Faculty

The Faculty members of the Department possess an enormous breadth of skills and experiences. Among our faculty strengths are:

  • Extensive International Mission experience
  • Integrative Medicine training and practice
  • Advanced Maternity Care and Operative Delivery
  • Care of athletes, including Olympians
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Commitment to Care to the Underserved
  • Continuous, Comprehensive, Compassionate care of a population.

This array of talents provides a productive learning environment for the acquisitive learner.

Beth Rosemergey, DO, FAAFP
Chair, Department of Community and Family Medicine
Program Director Family Medicine Residency
Associate Professor , UMKC Community and Family Medicine
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Department Chair

Beth Rosemergey, DO, FAAFP

Chair, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Program Director Family Medicine Residency
Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Health Sciences-Kansas City, 1984
Residency: Family Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1988
Rotating Internship: Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg, PA, 1988-1989

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I have been practicing Family Medicine approaching 30 years now. I am a graduate of the UMKCSOM Family Medicine Residency. I have found a community of faculty, residents and staff here at TMC Lakewood who inspire me daily to be the best person and physician I can be. I have served in many different leadership roles through my career here and am the current Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency. My job is challenging and rewarding every single day.  Within Family Medicine I have focused most recently on resident education, ambulatory care, the Patient-Centered Medical Home and population health management. The best thing about my job is that I still get to take care of patients. I have had the honor of caring for multi-generational families over many years and being a part of their personal health journeys’ is a true gift.

An interesting fact about me is that I am married to another Program Director. My husband, Charles Orth, DO is an orthopedic surgeon and part of our family medicine faculty while also running an Orthopedic Surgery residency. We have two grown sons and a youthful double doodle named Bella. Outside of work, I have enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with my community in a number ways but I am most proud of my work with Camp Encourage, an overnight camp for children with Autism. I love to cook- healthful meals, read, exercise, and kayak.  If you are looking for me on my off time I am often at our lake cottage at Lake Lotawana where I go to recharge by soul. Stop by, breath in the lake air and relax sometime if you are in the area.

 

Department Vice-Chair

Griffith, R. StevenR. Stephen Griffith MD

Vice Chair Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
ACMO University Health Lakewood Medical Center
Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Columbia, MO 1977
Residency: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1980; Certification of added qualification in Geriatric Medicine, 1994

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I was raised on a farm near a small town in northeastern Missouri, so being a “show-me” guy and Presbyterian are two things from which I will never recover. I attended college in St. Louis at Washington University prior to medical school. While there, I met the woman who consented to marry me in 1974. Nora and I have 4 children, ranging in age from 11 to 29. After residency I volunteered for the National Health Service Corps working in southeastern North Carolina for four years before returning to Missouri.

I have been with Department of Community and Family Medicine at UMKC School of Medicine since 1984. Initially I worked in the rural office of the Department, then became Program Director of the residency in 1989. I held the position of Associate Chair from 1998 until I became Chair of the Department in 2001. Although there have been many changes in the Department in the last couple of decades, what attracted me in 1984 is still here—a primary care hospital with one residency that trains residents in the full spectrum of Family Medicine. The sense of camaraderie that has existed since the inception of the program and the mission to care for all patients regardless of ability to pay continue to make this a great place to be.

When away from the office, I spend a lot of time being the tack-boy for my equestrian daughter and trying to contain my 13 year old daughter. When time permits, I like to travel, camp and fish in the Boundary Waters (on the Canadian side), see movies, solve crossword puzzles and sudokus, and read non-medical stuff.

 

Faculty

 

Debra Ahern, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Health Sciences – Kansas City, 1991
Residency: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 1994; Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 1994

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Dr. Ahern taught high school biology and chemistry for 10 years. In 1978, she obtained a Juris Doctorate from UMKC, passed the bar exam and practiced law.

In 1987 on her 37th birthday, she became a medical student.  She was premed at MU and planned to attend medical school there. However, MU informed her they had met their quota of women (10 women out of 150 students)!  Therefore, she attended the University of Health Sciences.  After graduation in 1991, Dr. Ahern completed her residency at Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 1991-1994.

Dr. Ahern then practiced at Swope Parkway Comprehensive Health Center until 1999, at which time she returned to Truman Medical Lakewood; now University Health Lakewood Medical Center.

Dr. Ahern especially enjoy teaching the residents and following their progress as they gain experience and confidence. In her spare time, she enjoys cake decorating, snow skiing, reading and hiking.  She is the mother of 4 daughters, reared her nephew, plus multiple foster children and foreign exchange students.

 

Barnett, AngelaAngela Barnett, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Predoctoral Education Director

Medical Degree: University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, 1995
Residency: University of Missouri – Kansas City, Truman Medical Center East, 1998
Fellowship: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Integrative Medicine, 2003; Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine, 2010

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Dr. Angela Barnett has been weaving various experiences in the field of health and wellness into her personal and professional life for over 25 years. A long standing interest in nutritional approaches to healing and wellness inspired her to pursue a medical career with an open mind towards integrative complementary and lifestyle therapies. After completing her residency in Family Medicine at UMKC, she was chosen to complete a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine hosted by Dr. Andrew Weil, at the University of Arizona in Tucson. There, her expertise in integrative care solidified and she further developed her interests in restoring and maintaining health through the combination of traditional medical modalities and functional nutritional medicine, mind-body therapies, botanicals, and other complementary approaches. She has further trained in anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

Her approach to care is to develop individualized, client-centered programs that view health in the context of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance to facilitate wellness and achieve optimal healing. Academically, she enjoys teaching medical students and residents both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She holds appointments as Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.  Currently, she is serving as Medical Director and Associate Program Director for Truman Medical Center’s ongoing projects to develop Integrative Medicine Programs.

 

Cain, ChelsieChelsie Cain, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO, 2016
Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 2019

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Emily C Corcoran, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Medicine, Community and Family Medicine Department
Medical Degree: University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO, 2014
Residency: University of Colorado-Rose Medical Center, 2017

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Dr. Corcoran graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 2014. She then completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado-Rose Family Medicine program. For another three years, she continued to practice in Denver before moving to Kansas City.

She loves providing care to the whole family and is particularly passionate about ensuring access to high quality medical care to underserved communities. From well visits and chronic disease management to maternity care and office based procedures, her passion for Family Medicine keeps her working to provide the best care and empower her patients to take charge of their own health. She is excited to be working with the passionate and skilled department of Community & Family Medicine at Truman.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Corcoran loves to get outside with her family, and when the weather’s bad she can be found knitting, baking or chasing her toddler around the house.

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Dedon orn60Jon Dedon, MD

Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC

Medical Degree: The University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, 1986
Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center, Internal Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, 1989
Fellowship: University of Kansas Medical Center, Geriatric Internal Medicine Fellowship, Kansas City, KS, 1991; Marion Merrill Dow Fellowship in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology, 1991

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Dr. Dedon attended medical school at the University of Kansas.  He completed residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at KU.  While at KU, he was a Marion Merrill Dow Research Fellow in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology.

He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Dedon founded the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UMKC. He recruits, teaches, and supervises the fellows. He coordinates curriculum.

 

Chelsea Fair, MD

Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, San Juan, PR, 2017
Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center, Family Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, 2020
Fellowship: Cone Health Medical Center, Greensboro, NC, Obstetric Fellowship, 2021

 

Foote, StevenSteven Foote, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 2001
Military:  Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, 2003
Residency: Family Medicine Residency Program University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 2011

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After graduating from University Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Foote transitioned to active duty in the United States Navy He then completed a 1 year internship and then entered the Naval Aerospace Medical Institution to complete training as a Naval Flight Surgeon.  While in the Navy he had the pleasure of flying in jets as well as traveling the world to care for his fellow service members.

He returned stateside in 2009 and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  Returning to Missouri in 2011, he joined Cox Health in Springfield spending 5 years on faculty at the Cox Family Medicine program.

In 2017, Dr. Foote returned to his Kansas City roots where he began working for the UMKC Family Medicine Residency as faculty, where he could continue his love of helping others become doctors.  He currently fulfills the roles of director of osteopathic education and occupational health medical director at University Health Lakewood Medical Center.

He lives with his wife (also a doctor) and three children, one dog, one guinea pig, one parrot, and an aquarium full of fish.  He enjoys roller blading, biking, and watching Anime with his family.

 

An-Hoa Giang, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC School of Medicine
Medical Degree: Tufts University School of Medicine, 2017
Residency: Family Medicine & Community Health Residency, University of Massachusetts 2020
Fellowship: Truman Medical Centers Lakewood, Advanced Maternity Care Fellowship, 2021

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I grew up in Erie, PA on the shores of Lake Erie.  I have been lucky enough to have 2 older brothers, 3 older sisters, a younger brother, 3 nephews and a niece.  Like my family, my list of hobbies is expanding – I enjoy skiing, rock climbing, leisure reading (fiction > non-fiction), murder mystery documentaries/audio-podcasts & cooking.

I am beginning my career as a full-fledged doctor at TMC because I completed the OB fellowship at UMKC 2020-2021; from there, I felt that TMC would be a safe environment for me to start growing as an independent physician (both in my primary care, inpatient medicine and obstetrical skills).  I am an NHSC scholar, fulfilling at least the initial year of my 3-year service repayment at University Health Community Care Fairmount Clinic.

My interest is in community and family health, women’s health, addiction medicine, behavioral health, refugee/immigrant populations, global health, learning/teaching/growing.  My goal is to be a good doctor for my patients and a good colleague for my co-workers.

 

Meg Gibson, MD, FAMSSM

Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship
Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC

Medical Degree: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2005
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, St. Margaret Hospital, 2008
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, St. Margaret Hospital, Primary Care Sports Medicine, 2009

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Dr. Meg Gibson received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh – School of Medicine in 2005 and in 2008 graduated from Residency in Family Medicine. She completed the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2009.  Dr. Gibson is dual board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Gibson joined the medical staff at Truman Medical Center Lakewood (now University Health Lakewood Medical Center) in 2009 and has a faculty appointment with the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine as an Associate Professor.  She is the Program Director of the UMKC Sports Medicine Fellowship and works with athletes ranging from high school to college.  She has experience treating musculoskeletal conditions and medical conditions in elite athletes and weekend warriors.

In addition, she received extensive concussion management training while in Pittsburgh. She serves as the Medical Director for the Kansas City Marathon and the Hospital Hill Run.  She is also active in national sports medicine organizations. In addition to treating patients in KC, she also travels internationally as an USA Volleyball Physician and a member of the US Ski and Snowboard Physician pool. She was the team physician for the KC Current from 2021-2022 and is still active with the medical task force for the National Women’s Soccer League. She has served on many committees for University Health and the UMKC School of Medicine. She is active in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine through the education and fellowship committees.Dr. Gibson enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, watching sports (especially the UMKC Kangaroos) and spending time with her family.

 

Rachel Gordon, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine, 2007
Residency: University of Wyoming, 2010
Fellowship: Advanced Obstetrics, TMC Lakewood, KCMO, 2011

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I grew up an Iowa girl and in 2003 graduated from the University of Iowa, completing a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in art history. From there I traveled South to attend medical school at the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine in Sint Eustatius, Netherland-Antilles, graduating with a medical degree in May 2007. I completed clinical rotations in Greeley, Colorado.

After medical school, I traveled north to the University of Wyoming in Casper, WY. It was there I completed my Family Medicine Residency in June 2010. I next had the opportunity to return to the Midwest again, and train at Truman Medical Center Lakewood, University of Missouri-Kansas City Obstetrics Surgical Fellowship in Kansas City, MO, from July 2010-June 2011.

Since 2011, I have been a full-time faculty member with the Department of Community and Family Medicine and hold a faculty appointment of Assistant Professor with the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

I enjoy hanging out with my family, traveling, scuba diving, scrapbooking, reading for fun and University of Iowa Football. Go Hawks!!!!

 

Lisa M Grasing, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC School of Medicine
Medical Degree: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, New York, 1994
Residency: Family Medicine Internship and Residency, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1997

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Dr. Lisa Grasing was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. After completing her Family Medicine Residency in NJ in 1997, she moved to Kansas in 1999 with her husband and 2 sons.

Dr. Grasing feels fortunate to be able to volunteer in the medical field and community while raising her family; and did some teaching as a Creighton Model Fertility Care Practitioner. She received additional training in women’s health and reproductive care as a medical consultant for NaPro Technology in 2007.

As a family physician, she is interested in caring for the whole person, promoting good health and helping in the healing process. I have experience with acute and chronic disease management including mental health, home visits and geriatrics. She enjoy caring for people of all ages.

Dr. Grasing chose University Health Lakewood Medical Center to be able to serve a diverse patient population with continuity of care in an academic center with excellent comprehensive care. Each patient encounter is an opportunity for listening, addressing concerns and shared decision making in the diagnostic and therapeutic approach.

Her hobbies include jogging on scenic trails, music, knitting and reading. She treasures sharing meals with family and friends.  Active participation in the Catholic Church including bringing the Eucharist to those in the hospital and nursing homes is a passion of mine.

 

Gray, KevinKevin Gray, MD, CAQ-SM

Associate Program Director, Family Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO, 2014
Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 2017
Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 2018

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Dr. Gray is a local Kansas City native who grew up in Lee’s Summit. He attended Medical School at UMKC School of Medicine in the 6 year BA/MD program. He then continued training at UMKC for Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Gray serves as the Medical Director of the Bess Truman Family Medicine Clinic and Associate Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Gray lives in the area with his wife, Dr. Emily Gray, an OB/GYN at UMKC, and daughters Madison and Olivia.  In his free time, Dr. Gray enjoys sports, BBQ, and fishing.

 

Groner, JenniferJennifer Groner, DO

Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Maternity Care Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2006
Residency: : Capital Region Medical Center, Family Practice, Jefferson City, MO 2009
Advanced OB Fellowship: TMC Lakewood, Kansas City, MO, 2010

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Dr. Jennifer Groner received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1989.  She received her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.   She committed to doing volunteer work in New Mexico teaching English and Social Studies at St. Katherine’s Native American Indian School for a year.

Dr. Groner grew up in Jefferson City, MO and it only seemed fitting that she would go on to completed her family Medicine residency from the Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, MO on June 30, 2009.

July 2009, she joined the medical staff at Truman Medical Center Lakewood as junior faculty and surgical obstetrical fellow within the Department of Community and Family Medicine of which she graduated from June 2010.  Dr. Groner has a faculty appointment with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine as Assistant Professor.

Dr. Groner enjoys practicing the full spectrum of family medicine and being involved in the teaching of medical students and residents within the Family Medicine residency program.  Dr. Groner has a great interest in women’s health but has found a new interest in Integrative Medicine.   She will be participating in a faculty development opportunity for the 2013-2014 academic year and completing a 200 hour online course, Prevention and Wellness: An Integrative Approach with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Groner enjoys sewing and quilting.  As a new mother, she has developed a great interest in playing Thomas the Train with her 1 ½ year old son Matthew.

 

Hestwood, SuzanneSuzanne Hestwood, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Columbia, MO, 1990
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, 1993

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Dr. Hestwood is a lifelong Missouri native.  She has a special interest in preventive care and keeping children well.

 

Helen S. Hill, DO, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Medicine
Department of Community and Family Medicine

Medical Degree: AT Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, AZ 2016
Residency: UMKC Family Medicine, TMC Lakewood 2019
Advanced Ob Fellowship: TMC Lakewood, Kansas City, MO 2020

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From a small town in Georgia, Helen started at Oxford College and completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Emory University. After graduation, she moved across the country where she earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from ATSU-School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona and pursued a concurrent Master of Public Health from ATSU. Packing her bags again, Helen landed in the middle of the country where she completed her Family Medicine Residency and a yearlong advanced obstetric fellowship at UMKC in Kansas City, Missouri.

In July 2020, Dr. Helen Hill joined the Department of Community and Family Medicine as an Assistant Professor, at University Health Lakewood Medical Center. Helen’s special interests include maternity care, women and children’s health, teaching, and the intersections between community and individual health.

In her free time when she can’t travel, she enjoys reading for pleasure, gardening, sewing, and eating with friends. Her latest adventure in life is finding all the fun things to do with her new boxer-pit bull rescue.

 

Mana Hobson, MD, CAQ-Geriatrics

Clinical Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Medicine
Department of Community and Family Medicine

Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Columbia 1985
Residency: University of California Internal Medicine Residency, San Francisco, CA, 1985
Internal Medicine Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco, CA 1989
Geriatric Fellowship: Mount Zion Hospital/UCSF, San Francisco, CA, 1990

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Mana Hobson, M.D. joined the Geriatrics faculty in 2020.  She graduated with honors from University of Missouri at Columbia in 1985.  She is an internist, trained at University of California at San Francisco in the late 80’s, during the AIDS epidemic.  After residency she continued training with fellowships in Academic General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

Dr Hobson has a special interest in teaching Geriatrics and had clinical professor appointments in the Internal Medicine and/or Family and Community Medicine through UCSF until 2007.  In 2007 Mana moved to a remote area on the north coast of California to head up a multifaceted senior care program at a federally qualified health center that serves a large number of elderly.  Since returning to Missouri she has continued as a medical provider to the elderly including a primary care home visit program.

Dr. Hobson is very happy to be back in academic medicine with Truman Medical Center Lakewood, sharing her knowledge and experience.  Mana lives happily in Gladstone with her wife Sabina. On her free time find her in the woods foraging for edible plants and fungi, or in the music room practicing guitar.

 

Hoke, MarisMaris Hoke, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Nebraska Medical School, Omaha, NE, 2013
Residency: Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2016
OB Fellowship: Oakwood Family Medicine Maternal Newborn Fellowship, Wayne, MI, 2017

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I grew up in rural Nebraska, and always wanted to do the full-spectrum of Family Medicine. I love to do it all, from delivering babies to seeing grandparents for wellness visits. I like to see a wide variety of patients, but do have a special interest in Women’s Health. My favorite place in the hospital is Labor and Delivery, however you can find me just about anywhere depending on the day. I look forward to helping care for you and your family!

 

Jamal, NaiomiNaiomi Jamal, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, 2007
Family Medicine Residency: The University of Texas Medical Branch, 2012-2015
Master of Public Health: The University of Texas Medical Branch, 2015-2016
Medical Quality Certification: 2016
Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency: The University of Texas Medical Branch, 2015-2017

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I graduated from the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. After Medical School I worked in camps for Internally displaced persons in the country. This is where I developed a profound appreciation, not only for undeserved care but also for public health. I went on to complete a residency in family medicine followed closely by a master of public health, board certification in medical quality  and a second residency in General Preventive medicine and Public health at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).

I teach the community medicine curriculum at UMKC and do clinical work at Swope Health Services (a federally qualified health center). My areas of interest are women’s health, Preventive Medicine and Public Health. The idea is to adopt an innovative approach in both clinical practice and teaching; focused on the social and structural determinants of health.

 

Kraemer, EdEd Kraemer, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Nebraska, 1987
Certificate of Health Professional Education: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, 2015
Family Medicine Residency: UMKC, Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 1990

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Dr. Ed Kraemer is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he is engaged in teaching medical students, physician assistant (PA) students, and residents. He serves as Medical Director of the UMKC PA Program, supervising faculty for UMKC’s Sojourner Student-run Free Clinic in Kansas City, and chair of the University Health Lakewood Medical Center Ethics Committee.

Dr. Kraemer’s community involvement includes active participation in the Livable Streets Advisory Board and Health Education Advisory Board in Lee’s Summit and the Jackson County Health Department’s “Building a Healthier Jackson County” initiative. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians and the Kansas City Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Kraemer received a B.A. in Biology from University of Nebraska Omaha in 1979, his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha in 1987, and his residency training certification from the UMKC Community and Family Medicine Department in 1990. He also earned a graduate teaching certificate in Health Professions Education from UMKC in 2015.

He enjoys family time, bicycling, swimming, iPhone photography, and yoga.

 

Nicole Lee, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Virginia, School of Medicine, 2017
Family Medicine Residency: Family Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine, 2020

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I was born and raised in New Jersey. I completed my education on the east coast, graduating with my BA at Cornell University in 2012 and my MD at the University of Virginia in 2017, before moving to the Midwest to continue my medical training. I completed my family medicine residency at TMC Lakewood in 2020, and I am super excited to be rejoining the TMC family as a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine. I cannot wait to start this new chapter in my medical career, working with medical students and residents, and being a part of educating new generations of doctors!

Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our ever-growing mischief of adopted pet rats, exploring new hikes and trails, and visiting all the animals at the Kansas City Zoo!

 

Livingston, JenniferJennifer Livingston, MD

Associate Program Director, Family Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS, 1996
Residency: U of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, 1999
Advanced Obstetrics Fellowship: Truman Medical Center Lakewood, Kansas City, MO, 2013

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Dr. Livingston was born and raised in Manhattan, KS. She attended Kansas State University from 1988 – 1992 receiving her bachelor of science degree in Nutritional Sciences.  She went on to graduate from medical school in 1996 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  She completed a family medicine residency from the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita Family Practice Program at Wesley Medical Center.

From 1999-2004, Dr. Livingston was a full-time faculty member with the Department of Community & Family Medicine.  She was a private-practice physician in St. George, Utah from 2005-2006 providing OB, inpatient adult and pediatric and outpatient care.

Dr. Livingston’s family returned to the Kansas City area in 2011 and she accepted a junior faculty/OB surgical fellowship.  Upon graduation of the OB surgical fellowship, she once again joined the Community and Family Medicine Department at Truman Medical Center Lakewood, now University Health Lakewood Medical Center.  She enjoys practicing the full spectrum of family medicine and the teaching of medical students and residents within the Family Medicine residency program.

She holds a faculty appointment of Assistant Professor with the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. In 2022, Dr. Livingston was appointed Associate Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program.

 

Mathis, ColleenColleen Mathis, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2015
Pediatrics Residency: University of Michigan, 2015

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Dr. Mathis was born and raised in Liberty, Missouri. She attended Drury University in Springfield, Missouri for her undergraduate degree in Biology and then graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine with her M.D in 2015. She met and married her husband Chris while at St. Louis University, and they both completed residency in Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Although they loved the Michigan weather, they moved back home to Kansas City following residency in 2018.

Dr. Mathis holds a faculty appointment of Assistant Professor with the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine. Outside of medicine she enjoys running, hiking, skiing, reading, and cheering for the Chiefs and Royals. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her one child and her dog “Moose.”

 

Mourad orn60Wael Mourad, MD

Clinical Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, 2004
Residency: University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair Family Medicine, 2007
Fellowship: West Suburban Medical Center Maternal and Child Health, 2008

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Growing up in Florida, I stayed close to home for college, attending the University of Central Florida. There, I earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2000, graduating magna cum laude. Four years later, I graduated from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 2004. As a medical student, I spent a year living in Ireland, completing several rotations there. When I began residency at the Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency Program, a campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine, an interest in maternity care developed early on. During my time in residency, I involved myself heavily in community service. In my third year, I was privileged to receive the McGovern-Tracy Scholars Award for community service and leadership, presented to a select few University of Wisconsin medical students and residents each year. I graduated from residency in Family Medicine in 2007, and earned board certification that year. My interest in maternity care continued with a fellowship in Maternal Child Health at West Suburban Medical Center, just adjacent to the west side of Chicago, Illinois. This was a valuable year for my professional development, as I continued to grow as a physician and teacher. There, I received training in cesarean sections, high risk obstetric management, and neonatal care.

After completing the fellowship training in 2008, I married my wife Sally that fall, who grew up in Kansas City. We decided to settle down close to her family, and so that she can complete her graduate studies at KU Medical Center. I started at Truman Medical Center and UMKC in December, 2008. Since that time, I have been excited to contribute to the instruction in maternity care for our family medicine residents and surgical OB fellows. Other activities with the residents include Journal Club once a month and a Board Review once a week.

In 2009, I co-founded a non-profit organization called The Medina Clinic Inc., which is currently a 501(c)(3), faith-based clinic, dedicated to providing affordable outpatient primary care services to the uninsured and under-insured population of Jackson County, MO.

 

Myrick orn60Timothy Myrick, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Virginia, 1985
Residency: University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, 1988

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Tim Myrick grew up in Virginia and attended the College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia Medical School. In 1988, Dr. Myrick completed his family medicine residency at UMKC School of Medicine, and married his wife Lori.

He and his family worked in various government hospitals and mission hospitals in Africa and the Middle East for 20 years.  In 2012, Dr. Myrick joined UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Center (now University Health Lakewood Medical Center), Department of Community and Family Medicine.  They continue travel internationally for short term mission trips and teaching medical missionaries

He enjoys running, playing guitar, and teaching medical students and residents.

 

Nikel, CarlieCarlie Nikel, PsyD

Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Family Medicine Department Psychology Section Chief

Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology: Forest Institute, Springfield, MO, 2014

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Carlie Nikel, PsyD grew up in the Kansas City area.  She received her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri in 2014. Dr. Nikel completed an internship and fellowship in integrated health psychology prior to joining the Department of Community and Family Medicine in 2016.

Dr. Nikel serves as Associate Program Director and Department Psychology Section Chief, where she assists in program development and administration as well as residents and faculty education on behavioral science. She also provides integrated behavioral health services to University Health Lakewood Medical Center patients and supervises doctoral psychology students in the practice of brief interventions. She provides consultation services in order to increase patient access to behavioral medicine care. Dr. Nikel enjoys working with patients to manage chronic diseases and make positive lifestyle changes in addition to educating residents and students on behavioral interventions.

 

Rastogi, SarahSarah Rastogi, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Kansas City 2008
Pediatric Residency: University of Wisconsin – Madison 2011

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Dr. Rastogi grew up in Blue Springs, MO and then attended UMKC in the six-year combined BA/medical school program. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. She has worked in many different healthcare settings including college health and private practice. In June 2019, Dr. Rastogi joined University Health-Lakewood Medical Center. 

 

Reilly, KirstenKirsten Reilly, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree:
University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, 1990
Pediatric Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital, 1993

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Dr. Reilly is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. She has been board certified in pediatrics since 1993, and was part of the TMC-Lakewood staff until 2004. She then spent time working as a medical review officer and in a free clinic, volunteering with various school and community organizations and enjoying her own three children. She returned to TMC-Lakewood in 2019 and is and Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She enjoys teaching medical students and residents and caring for children of all ages.

 

Rachel V Sachs, DO, CAQ-SM

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2015
Residency: Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency, Reading PA, 2018
Fellowship: Larkin Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship, Miami FL, 2019

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I was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. I completed my undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and my medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I did my family medicine residency in Reading, PA and then moved to Miami, FL to complete my sports medicine fellowship. I worked for two years in St. Louis as a Sports medicine physician where I found my love of teaching while working with the internal medicine residents.

As a medical student I did a rotation at Truman Medical Centers and fell in love with Kansas City. I am very excited to be coming back to Truman Medical Centers to educate the next generation of physicians.

Outside of medicine I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling the world, and spending time with my family and my dog.

Sandri, Kelly JoKelly Jo Sandri, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2014
Residency: University of Missouri – Kansas City

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Dr. Sandri grew up on a small farm north of Kansas City.  She stayed close to home for both undergraduate and graduate studies.  While attending William Jewell College she did research on colon cancer and tumor markers for three years. After receiving her BA in Biology, she attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Following medical school, she then joined UMKC for a residency in Community and Family Medicine at Truman Medical Center Lakewood.

Upon graduation in 2014, inspired by those who had trained and mentored her, she chose to stay at Lakewood (now University Health Lakewood Medical Center).  Dr. Sandri joined the faculty in the OB Division of Family Medicine, where she now enjoys practicing family medicine and teaching both medical students and residents, with an emphasis on obstetrics and women’s health. The most satisfying aspects of her job are teaching others to be passionate about and advocate for women’s health, and helping expectant moms realize a safe, happy delivery after watching their pregnancy grow.

 

Shaffer, ToddTodd Shaffer, MD, MBA

Clinical Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Columbia 1992
Residency: University of Missouri – Kansas City 1995

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Dr. Shaffer joined the UMKC Dept. of Community and Family Medicine as a resident in 1992 and became faculty in 1995 after completing his residency. He served as UMKC Family Medicine Program Director from 2002-2017. In 2007, he helped create the first ever integrated residency/MBA program in the country: UMKC/Rockhurst MBA in Physician Healthcare Leadership and completed the degree with a cohort 5 of his residents.

Dr Shaffer’s interests include POCUS, simulation, healthcare strategic planning, quality improvement, e-learning, adult education improvement, and its outcome measurement for residents, students and practicing physicians. His passion is training residents for rural, underserved, and missionary medicine.

He was elected in 2020 and currently serves as a Board of Director for the American Academy of Family Physicians- the third largest physician medical society in the nation serving over 140,0000 members.  He serves on multiple commissions and committees for the AAFP.  He regularly appears on local and national Radio, TV and online broadcasts for health related topics.

He currently serves the USMLE for patient safety and healthcare quality items authoring. He continues to advocate for the health of Missourians with yearly visits to Jefferson City meeting with elected representatives and also yearly visits to Washington DC meeting with statewide elected officials.

He served the board of AFMRD for 7 years and is past president -Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (the national program director membership organization). He is served as chair of CAFM (Council of Academic Family Medicine) which is the council of leadership from all four national Family Medicine education organizations: ADFM, AFMRD, NAPCRG, and STFM. He is past president of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians and Missouri’s State Delegate to the AAFP for 6 years. He has been a member of the MAFP Education Committee for over 20 years. His other medical business interests include international health tourism, lean management, six sigma, and logistics and process efficiencies.

He served as Chief of Women’s Healthcare at TMC Lakewood for 16 years and continues to serve the MO Department of Health as the Cervical Cancer Physician Liason. He is a Fellow in the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and has received their highest award for special knowledge in colposcopy. He presents regularly on pap smear management, HPV vaccination, colposcopy, and perineal repair at residency, state and national venues.

Dr Shaffer is a AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha) member at the MU Medical School Chapter. In 2011 he was awarded with the AFMRD’s “Gold Program Director Award” (their highest achievement award) and was recently honored by the MU SOM alumni association as “Young Physician of the Year”. He was also honored by Rockhurst University with the “Outstanding Service Award” in the Physician Leadership MBA program from the Helzberg School of Management.

Dr Shaffer and his wife Brandy have five children: Olivia, Alec, Ian, Emily, and Ean. In their spare time, they enjoy a lot of outdoor family activities: hiking, boating, snow/water skiing and wakesurfing.

 

Aniesa D Slack, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas, 2013
Residency: Family Medicine, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, 2017

 

Jinming Song, MD, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Shanghai Medical College Fudan University, 1991
Master of Science in Physiology: Colorado State University, 2001
Residency: MercyOne North Iowa, Mason City, IA, 2009
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Dr. Jinming Song is a family medicine doctor with University Health Community Care Raytown clinic for over 10 years, where is he engaged with direct patient care.

Dr. Song enjoys family time, nature, sightseeing, biking, and swimming.

 

Steffen, JamesJames Steffen, MD, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Virginia, 1992
Residency: University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics, 1995

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Dr. Steffen completed an M.D. degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. He completed a residency in Pediatrics from the University Of Wisconsin. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics. He has been involved in Resident education since completing his residency over 25 years ago. 

He is strongly committed to serving the underserved and Hispanic community.

He treats all newborn and general pediatric conditions including many behavioral and mental health conditions.

He lives with his family in Lee’s Summit with large extended family locally. 

 

Swade, KellyKelly Swade, DO, CAQ-FPHM

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Residency: Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation

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Kelly Swade, DO, CAQ-FPHM earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a major in Economics, from the University of North Florida, where she graduated with honors. She went on to earn her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She then completed her family medicine residency at Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation.

Before joining UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Swade served as Chief Medical Officer for the Health Partnership Clinic in Olathe, Kansas, a federally qualified health center and level 3 patient centered medical home.

In 2016, Dr. Swade joined UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Center, the Department of Community and Family Medicine (now University Health Lakewood Medical Center).  She now enjoys her position in academic medicine working as a hospitalist.  She has a Designation of Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. She is the section chief of inpatient medicine.  In 2021, Dr. Swade was announced as eICU director of University Health Lakewood Medical Center.

She has identical twin boys, an amazing daughter, wonderful husband, 2 dogs, and 2 chickens. She is an avid runner, and loves to garden.

 

Rebecca L Turner, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 1986
Residency: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 1989

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Dr. Rebecca Turner is a family medicine doctor with University Health Community Care Raytown clinic for nearly 20 years, where is she engaged with direct patient care. She has provided inclusive family medical care in Raytown for 30 years, first in private practice for 30 years and then with the Department of Community & Family Medicine, University Health Lakewood Medical Center since 2003. She has a strong interest in integrative medicine and healthy living.

She is an active supporter of the Raytown community through REAP, Raytown C-2 school district, and other organizations. She is also a supporter of Heart-to-Heart International, Cultivate Kansas City, and the Thomas Hart Benton branch of the Sierra Club.

She is a lover of the outdoors in search of a hiking trail with no mobile signal.

 

Vierthaler, StevenStephen Vierthaler, MD

Program Director, Family Medicine Maternity Care Fellowship
Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC

Medical Degree: University of Kansas, 1977
Residency: University of Kansas, Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency, 1984; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Family Practice Residency, 2003

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Stephen Vierthaler, MD received his medical degree from the University of Kansas.  He is dual boarded, having completed an OB/GYN residency at the University of Kansas and a Family Medicine residency at the University of Iowa.

In 2006, Dr. Vierthaler joined UMKC School of Medicine, the Department of Community and Family Medicine as an assistant professor.  At that time, he was also appointed as the Program Director for the Family Medicine Advanced Obstetrical Surgical Fellowship.  Dr. Vierthaler is also the Advanced Maternal Care Section Chief for the Family Medicine Faculty.

In 2010, he co-developed the Maternal Care Clinic and expanded the UHLMC obstetrical volumes.  In 2013, Dr. Vierthaler developed and expanded a laborist model of managing Labor and Delivering involving generalist Family Medicine faculty with delivery privileges.  In 2020, he co-developed with UMKC OBGYN department, a laborist model using Family Medicine faculty with advanced obstetrics privileges, supporting Family Medicine faculty with general delivery privileges.

In his time off, Dr. Vierthaler enjoys spending time with family, including children and grandchildren; and  travel.

 

Voran, DavidDavid Voran, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Kansas, 1988
Residency: University of Kansas, Family Practice, 1991

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David Voran, M.D., is an Associate Professor and Informatics Director of Community and Family Medicine at University Health Lakewood Medical Center and Collaborative Physician for CVS’s Minute Clinics in the Kansas City area. Prior to joining University Health, Dr. Voran was the Medical Director of the Innovation Clinic at Platte City for Heartland Health (Mosaic Life Care), \Physician Executive for Cerner Corporation (2003-2006), the CMIO for Health Midwest (1997-2003) and the Executive Director of Information Technology at the University of Kansas Medical Center (1994-1997).

Over the last 8 years, Dr. Voran has piloted various workflows and technologies with emphasis on putting as much technology in the primary care physician’s exam room and patient’s hands as possible.  He is a strong believer patient engagement and patient-directed care.  He has aggressively promoted point of care imaging, ultrasound, dermoscopy, and cardiac evaluations using personal, digital tools any Family Physician can carry in a lab coat. He is vesting most of his time now incorporating Population Health tools at the point of care, implementing Remote Patient Management solutions including Apple Health’s Physician Dashboard. He is the Principal Investigator for UMKC’s Enhancing Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction from the CDC. He believes that until the patient is the primary user of the EMR, medical organizations will not fully realize the power of the clinical information systems in which they are now investing.

Dr. Voran received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the Wichita State University in 1974.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1988 and post-graduate degree from University of Kansas – Family Practice in 1991.   He is board certified in Family Practice and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Practice. He was a member of the Academy’s ad hoc Committee on Electronic Medical Record. Dr. Voran is active in a number of professional organizations, is a past president for the Heart of America chapter of HIMSS and is on the Board of Trustees for the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care.

 

Rose Zwerenz, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Assistant Dean, Pre-doctoral Education
Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 1982
Residency: University of Missouri – Kansas City, Family Medicine, 1986

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Dr. “Rose” is a Kansas native but crossed the border to attend undergrad and medical school at UMKC, graduating in 1982.  Serving as chief resident, she completed her Family Medicine residency at TMC Lakewood and continued as faculty until the present time.

She practiced the full scope of Family Medicine in the DFCM’s rural office prior to returning to the main TMC Lakewood campus to develop the medical student education program for the UMKC SOM.  As pre-doctoral director, she has had the privilege to work with thousands of students, sharing her love for and appreciation of Family Medicine.  She has had the opportunity to teach the majority of graduates from the residency, and has been a part of the department’s advancement and maturity.

One of the many highlights of being at TMC Lakewood is the opportunity to teach and practice medicine alongside her husband, Bruno Zwerenz, M.D., psychiatrist and University of Missouri graduate. Together, they share the pride of two adult children and six grandchildren, competition of sailing, and the adventure of world travel.  They are, however, a house divided on MU and KU game days.