Fellows

Dr. Varundeep Rakhra
Varundeep Rakhra, D.O.

Second Year Fellow

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

Residency:  Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY

What attracted you to this program: I attended medical school in Kansas City and am excited to be returning to pursue my training in Endocrinology.

The atmosphere of the Endocrine department and the opportunities available attracted me to this program. I know that because of this, UMKC will provide me with the knowledge and skill set to become a well-trained endocrinologist.

Sean McCalmon, D.O.

First 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.

– – – – 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, Truman Medical Center - 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
Truman Medical Center - 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
Truman Medical Center - 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
Truman Medical Centers
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
Truman Medical Center - 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:  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.

Truman Medical Center (TMC) Health Sciences District (HSD)tmchh08_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.

Truman Medical Center-Lakewood 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 Truman Medical Center-Health Sciences District, one month at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, 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 Truman Medical Center-Health Sciences District, one month at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, 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 Truman 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: Truman Medical Center (TMC), the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KCVAMC), and Saint. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. TMC is a safety-net hospital co-located on the UMKC Hospital Hill health sciences campus and provides an urban, academic medical center setting.  TMC 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 TMC.  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 TMC.

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.


Drees, BettyBetty M. Drees, MD, FACP, FACE

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