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SOM researcher working on novel tissue-preservation technique

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Vision Research Center is part of a $1.5-million National Institutes of Health-funded project exploring a novel technique of cryopreservation. The technology could help meet far-reaching clinical needs in ophthalmology and a number of other fields of medicine. Read More

UMKC Health Professions Students and Coterie Theatre Have Important Message for Kansas City Teens

Gus Frank is a fourth-year medical student at the UMKC School of Medicine acting in the production, “The Dramatic STD/HIV Project.” The partnership brings together health professions students from UMKC and the University of Kansas, as well as Coterie Theatre actors to provide Kansas City teens with the facts about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. Read More

Following a childhood dream

Marlena Long has always loved science. But it was her exposure to life, death and medicine—through farm life and personal experiences—that led her to the six-year B.A./M.D. program at UMKC. Read More



School of Medicine original takes alumni and engagement post

David John, M.D. ’77, has been appointed associate dean of alumni and community engagement. He continues in his role as assistant professor of medicine and Gold One docent.  Read More



Spertus involved in big stent study

A leading UMKC and Saint Luke’s Health System researcher, John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H., was heavily involved in important heart-procedure research. It was published earlier this month and presented at the annual conference of the American Heart Association. Read More


Meet the school’s new alumni president

Ralph Wuebker, M.D. ’94, is the new president of the School of Medicine’s Alumni Association, a post he will hold for the next two years. “I have a great network of friends and lots of good memories thanks to UMKC, so I look forward to the opportunity to give back and support the school,” said Wuebker, the chief medical officer at Slalom Consulting St. Louis. Read More

News Clips

UMKC School of Medicine faculty, students, alumni and staff recently appeared in the news.

Stents and bypass surgery are no more effective than drugs for stable heart disease, highly anticipated trial results show — John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and Daniel J. Lauer, M.D., endowed chair in metabolism and vascular disease research, presented study results at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Philadelphia. Washington Post – December 16, 2019, and others: KCUR

Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades — Carole McArthur, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, is a member of the team that detected a new strain of HIV. – Nov. 7, 2019 and others:;

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