Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, is an infectious disease expert. Also an alumna from the UMKC School of Medicine’s innovative six-year B.A./M.D. program, she served as one of six physicians statewide advising Missouri Governor Mike Parson about COVID-19, and was recently named senior advisor of public health in a five-member volunteer group on how Jackson County should spend its $122 million in CARES Act funding.
Three members of the UMKC community with expertise in emergency medicine and public health have been appointed by Mayor Quinton Lucas to the Kansas City Health Commission. Erica Carney, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine, was appointed co-chair of the commission, which provides oversight for the city’s Community Health Improvement Plan and fosters collaborative community efforts in the wider metropolitan area.
Graduation had a slightly different look and feel because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the excitement and joy was the same. The UMKC School of Medicine honored 145 members of the Class of 2020 on May 18 with an online commencement ceremony.
Driven. Creative. Optimistic. Curious. Determined. Smart. Happy. These are common traits found in successful entrepreneurs. All of them are found in Fahad Qureshi. A third-year medical student at UMKC, Qureshi took third place in the UM System Entrepreneurship Quest Pitch Competition, where 20 student teams from across the four campuses presented innovative business ventures.
Like many young, aspiring athletes, Som Singh saw his football career end early with an injury during high school. Yet, his love for sports never waned. Now, it could be taking the fourth-year UMKC medical student to the European College of Sports Science in Spain next fall to present as lead author of a research project on rugby player injuries. His work is part of a project affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and the Rugby Research and Injury Prevention Group (RRIPG) that has been monitoring U.S. Rugby Club-Sevens player injuries and performance.
Two University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty members, Charlie Inboriboon, M.D.; Brian Frehner, Ph.D., and Clara Irazábal-Zurita, Ph.D.; have received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards for the 2020-2021 academic year. Inboriboon, director of International Emergency Medicine Programs at the School of Medicine and associate professor of emergency medicine, received an award to Thailand where he plans to spend six months teaching at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Dana Thompson, M.D., M.S., M.B.A ’91, is a third-generation African-American physician who embodies her family characteristics, the drive for excellence and a thirst to assure access to medical care for those in need. Those traits also made her a natural for the School of Medicine’s 2020 E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Award winner.
In February, team physician Michael Monaco (B.A. ’84, M.D. ’87) was holding the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl trophy. Now, he has a new granddaughter he hasn’t held yet, to keep her from any possible coronavirus exposure. And last June, orthopedic surgeon Matt Matava (B.A. ’86, M.D. ’87) was tending to the St. Louis Blues as they won their first-ever National Hockey League championship. Now, he’s slowly reviving his regular surgery practice and wondering whether the rest of the hockey season will be canceled. Both savor the camaraderie and association with elite athletes that make being a team physician special, and the particular joy of being part of a championship.
The 2020 Hospital Hill Run has gone virtual, and participants can run their distance anytime and anywhere they choose before July 1. This year’s race is sponsored by the UMKC Health Sciences District and UMKC faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends receive a 20% discounted registration.
Coronavirus Preparedness & Response | COVID-19 Questions Answered | Teaching Art In Quarantine – Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, was a guest on Up to Date. KCUR – May 14, 2020
Public Health Officials Aim To Communicate Better With Minorities – Jannette Berkley-Patton, professor at the School of Medicine and director of the UMKC Health Equity Institute, was interviewed. NPR, May 8, 2020
Expert Conversations: Pediatric Sleep Medicine and COVID-19 – David G. Ingram, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, was a guest on the podcast. Pulmonology Consultant – May 11, 2020
A New Normal: 12 Kansas Citians Reflect On How the Pandemic Has Affected Their Lives – Two School of medicine professors were featured: Michael Moncure, trauma surgeon and critical care specialist, Truman Medical Center and professor of surgery, UMKC School of Medicine; and Matthew Gibson, dean of the graduate school of the Stowers Institute and associate professor, UMKC School of Medicine. In Kansas City – May 1, 2020