M.D. Program – St. Joseph

St. Joseph Staff

Davin Turner, D.O., M.S. Mosaic Life Care Chief Medical Officer and President of Mosaic Life Care Center St. Joseph Associate Dean Clinical Curriculum –St. Joseph Campus

Dr. Turner is the Chief Medical Officer and President Mosaic Life Care Medical Center St. Joseph and has worked for the organization for over 25 years. He began working part-time in the Clinic President role on January1, 2012, moved to full-time Clinic President in October 2012. Mosaic Life Care Clinic is a multi-specialty practice consisting of over 205 physicians, 100 Advanced Practice Providers, and over 750 support staff in our 50 clinical locations in three states. As the Clinic President, he worked in a dyad role with the Medical Center President. He was promoted to Chief Medical Officer in 2019 to continue the organization’s focus on clinical quality, safety and operational excellence across the system. He took the role of President Mosaic Life Care Medical Center St. Joseph in 2019. Mosaic Medical Center Saint Joseph is a 352-bed tertiary care hospital, Mosaic Medical Center Maryville is an 81-bed community hospital, a 41-bed LTACH (long-term acute care hospital), and Mosaic Medical Center Albany a 25-bed critical access hospital. He still practices one half day a week at Comprehensive Family Care. Dr. Turner attended the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and trained at the University of Massachusetts –Fitchburg Family Practice in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He also trained at Brighton Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Dr. Turner completed his master’s degree through the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Turner is Board Certified in Family Practice.

Kristen Kleffner, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean

Dr. Kleffner serves as the Assistant Dean of the new St. Joseph Campus; she began her new role as of October 2020. Dr. Kleffner has spent her career in medical education.  She attended the University of Missouri–Columbia where she completed a Master’s degree in Counseling and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.  She worked for the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia before coming to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 2010. During her time at the UMKC School of Medicine, she has served in progressive roles in Admissions, Advising, Career Services, and now as Assistant Dean of the St. Joseph campus.   Dr. Kleffner has a passion for serving students, and in each of her respective roles has found joy in advocating for student needs.  She has served on several committees including the Chancellor’s LGBTQIA Initiative, the General Education 2.0 Committee, and currently as the advisor for the Student National Medical Association.  She intends to use her years in service to medical students to manage endeavors to support our new campus in St. Joseph, Missouri. Dr. Kleffner’s email address is kleffnerk@umkc.edu.

James Shackelford
Senior Student Recruitment Specialist/
Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives

After taking a year off to run for public office, James returned to the UMKC SOM. In 2019, James worked in the Dean’s Office as an Office Support Assistant as well as the Executive Assistant to the Dean. As of December 2020, he graduated from the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management with a Master of Public Administration. James is thrilled to return to the UMKC SOM family up in St. Joseph and is excited to have a hand in improving health care disparities in northwest Missouri. You can email James at jshackelford@umkc.edu.

Hilary Yager
Program Coordinator and
Administrative Assistant

Hilary Yager will serve as the Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for the new St. Joseph campus. Hilary has a broad occupational history that includes working with students therapeutically to teaching to even running summer camps and other events.  She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia but is looking forward to identifying as a ‘Roo too!  Hilary has worked hard to streamline connections made between the School of Medicine staff, faculty and students and our newest affiliate hospital Mosaic Life Care.  Hilary looks forward to building relationships with our students and being a valued resource for not only the St. Joe team but UMKC as a whole.  She can be reached at yagerh@umkc.edu.

Mohannad Abu Omar, M.D.
Student Ombudsperson

Dr. Abu Omar is a graduate of University of Jordan. He completed his post graduate training in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at UMKC School of Medicine. He is now practicing at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph . Dr. Abu Omar’s primary clinical interests are Lung Cancer prevention and diagnosis. Dr Abu Omar will serve as the ombudsperson for the MD only students based at the UMKC School of Medicine St Joseph campus. He can be reached at m.abuomar@mymlc.com.