School announces new associate dean of women’s health

Gary Sutkin, M.D.
Gary Sutkin, M.D.

The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Gary Sutkin, the associate dean of women’s health and the Victor and Caroline Schutte Chair in Women’s Health. Sutkin will begin work July 18 at Truman Medical Centers.

Sutkin is a gynecologist, surgeon and researcher who has worked since 2006 at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an associate professor and master educator in the urogynecology division of the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences department.

“We are fortunate to add Dr. Sutkin to the faculty at the UMKC School of Medicine,” said Steven L. Kanter, School of Medicine dean,  who worked with Sutkin at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for eight years. “His top priority is the health of his patients, and I know he will make a difference in the lives of many Kansas Citians.”

Sutkin’s endowed chair position, one of 22 at the School of Medicine, is sponsored by an endowment donated specifically for women’s health. Endowed chairs ensure academic excellence in teaching and research. Sutkin says he is honored to receive the position and looks forward to moving to Kansas City with his wife and their two sons, ages 8 and 4.

“I want to be an excellent physician here, and I believe I can improve women’s health in a number of ways through my emphasis on patient safety, communications in the operating room and research,” Sutkin said. “I appreciate the vision of Dean Kanter. He’s building something special as a strong leader in health care and research, and it’s exciting for me to be a part of that.”

Sutkin completed his undergraduate degrees as well as his medical degree and master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University. He completed his medical residency in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services as well as an advanced preceptorship in urogynecology and reconstructive surgery at Magee-Womens Hospital.