_200wChildren’s Mercy Hospital is a regional pediatric hospital ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in America by U.S. News and World Report.  They house the pediatrics department for UMKC, and host the required pediatric training for the UMKC School of Medicine’s students and residents.  They sponsor a pediatric residency program and a pediatric fellowship program, and have 20 endocrinology faculty on staff.  Their diabetes program cares for 1600 patients.  Joint conferences are held with the pediatric endocrinology program quarterly.

Saint Luke’s HospitalStLukes-New_6693_200w (SLH) of Kansas City is a private, tertiary teaching hospital located in the heart of Kansas City.  The Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute is internationally recognized for is comprehensive cardiac care, as well as its outcomes research programs in cardiovascular disease.  Research programs in the contributing causes of heart disease include diabetes and lipid disorders.  SLH is a major affiliated hospital for the UMKC School of Medicine and hosts clinical training for most of the UMKC adult residency and fellowship programs.

Program Overview

Objective:

The overall objective of the two-year Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism is the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and clinical competence that are necessary to perform as a clinical care provider and consultant in endocrinology.  Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter either clinical or academic practice in endocrinology.

Training Sites:

There are three primary teaching sites:

These three primary sites together provide experience with patients across a diverse spectrum of age, racial and ethnic background, socioeconomic status, gender, and clinical conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Two additional training sites include the TMC-Lakewood campus, which is a satellite hospital with a large primary care, geriatric, and women’s health clinical population, and Children’s Mercy Hospital, which provides the setting for a weekly pediatric endocrine experience scheduled over two months in Year 2.

Curriculum:

Year 1:
The fellow spends seven months at University Health Truman Medical Center, one month at University Health Lakewood Medical Center, and 4 months at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition, the fellow begins formal clinical research training through a masters-level course in Clinical Research Methodology, and dedicated research time.  Training in required procedures is included in all teaching sites across both years of the curriculum.  The Fellow’s Ambulatory Continuity Clinics are two, half-day clinics which are held year-round. Clinical rotations include the following:

  • Inpatient Consultations
  • Ambulatory Consultations
  • Fellow’s Ambulatory Continuity Clinic
  • Laboratory Medicine & Radiology
  • Nutrition

Year 2:
The fellow spends six months at University Health Truman Medical Center one month at University Health Lakewood Medical Center, four months at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and one month at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. A weekly pediatric endocrine experience is scheduled over two months at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Year 2.  The fellow continues formal clinical research training through a masters-level course in Biostatistics. Dedicated research time is built into the schedule.  Clinical research and quality improvement projects may be undertaken at both University Health Medical Centers and the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  The fellow is expected to complete both a research project and a quality improvement project before the end of the second year.  Clinical rotations and experiences include the following:

  • Inpatient Consultations
  • Ambulatory Consultations
  • Fellow’s Ambulatory Continuity Clinic
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Endocrinology of Pregnancy
Conferences:

The didactic curriculum and conferences occur year-round and include the following:

  • Core Curriculum (weekly)
  • Case Conference (weekly)
  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • Radiology Conference (bimonthly)
  • Patient Safety/Quality Improvement (bimonthly)
  • Kansas City Metro Endocrine Grand Rounds (quarterly in collaboration with two other local adult and pediatric endocrinology fellowship programs)
Research:

The research experience includes formal training in research methodology (Year 1) and biostatistics (Year 2) in required graduate courses.  Interested fellows may take additional coursework toward a Certificate in Clinical Research or a Master of Science in Bioinformatics. Fellows will choose a research project and mentor in the first year and complete the project in the second year. A Statistical Consult Service is available through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine to assist fellows with study design and analysis. Study coordinators are available to assist fellows with IRB applications and research compliance. Research opportunities are available with faculty in Endocrinology, as well as in related basic and clinic fields with faculty in other departments across an array of endocrine-related fields (diabetes, metabolic bone disease, nutrition, etc.)

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety:

There is a didactic curriculum in quality improvement and patient safety.  The fellow will complete a mentored quality improvement project by the end of the fellowship, and routinely participate in patient safety activities.

Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism Fellowship

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism fellowship program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). This is a two-year program designed to provide comprehensive clinical training in endocrinology.  Graduates of the program are expected to excel as well-rounded physicians who are prepared to provide compassionate, clinical care of patients with a wide range of endocrine and metabolic conditions. The program offers training and experience in both quality improvement and clinical research.

The fellowship is primarily located at three training sites: University Health Center, the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KCVAMC), and Saint. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. University Health is a safety-net hospital co-located on the UMKC Hospital Hill health sciences campus and provides an urban, academic medical center setting.  University Health has a clinical location in Lee’s Summit, MO with a growing endocrine practice where fellows experience a suburban practice.  The KCVAMC is a large, tertiary referral center for veterans in Kansas and Missouri located about three miles from University Health Center.  Saint Luke’s Hospital is a private, tertiary care teaching hospital with a large cardiovascular clinical and research program, also located only a few miles from University Health Center.

Together with training experiences at other affiliated hospitals, there is experience with patients across a diverse spectrum of age, racial and ethnic background, socioeconomic status, gender, and clinical conditions in both inpatient and ambulatory settings.


Brandon Barthel, M.D.Brandon Barthel, MD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Program Director,
Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism