In Memoriam: Dr. Stephen Hamburger

Dr. Stephen Hamburger
Dr. Stephen Hamburger

Stephen Hamburger, M.D., who served as chairman of the UMKC School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine from 1982 to 1999, died on Jan. 4 in Chicago. He was 68.

During his tenure as chair, the department doubled in size, tripled its research endeavors, including publications and grants, and greatly expanded its residency program.

Hamburger joined the UMKC faculty in 1977 and served as a docent from then through 1992. He was associate dean for academic affairs from 1987 until 1994 when he changed roles, becoming the director of Primary and Managed Care Services and associate executive director at Truman Medical Center West.

He served as medical director and director of medical education at Truman Medical Center East and was vice chair of the Department of Medicine from 1978-1980. He was appointed chief of the division of general medicine and director of the internal medicine residency program in 1981. Hamburger also served as a member of the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine/ACGME for six years and was a member of the Truman Health System Board of Directors for nine years.

After leaving Kansas City, Hamburger spent one year as medical director for Cook County Hospital and associate dean at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He later served as medical director at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans and as chief medical officer and chief academic officer at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala.

Read the full obituary in the Kansas City Star.