Karan Baucom, M.D., F.A.A.R.M., ’75, has seen and understands first-hand the health disparities that African-Americans face. She and her twin sister, Sharon, were the first African-American graduates of the School of Medicine.
Today, Karan Baucom has taken on the challenge of closing that health care gap for the underserved population as medical director for the Baucom Institute for Longevity and Life Enhancement located in Overland Park, Kan. Board certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, Karan Baucom, also serves as chair of the association for the advancement of restorative medicine.
Baucom returned to the School of Medicine on February 24 as the featured speaker for the annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lectureship in Minority Health. She was the third alumnus of the School to deliver the lecture that is presented each February in conjunction with topics on health disparities.
Baucom said creating the Institute that focuses not only on just treating symptoms, but finding and treating the causes of diseases and illnesses, was a dream of hers for many years.
“We believe age is only a number, not how we live our lives,” Baucom said.
Baucom talked fondly about her time as a student at the School of Medicine, and recalled a number of faculty who served as her mentors.
“I remember them all with great admiration,” Baucom said.
In addition to her work at the Baucom Institute, she has worked for many years in women’s health. She has held assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology positions at UMKC and the University of Kansas Medical Center and served as chair of ob/gyn at Mary Brekenridge in Hayden, Ky.