Faculty, staff and students from the School of Medicine and across the Hospital Hill campus recognized Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D, F.A.C.P., as a friend, a mentor and a valued colleague and celebrated her accomplishments during 13 years as Dean of the School of Medicine during a reception on Sept. 25 at the School.
Drees will be stepping down as Dean on Sept. 30. Steven L. Kanter, M.D., takes the role as the School’s eighth dean on Oct. 1.
Dr. Drees was appointed Dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine in 2003, after serving two years as Interim Dean and one year as Executive Associate Dean. She joined UMKC as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Docent Physician in 1998. From 2007 to 2008, she served as the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UMKC.
Drees is an endocrinologist, whose research interest is in calcium and bone metabolism. She continues to serve as a Professor of Medicine and a practicing endocrinologist in the Section of Endocrinology. She teaches endocrinology and history of medicine and has been recognized by residents for teaching.
She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. She is a past Chair of the Governing Council of the American Medical Association (AMA) Section on Medical Schools, and is currently the Governing Council’s liaison to the AMA Council on Medical Education. She has served on the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the national Blue Ribbon Panel for VA-Medical School Affiliations, and the Steering Committee for the AAMC’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science.
She is currently vice chair of the Steering Committee for the Health Strand of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and serves on the Boards of Truman Medical Centers, University Physician Associates, Research Medical Center, the Vision Research Foundation of Kansas City, the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care and the Kansas City American Diabetes Association. She is a member of the Joint Conference Committee of Saint Luke’s Hospital and the Quality Management and Patient Safety Board Committee of Swope Health Services. She is on the medical staffs of Truman Medical Center, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Drees has been recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as one of Kansas City’s Most Accomplished and Successful Women (2008), and among MidwestCEO’s Influential Women (2009). She was on the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of Best Doctors in 2013, and Kansas City’s 435 Magazine list of Best Doctors for 2014. She is a co-Principle Investigator on a learning collaborative project with the AAMC and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH 1U24MD006960-01) on building institutional capacity for health equity.