Former faculty member Dennis Palmer, D.O., a medical missionary in Cameroon who currently serves as program director for the Christian Internal Medicine Specialization Residency at Mbingo Baptist Hospital, will return to the School of Medicine on Oct. 30 to deliver the annual William Goodson Jr., M.D., Lecture.
Palmer was a docent at the School of Medicine from 1991 to 2004 and also served for a time as deputy assistant dean for years 1 and 2 medicine. He will speak on “The Role of Internal Medicine in Global Health.”
In 2004, Palmer left UMKC and the United States to take on the roles of medical director for the Cameroon Project and field director for the North American Baptist Conference in Bamenda, Cameroon. He now also serves as medical director of the HIV/AIDs Care and Treatment Program at Mbingo Baptist Hospital.
Palmer and his wife, Nancy, served two tours in Cameroon as medical missionaries before he joined the School of Medicine in 1991. While a member of the faculty, he continued to travel to Cameroon on mission trips, and even wrote a 300-page guide, “The Handbook of Medicine in Developing Countries,” that listed medical procedures and protocols, as well as a list of widely-found medications to help physicians serving in underdeveloped regions.
Palmer received a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from UMKC before attending the University of Health Sciences Kansas City and earning his D.O. degree.