Emergency Medicine

Residency: PGY3 Class of 2021

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James Arpin, M.D.

Undergraduate: Kansas State University
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Dr. James ArpinI am a Kansas native, growing up in south central Kansas before attending Kansas State University, where I earned my degree in biology. Following undergrad, my wife Shelby and I were both accepted into graduate programs in Saint Louis.  I completed my medical school education at Saint Louis University (I’m still not sure what a Billiken is) and she pursued her doctorate in physical therapy at Wash U. While at SLU I was able to rotate at UMKC, and I had no doubt that it was where I wanted to complete my residency training in emergency medicine. What drew me to UMKC was the supportive faculty, the underserved patient population that the hospital serves, and everything else that Kansas City has to offer outside of the hospital (sports, beer, music, you name it). When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my wife and our dog Stella, riding and racing my road bike, traveling to find a mountain to hike, wood working, or finding a project to work on at our house.
Patrick Brown, D.O.

Undergraduate: Arizona State University
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Brown, PatrickI was born in Abilene Texas and grew up mostly in Los Alamitos California, a suburb of Los Angeles. I went to Arizona State for undergrad and was lucky enough to have a great time while figuring out that medicine was the right career for me. I worked as a scribe in Phoenix while in undergrad and fell in love with emergency medicine pretty quickly while doing that. I then went back to Cali for medical school at Western University in Pomona and now my nationwide tour has landed me in Kansas City. I chose to come to UMKC because it is a well-known and established program which offers a stellar mix of county ER pathology and trauma with strong academic backing. I was also stoked to live in a brand-new area of the country and experience all that KC and the Midwest has to offer. I like Kansas City because it has all the amenities of a large metropolis while not having many of the day to day hassles (there’s never traffic and there’s always parking!). I like sports and am a huge Sun Devils, Angels, Ducks and Cowboys fan. I am looking forward to going to some Jayhawk basketball games with my awesome girlfriend and KU alum Jamie while I am here. In my time off, I enjoy eating my way through KC (the BBQ lives up to the hype), tailgating and travelling for football weekends to cheer on my Sun Devils, pretending to play golf, smoking meat, and cooking. My specific interests within EM include medical education, ultrasound, and trauma.
Matthew Cook, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine

Cook, Matthew
I was born and (mostly) raised in Springfield, MO, but spent those pivotal early elementary school years in Kansas City. I attended undergrad at the University of Missouri in Columbia where I double-majored in Fermentation Sciences and Trivia. After graduating, I spent a year fulfilling my childhood dream of driving an ambulance before returning to MU for Med School. Kansas City is one of my favorite cities (shout-out to the Streetcar), so I was eager to return for my residency years. I had always hoped to train at a program that works with an inner-city population. I found UMKC to be a reputable program with a long history of training great docs and knew it would be a perfect fit.Fun facts about me: I have a twin who is better looking than me. One time a patient told me that I remind them of Robert Redford. If I wasn’t in medicine, I would work the night shift at the assembly line where they make chipotle mayo.
Phi Dinh, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of St. Thomas
Graduate: University of North Texas Health Science Center
Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dinh, PhiBeing a native Texan, I had never been to Kansas City before my interview, but I remember my 70 year-old Uber driver telling me Kansas City is young, hip, and full of “millennials” like me. So far, I love that Kansas City has all the big city amenities without the traffic or expensive cost of living. My interest in emergency medicine began in college when I was recruited to work as an ER scribe during college. I then attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Dallas/Fort Worth for a Masters in Biomedical Sciences and medical school. What drew me to UMKC was that it is one of the most established EM programs in the country. UMKC is also a county safety net hospital that treats a large urban population with plenty of trauma—undoubtedly providing the training to be a competent EM physician. My favorite aspect of the program is how brilliant but down to earth the attendings and residents are. In my spare time, I enjoy patios, any potato themed foods, sarcasm, concerts, traveling, fashion, and aerial yoga.
Jarret Gardner, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of California
Graduate: Rockhurst University
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Gardner, JarretI was born and raised in San Jose, California. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz I spent a year as an emergency department scribe. That is where I fell in love with emergency medicine. I moved to Kansas City for medical school where I received my D.O. degree from The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. The transition from the West Coast to the Midwest was surprisingly easy. While the weather is a little colder in the winter, the people here are unfailingly kind and there is almost never any traffic! The staff and faculty at Truman Medical Center especially, exemplify these Midwestern ideals in their professionalism, dedication to learning and advocacy for their patients. In fact, after a month as a rotating student here in my fourth year of medical school, I knew I wanted to come back for more! In my free time, I enjoy outdoor actives like hiking and camping, reading a good science fiction novel and spending time with my lovely girlfriend Casey and our dog Leo. I have also thoroughly explored the Kansas City food and drink scene. I can honestly say KC has some of the best barbeque, Italian food and breweries around.
Abigail Halleron, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

Halleron, Abigail
Pitch black, with the hum of a well-used boat motor marked the scene of a cool Brazilian night on the Amazon. Oh wait, that’s my personal statement; done with that thing. I, on the other hand, was born and raised in Louisville, KY – notably the Midwest of the south. While I was raised on bluegrass music and fried chicken, I grew to enjoy the artistic and contemporary aspects to the Midwest culture in the city. I love theater and any craft I can get my hands on. However more so, I would say I like doing anything active or outdoors and prefer playing sports to watching them. And yes you can catch me outside in bare feet. I have two cats, Asa and Bartleby, with an Australian Shepherd on the way. We are very happy. I met my soon to be fiancé working in the ED on an away rotation. I handed her a flush and she took my heart.I interviewed in the Midwest and southeast largely and I was looking for a place that felt like both, like home. I’m also interested in Global Health (as one might expect with the pic of my sister and I) many of the attendings have experience with this. Everyone at Truman was so genuinely amiable and easy to talk to while the city was a perfect mix of big city with southern amenities. It felt like home and now it officially is! And thank goodness. It was only a matter of time before people started figuring out I don’t like bourbon.
Karl Hesson, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Texas
Medical School:
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

Hesson, KarlI’m a born and raised Texan from a small town no one has heard of before called Victoria. Went to undergrad at UT Austin (Hook ’em!) where I met my wonderful wife, CC. We both went to med school at UTMB (again, Hook ’em!) in Galveston Texas where we lived and went to school right on the beach. I guess we had enough of the ocean for a while, so we wanted to move as far away from it as possible. One couples matching process and a graduation later and here we are! I’m a big fan of the outdoors, cooking, baking, and all things coffee. My wife is a FM resident here at Truman and we both love it here in KC; great food, parks, people, and most importantly, great residents. We’ve only been here a few months but we’re already thinking of not going back to Texas!
Brendan Kurtz, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine

Kurtz, BrendanI was born and raised in St. Louis. After 18 years there, I moved to Kansas City to attend the 6 year B.A. /M.D. program at UMKC. I was able to get involved with faculty and residents in the ED early in medical school and quickly realized that I wanted to pursue a career in EM. I wanted to complete my residency at Truman because of its exceptional reputation, welcoming faculty and residents, and great location. In my free time, I enjoy finding the best beer in Kansas City (Torn Label Brewing Company), watching St. Louis sports, and spamming memes in the intern group chat.
Dan Thorsteinson, D.O.

Undergraduate: Saint Louis University
Medical School:
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Thorsteinson, DanI am a proud, corn-fed native of the Midwest; born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It wasn’t long after high school that I decided to finally see the world and thus started my hour’s long journey south to scenic St. Louis, Missouri. I attended St. Louis University and studied molecular cell biology while working as an ED scribe. It was here I found my passion for emergency medicine. After my years in St Louis I decided to come back to my home and native Iowa, where I attended Des Moines University for medical school. During medical school, I met my amazing girlfriend Chloe. Together, she and I rescued our newest family member, Lyla. The three of us decided on UMKC after I had rotated here last summer, as it offered a well-established and respected program in a beautiful city. I was made to feel like part of the team when I rotated here, and the attitude toward teaching by attendings, residents, nurses and staff made it easy to learn. The residents here were the most enthusiastic and energized that I had come across, and I was excited to be welcomed aboard. In my free time you can find me with my two favorites, exploring the many unique restaurants in KC, touring the wonderful parks, or enjoying the seemingly nonstop events that happen here in Kansas City.
Matt Twillman, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Central Missouri
Graduate: Webster University
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Twillman, MattI was born and raised in Kansas City, and I was lucky enough to get to stick around for medical school and now residency. I attended the University of Central Missouri for undergrad where I earned a degree in Journalism, before realizing that I really wanted to be in medicine (better late than never). I currently live in Lee’s Summit with my wife, who is a zookeeper at the Kansas City Zoo, our 3 year old daughter and our 7 month old son (not pictured, sorry buddy.) I rotated at Truman as a medical student and was impressed by the wonderful faculty, staff and residents. When not chasing the kids, I love to watch the Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC, travel, try out new restaurants, listen to live music, and drink the occasional delicious beer.
Sean Typher, M.D.

Undergraduate: Regis University
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Typher, SeanHello! I was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. I made my way up north to Regis University for my undergrad, where I also met my wife Shannon (the better-looking one in the photo). For med school I kept the Jesuit tradition going strong by attending Creighton University in Omaha. And here I am now! What I loved most about UMKC when I visited was the faculty- I could tell from first meeting Dr. Stubbs and everyone else that I would be supported during my residency and enjoy the people I would be learning from. When I’m not in the hospital I love doing just about anything outside such as hiking, biking, snowshoeing, etc. (which is why my vacation weeks are normally spent back in Colorado). I also enjoy playing a variety of sports and yelling at my television to coax the NFL athletes on my Fantasy Football team to run faster.