The Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities & Bioethics


Jane Greer, Ph.D.

Medicine and Literature

William Everett, Ph.D.

Music and Medicine

William A. Everett is Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. He holds degrees from Texas Tech University (B.M., music theory), Southern Methodist University (M.M., music history, instrumental conducting), and the University of Kansas (Ph.D., musicology). At UMKC, he teaches graduate courses in medieval music, American musical theater, music and national identity, research and bibliography in music, and pedagogy of music history. He also team-teaches a course on medicine and music through the UMKC School of Medicine’s Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.

Dr. Everett is the author of four books, including British Piano Trios, Quartets, and Quintets: 1850-1950: A Checklist (Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 2000), The Musical: A Guide to Research (New York: Routledge, 2004), Sigmund Romberg (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), and Rudolf Friml (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008). He is contributing co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002; second edition, 2008) and co-author of The Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2008). His book on operetta composer Sigmund Romberg received the 2008 Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Research on Recorded Classical Music from the Association of Recorded Sound Collectors (ARSC). His work has appeared in American Music, Opera Quarterly, Journal of the American Viola Society, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, Studies in Musical Theatre, Journal of Croatian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and elsewhere. He has presented papers at conferences and symposia throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Everett’s current projects focus on the musicals that played at Daly’s Theatre in London during the 1890s and the rise of orchestral music in Kansas City at the end of the nineteenth century. He is a commissioning editor for musical theater for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd Edition.

He received the 2003 Muriel Ewing Kauffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, a 2008 UMKC Trustees Faculty Fellowship, the N.T. Veatch Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, and the 2009 Muriel Ewing Kauffman Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. From 2008 to 2010, he served as a Faculty Fellow in UMKC’s Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET).

Dr. Everett served as chair of the Conservatory’s Division of Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology 2006–2009. He was Treasurer of the Society for American Music 1996–2001 and President of the Great Plains Chapter of the College Music Society 2002–2004. He served as Reviews Editor for College Music Symposium, 2000–2006, and chaired the program committee for the 2009 CMS International Conference, which took place in Croatia. He is National Vice President of the College Music Society for 2011 and 2012.

martin_jenniferJennifer Martin, Ph.D.

Medicine and Body Image

Medicine and Literature

Dr. Martin is Resident Movement Coach /Choreographer for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival as well as Head of Movement Training in the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she is a Hall Family Foundation Professor of Theater. She holds a PhD in Theatre from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A founding board member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, she has conducted master classes in France, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and across the United States in Non-Verbal Communication, Historical Styles of Movement and Dance and in Subtle Energy Resources for professional presenters and performing artists. As a choreographer her work has been seen at Masterworks Lab Theatre in New York, Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut  and in Kansas City at Unicorn Theatre,  Coterie Theatre, Theatre for Young America  and Missouri (now Kansas City) Repertory Theatre.

munroStuart Munro, M.D.

Music and Medicine

Stuart Munro, MD serves as the Chair of the Humanities Advisory Committee in the School of Medicine. He has been a contributor to a number of courses offered by the Office of Medical Humanities, including Medicine and Music in February, 2010 (Kansas City) and July, 2011 (Graz, Austria).

Dr. Munro is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UMKC School of Medicine. This position includes oversight responsibility for the education of medical students and residents, faculty development and departmental initiatives in grant writing, research and publications. He currently serves as the President of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry.

Dr. Munro also serves as the Medical Director for the Center for Behavioral Medicine, a 65 bed public inpatient hospital located on Hospital Hill in Kansas City. This position includes both administrative and clinical responsibilities, including the supervision of staff psychiatrists, residents and medical students. He has been with the organization since 1985.

vanway_charlesCharles Van Way III, M.D.

Medicine, War, and the Arts

Dr. Van Way grew up in Washington, DC, attending Sidwell Friends School.  He studied history at Yale University, medicine at Johns Hopkins, and surgery at Vanderbilt.    He is currently the Sosland / Missouri Endowed Chair of Trauma Services and Professor of Surgery at UMKC, and is director of the Shock Trauma Research Center.  He has written over 350 papers, chapters, editorials, and other contributions to the literature, and is a member of over 20 medical and surgical societies.   While he currently devotes most of his time to research, he also practices thoracic surgery, critical care, and nutrition support.  He is the current President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.