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November 2018

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Dean Jackson offers advice, assurances on rare disease

Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., Interim DeanA rare polio-like disease is cropping up again this fall, and Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78, a specialist in childhood infectious diseases, has put together expert advice for parents and physicians. Read more >>>

Weaver, school recognized for equity, diversity efforts

Dr. Michael WeaverDr. Michael Weaver, M.D. ’77, has been recognized by the Black Health Care Coalition of Kansas City for his efforts to narrow the equity gap in health care for African-Americans. His award is one of several recognitions related to diversity and inclusion for the school and its faculty, students and administrators. Read more >>>

Alumna combats patients' excessive sweating

Dr. Dee Anna GlaserDee Anna Glaser, M.D. ’87, is an expert in the study and treatment of excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. She was recently involved in pilot studies on the safety and effectiveness of Qbrexza, a wipe developed for the treatment for hyperhidrosis, which recently received FDA approval. The breakthrough could help more than 15 million people in the United States alone. Read more >>>


It's official: Full accreditation renewed for 8 years

study group gathered around a conference tableThe UMKC School of Medicine on Oct. 22 received an official letter from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education announcing a full, eight-year accreditation. It is the highest level and the maximum accreditation term granted by the committee. An LCME survey team visited the School of Medicine last spring, reviewing 93 elements of the school and its programs. Read more >>>


$3.2 million grant will aid future health professionals

Photo of silos by Ralston CrawfordA program by the Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics’ Salon will view and discuss the current exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, “Structured Visions: The Photographs of Ralston Crawford.” The program from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 will include light refreshments, an exhibit tour and a presentation by William Ritter, M.D., F.A.C.C., clinical assistant professor of internal medicine. (A salon is a gathering for discussion associated with art, literature or philosophy.) The program is free and open to students, faculty, staff and friends of the School of Medicine, but reservations are requested. Interested? RSVP to Sarah McKee at or 816-235-5882.


Celebrating 'The Improbable Victory'

Event attendees engaged in onversationThe celebration “Against All Odds: The Improbable Victory of Creating Hospital Hill” was held in October at the Diastole Scholars’ Center. The event marked the addition to the center’s book offerings of “From Cuba With a Vision,” by Dr. Felix Sabates Sr., and the centennial reprint of “Take Wing!” by Dr. E. Grey Dimond, with a new foreword by Nancy Hill. “A Proven Experiment: Looking Back at the UMKC School of Medicine,” edited by Jerald and Patricia Burton, rounds out what Diastole has dubbed its “Against All Odds” collection. Patricia Burton and Dr. Sabates spoke at the event, along with Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78, interim dean of the School of Medicine. Check out photos from the event and see how to order these and other books from the Diastole Shop.

Honor society seeks alumni candidates

The Missouri Delta chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, is seeking School of Medicine alumni members interested in being considered for membership. To be eligible, UMKC alumni must have graduated from medical school a minimum of 10 years ago. The criteria considered include scholastic excellence, demonstrated professionalism, leadership, ethics, fairness, service and achievement in medicine, research or both. Interested? Read more >>>

Physician-researchers sought

Do you split your work time in half between research and seeing patients? Do you find the mix makes you both a better physician and a better medical researcher? For its next issue, the alumni magazine UMKC Medicine is looking for physician-researcher alumni. If you fit that bill and are willing to be interviewed, email

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