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.

Michael O’Dell, MD, MSHA, FAAFP

Associate Chief Medical Officer
Chair, Department of Community and Family Medicine
Professor (tenured), UMKC Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics 816-404-7100

 

Department Chair

O'Dell, MichaelMichael O’Dell, MD, MSHA

Chair, Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Kansas, 1977
Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1983

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I have served as the Chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) since August 2010. The Department is one of the largest training programs in the nation and offers fellowship training in Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, and Operative Obstetrics. My additional duties are as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Truman Medical Center, with primary duties at the Lakewood Campus. I received my Bachelors degree from Kansas State University in 1974 and received my Doctorate of Medicine in 1977 from the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City. Following a year of internship, I was called to active duty service with the Navy returning to the University of Kansas in 1981 to complete my residency training. Upon completion of Family Medicine residency training in 1983, I joined the faculty of the University of Kansas until 2002. I have held leadership positions and served on the faculties of the University of Texas Medical Branch (1992-1998) and University of Alabama Birmingham’s Huntsville Campus (1998-2002). I also served as the Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC). NMMC is the largest rural hospital in the nation and one of the largest integrated health systems in the nation and a 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.

My additional duties at NMMC serving as Chief Quality Officer as well as interim Chief Medical Officer. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1985. I completed a master’s degree in health care administration at University of Alabama- Birmingham in 2005. I have authored several original papers, professional articles and book chapters.

I continued my Navy service as a reserve officer and retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1998, holding the rank of Captain (O-6). I was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and other awards during my Navy career and was deployed during the first Gulf War.

I am active in many national, regional and community activities. I have served as Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality and Practice. I was the Governors Appointee to the Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Financing Authority, which is the state’s bond agency for healthcare facilities. I served as Chair for Mississippi’s Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. I served as Associate Editor for the Mississippi State Journal of Medicine. I have held various state-level elected positions, including President of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, and have been active in various community organizations. I am also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).

I married Kristi Jane Francis in 1973. Kristi holds a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kansas and teaches social work at the University of Mississippi. We have two children and four grandchildren.

 

Program Director

Beth Rosemergey, DO, FAAFP

Program Director Family Medicine Residency
Clinical Associate Professor, Vice Chair, 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.

 

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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After teaching high school biology and chemistry for 10 years, completing law school and raising four children, on my 37th birthday I became a medical student.  I was premed at MU and planned to attend medical school there. However, MU informed me they had met their quota of women (10 women out of 150 students)!  Therefore, I attended the University of Health Sciences.  After graduation in 1994, I completed my residency at TMC-Lakewood. I practiced at Swope Parkway Comprehensive Health Center until 1999, at which time I returned to TMC-Lakewood. Currently, I especially enjoy teaching the residents and following their progress as they gain experience and confidence. In my spare time, I enjoy cake decorating, snow skiing, reading and hiking.

 

Arrey, AnneAnne Arey, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Massachusetts, 1979
Residency: University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1981; Jane Phillips Memorial Hospital, Bartlesville, OK, 1982

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In 1979, I received my medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Subsequently, I served an internship/residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Oklahoma, Jane Phillips Memorial Hospital. I worked in private practice in Kansas City for several years and in 1990, I joined Kaiser Permanente. In 2001, Kaiser left Kansas City at which time I joined the Truman Medical Center medical staff. Currently, I enjoy a mix of private practice and resident supervision.

Outside of work, I enjoy cooking for friends and Celtic music.

 

Barnett, AngelaAngela Barnett, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
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 alternative and complementary 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.

 

Byler, MarkMark Byler, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, 1983
Residency: Truman Medical Center Lakewood, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri, 1987

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Dr. Byler attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He completed his residency at Truman Medical Center Lakewood in 1987 and then returned as faculty in 1991 after working at a mission hospital in Zimbabwe, Africa.

In 2004 he resigned from his faculty position and returned to the mission hospital full time until 2015.  Dr. Byler is now picking up where he left off at TMC Lakewood in 2004 seeing patients in the outpatient care as well as inpatient care on the Med Surg unit and Labor and Delivery unit.

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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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Cox, RyanRyan Cox, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Degree: PhD in Psychology, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 2015

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Dr. Ryan Cox completed his BA in Psychology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, before earning an MA in Counseling from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon, and then his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis.  He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Interprofessional LGBT Care with an emphasis on transgender health at the VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Cox is the Executive Board Vice President of Thrive Health Connection (formerly Good Samaritan Project), a Kansas City non-profit working to alleviate the effects of HIV and AIDS, and is an active member of the Outreach and Education Committee of the AIDS Services Foundation board.  Dr. Cox also enjoys teaching and is currently an adjunct instructor in the psychology doctorate program at Kansas City University School of Medicine and Biosciences.

 

Dedon orn60Jon Dedon, MD

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. Dr. Dedon is the medical director and attending physician for the nursing home patients at Truman Medical Center Lakewood and Swope Ridge Geriatric Center, and for the Geriatric Assessment Clinic.

 

Foote, KarenKaren Foote, MD

Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri Kansas City, 1998
Residency: Family Medicine Residency Program of Topeka, 2001
Fellowship: Advanced OB, TMC Lakewood, KCMO, 2017

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Dr. Foote completed her family medicine residency in Topeka, Kansas.  Before joining UMKC, she served 8 years of active duty in the United States Navy, during which time she taught in a Naval residency program, traveled, and served overseas.  She returned stateside in 2009, where she was in private practice and volunteered as guest faculty at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.  She returned to Missouri in 2011, where she spent 6 years on faculty at Cox Family Medicine program in Springfield.  In 2017, Dr. Foote returned to her Kansas City roots, where she completed the Advanced OB fellowship.  She has since stayed on as full time faculty.  She currently serves as CCC Chair and Maverick co-Team Leader in the Bess Truman Family Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Foote earned her combined BA/MD at the University of Missouri Kansas City.  Her passions are family medicine obstetrical are, pediatrics, procedures, and assisting young medical learners on their path to awesomeness.

She has three children, a best friend as a husband, one dog, one guinea pig, one parrot, and an aquarium full of fish.  She loves to run, bicycle, and watch Anime with her family.

 

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 KCUMB Dr. Foote transitioned to active duty in the United States Navy, where he completed a 1 year internship and then entered NAMI 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 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.

 

Fox, ChristopherChristopher Fox, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS, 2014
Residency: UCLA Family Medicine, Santa Monica, CA, 2017
Fellowship: UCLA Primary Care Sports Medicine, Santa Monica, CA, 2018

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Dr. Fox received his Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in Kinesiology in 2009. He then went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas in 2014. He graduated from his Family Medicine Residency at UCLA in Los Angeles, California in 2017 and went on to complete a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at UCLA in 2017-2018. During his fellowship he covered UCLA Athletics including being a team physician for football, volleyball, and baseball, as well as covering the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dr. Fox joined the Family Medicine and Sports Medicine faculty at Truman Medical Centers in 2018, and is also an Assistant Clinical Professor for the UMKC School of Medicine. He is one of the core faculty members for the Sports Medicine fellowship which includes supervising and teaching the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows. He also oversees the Family Medicine resident rotation in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Fox sees patients for Sports Medicine concerns at both the Lakewood Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center and the Hospital Hill Pavilion. This includes patients of all ages from kids to adults, and includes a wide range of concerns from sports injuries and concussions to osteoarthritis. He has had extensive training in musculoskeletal ultrasound and joint injections. He also sees primary care patients at the Lakewood Pavilion. Dr. Fox also serves as one of the team physicians for UMKC Athletics.

 

Gadde, HareeshHareesh Gadde, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ
Residency: West Suburban Family Medicine Residency, Chicago IL (2015-2018)

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Gibson orn60Meg Gibson, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director
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 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 patient in KC, she also travels internationally as an USA Volleyball Physician and a member of the US Ski and Snowboard Physician pool.

Dr. Gibson enjoys outdoor activities, travelling, watching sports (especially the UMKC Kangaroos) and spending time with her family.

 

Otto orn60Rachel 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!!!!

Gray, KevinKevin Gray, MD

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

 

Griffith, R. StevenR. Steven Griffith MD, Past-Chair

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.

 

Groner, JenniferJennifer Groner, DO

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: Truman Medical Center 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.

 

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 Dept. of Community and Family Medicine, University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he is engaged in direct patient care as well as teaching students and residents. He serves as Medical Director of the Truman Lakewood Medical Pavilion and chairs the Truman Medical Center-Lakewood Ethics Committee.

Dr. Kraemer’s community involvement includes membership on the Livable Streets Advisory Board in Lee’s Summit, service as co-chair of Lee’s Summit’s Health Education Advisory Board, and active membership of Eastland Community Foundation’s Healthy Lifestyles Task Force and the Kansas City Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.

Dr. Kraemer received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha in 1987. He received a B.A. in Biology from University of Nebraska Omaha in 1979.

He enjoys family time, bicycling, jogging, swimming and yoga.

 

Livingston, JenniferJennifer Livingston, MD

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.  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.

 

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 has also been practicing part-time at Lawrence Memorial Hospital as a Pediatric Hospitalist. She holds a faculty appointment of Assistant Professor with the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine. Outside of medicine she enjoys running, indoor rock climbing, reading, cheering for the Chiefs and Royals, and spending time with friends and family, including 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.  He completed his family medicine residency in Kansas City, and married his wife Lori there in 1988.

He and his family have worked in various government hospitals and mission hospitals in diverse locations in Africa and the Middle East for the past 20 years.  They picked up several languages and some valuable opportunities for service along the way.

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 and 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 April 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 in the Lakewood Medical Pavilion. She  provides consultation services in order to provide the patients with increased access to behavioral medicine. Dr. Nikel enjoys working with patients to manage chronic diseases and make positive lifestyle changes in addition to educating residents on behavioral interventions.

 

Parmar, RawinderRawinder Parmar, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, New Jersey 2015
Residency: Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency, Appleton Wisconsin 2018
Obstetric Fellowship: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Family Medicine, 2019

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Dr. Parmar completed her medical school training in New Jersey. She completed her residency at Fox Valley Family Medicine in Appleton, Wisconsin. It is in her residency, she started to develop a strong interest in pursuing full scope family medicine. She specifically wanted to pursue her passion for obstetrics and decided to complete training in surgical obstetrics at Truman Medical Center- Lakewood. She thoroughly enjoyed her experience as a fellow committing to the care of mothers from wide range of demographics and decided to stay on as faculty at Truman to continue her passion.

Outside of her medicine, she enjoys the company of friends and family. She also enjoys dabbling in new hobbies such as knitting.

 

Purdom, DanielDaniel Purdom, MD, FAAFP

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 1988
Family Medicine Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 1991
Geriatric Fellowship:  University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 2019

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Dr. Dan Purdom rejoined the UMKC Family Medicine Faculty in September of 2019 after completing a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UMKC.  Prior to that, Dr. Purdom has had a 30 year career in Family Medicine, Occupational Health and Physician Leadership.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a past president of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians and was the Missouri Family Physician of the year in 2008.

Dr. Purdom has been a faculty advisor for the Sojourner Clinic, a free clinic operated by UMKC Medical, PA and pharmacy students in downtown Kansas City since its inception 15 years ago.   He also has an interest in culinary medicine and has been working in teaching kitchens over the last three years to help students, physicians and families prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families.

 

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 both college health and private pediatric practice since finishing her training. Dr. Rastogi joined Truman Lakewood in June 2019 and is excited to provide care to the patients of Truman and return to an academic position.

 

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.

 

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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I grew up on a small farm north of Kansas City and stayed close to home for both undergraduate and graduate studies. I attended William Jewell College, where I did research on colon cancer and tumor markers for three years. After receiving my BA in Biology, I took a year off to travel before attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine. I then joined UMKC for a residency in Community and Family Medicine at Truman Lakewood. Upon graduation in 2014, inspired by those who had trained and mentored me, I chose to stay at Lakewood and joined the faculty in the OB Division of Family Medicine, where I enjoy practicing family medicine and teaching both medical students and residents, with an emphasis on obstetrics and women’s health. I am currently pursuing additional training in Cesarean sections as a natural complement to my other areas of interest. The most satisfying aspects of my 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 became faculty for the Truman Lakewood Dept. of Community and Family Medicine in 1995. He became the UMKC Family Medicine Program Director in 2002, stepping down from that position in 2016. In 2007, he completed his own MBA in Physician Healthcare Leadership in the combined UMKC/Rockhurst University program.

Dr Shaffer’s interests include healthcare strategic planning, quality improvement, e-learning, adult education improvement, and its outcome measurement for residents, students and practicing physicians. He is the immediate past president of AFMRD-Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (the national program director membership organization). He is also currently the chair of CAFM (Council of academic Family Medicine) which is the council of leadership form all four national Family Medicine education organizations: ADFM, AFMRD, NAPCRG, and STFM. He is also past president of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians and currently Missouri’s State Delegate to the AAFP. He has been a member of the MAFP Education Committee for over twelve years and was its chairman in 2006-09. His other medical business interests include international health tourism, lean management, six sigma, and logistics and process efficiencies.

Chief of Women’s Healthcare at TMC Lakewood for 16 years, he is in charge of one of the busiest referral colposcopy clinics in the state. 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, and colposcopy 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” (photo above). 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 has three children, Olivia, Alec and Ian. In their spare time, they do a lot of family activities, boating, skiing, and kids sports (gymnastics, skiing, weightlifting and basketball).

 

Aniesa Slack, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Kansas School of Medicine, 2013
Family Medicine Residency: University of Missouri Kansas City at Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 2017
Advanced Surgical Obstetrics Fellowship: University of Missouri Kansas City at Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 2018

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Dr. Aniesa Slack was raised on a farm in South Central Kansas. She attended Emporia State University in Emporia, KS and graduated in 2009 with High Honors with degrees in Biology and Spanish. She attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City and completed her clinical years at the Wichita campus of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, graduating in 2013. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City at Truman Lakewood in 2017 with a concentration in Women’s Health and was named the 2017 “Resident of the Year”. She joined the faculty of UMKC Family & Community Medicine Residency Program in 2017 and completed her fellowship in Advanced Surgical Obstetrics at Truman Lakewood in 2018. She also assists with the UMKC School of Medicine Family Medicine Clerkship and is the faculty sponsor for the Family Medicine Interest Group. She enjoys volunteering with the medical students at the Sojourner Clinic, a student-run free clinic in downtown Kansas City.

Dr. Slack enjoys practicing full-spectrum family medicine with special interest in obstetrics and women’s health, inpatient medicine, rural medicine and substance abuse treatment. She is passionate about caring for the underserved and training the next generation of physicians to practice evidence-based medicine with compassion and patient-centeredness.

Dr. Slack and her husband A.J. like traveling the world, scuba diving, dancing and spoiling their dog Hank.

 

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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Special Interests:Providing support for breastfeeding, advocating the judicious use of antibiotics, reducing the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on prescribing practices, providing care to the Hispanic population Personal: Married with five children and two dogs. Interests: Running, travel and the environment.

 

Swade, KellyKelly Swade, DO

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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Dr. Swade completed her family medicine residency at Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation. Before joining UMKC 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. She now enjoys her position in academic medicine, and has a passion for inspiring residents to continue work with the underserved after completion of their medical training.

Dr. Swade earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration – 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 has twin boys, an amazing husband, one dog, and currently – 3 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 over 10 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 Truman Medical Center family 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 districe, 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

Clinical Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Program Director, Surgical Obstetrics Fellowship
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 is assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  For the last seven years Dr. Vierthaler has served as program director for the Family Medicine / Advanced Obstetrics Fellowship.  Dr. Vierthaler 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.  Dr. Vierthaler practices at Truman Medical Center Lakewood where he is one of the team leaders responsible for improving volume of deliveries.  Since 2010, the number of patients cared for in the Maternal Care Clinic and subsequently delivered at TMC Lakewood has more than tripled.

 

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 Truman Medical Center and Collaborative Physician for CVS’s Minute Clinics in the Kansas City area. Prior to joining Truman Medical Center, 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 six years, Dr. Voran has piloted various workflows and technologies with emphasis on putting as much technology in the primary care physician’s exam room as possible.  He is a strong believer patient engagement and patient-directed care.  He has aggressively used the patient portal, promoted point of care in imaging and 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. He is vesting most of his time now incorporating Population Health tools at the point of care.

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.

 

BZwerenz orn60Bruno Zwerenz, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Community and Family Medicine Department, UMKC
Medical Degree: University of Missouri – Columbia, 1965
Residency: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 1969

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In 1965, I received my medical degree from the University of Missouri. From 1965-1966, I served a residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington and from 1966-1969 I was a psychiatry resident at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Western Missouri Mental Health Center. I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

In 1970, I joined the medical staff at Truman Medical Center Lakewood. My practice focuses on adult and adolescence psychiatry with emphasis on liaison psychiatry, consultation to family medicine and specialty services and psycho-pharmacology.

As an associate professor for UMKC, my teaching focuses on clinical and therapeutical aspects of psychiatry as applicable to family medicine settings.

My wife Dr. Rose Zwerenz and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our grandchildren.

 

ZwerenzR orn60Rose 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.