Michael L. O'Dell, M.D., M.S.H.A.
Professor, Chair - Community and Family Medicine, Associate Chief Medical Officer
Department(s) of Community and Family Medicine
Truman Medical Center - Lakewood
Education and Background
University of Kansas
Residency - University of Kansas School of Medicine
Meet Michael O'Dell
I have served as the Chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) since August 2010. The Department is one of the largest training programs in the nation and offers fellowship training in Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, and Operative Obstetrics. My additional duties are as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Truman Medical Center, with primary duties at the Lakewood Campus.I received my Bachelors degree from Kansas State University in 1974 and received my Doctorate of Medicine in 1977 from the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City. Following a year of internship, I was called to active duty service with the Navy returning to the University of Kansas in 1981 to complete my residency training doing so in 1983. Upon completion of Family Medicine residency training in 1983, I joined the faculty of the University of Kansas until 2002. I have held leadership positions and served on the faculties of the University of Texas Medical Branch (1992-1998) and University of Alabama Birmingham’s Huntsville Campus (1998-2002). I also served as the Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC). NMMC is the largest rural hospital in the nation and one of the largest integrated health systems in the nation and a 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. My additional duties at NMMC serving as Chief Quality Officer as well as interim Chief Medical OfficerI am Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1985. I completed a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration at University of Alabama- Birmingham in 2005. I have authored several original papers, professional articles, and book chapters.
I continued my Navy service as a reserve officer and retired from the US Navy Reserve in 1998, holding the rank of Captain (O-6). I was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and other awards during my Navy career and was deployed during the first Gulf War.
I am active in many national, regional, and community activities. I have served as Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality and Practice. I was the Governors Appointee to the Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Financing Authority, which is the state’s bond agency for health care facilities. I served as Chair for Mississippi’s Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. I served as Associate Editor for the Mississippi State Journal of Medicine. I have held various state-level elected positions, including President of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and have been active in various community organizations. I am also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).
I married Kristi Jane Francis in 1973. Kristi holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Kansas and teaches Social Work at the University of Mississippi. We have two children and three grandchildren.
Specialties and Research/Medical Interests
Harm measure assessment and imrovement, Inpatient medication reconciliation, Discharge medication instruction Quality Improvement (Six Sigma), ICU patient and visitor satisfaction quality improvement (Six Sigma), Inpatient congestive heart failure quality improvement, Diabetes outpatient quality of care, CHF outpatient quality improvement