School of Medicine alumni and faculty are among the faces featured on University of Missouri-Kansas City billboards being displayed throughout the metro area touting some of the city’s outstanding leaders.
The billboards are part of the UMKC Proud campaign, showcasing alumni who are making an impact on Kansas City and designed to bring awareness of the University’s contributions to the region. The two-month campaign runs through October with a set of six different billboards touting UMKC graduates appearing each month.
A billboard with the image of Michele Kilo, M.D., 84, associate professor of pediatrics, appears throughout September along I-29 near Kansas City International Airport.
Kilo serves as director of developmental and behavioral sciences at Children’s Mercy Hospital, was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to serve a two-year term on the Missouri Autism Commission, and has served on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board. She also served as chair of the Jellybean Conspiracy, a group of high school performer from both regular and special education classes who perform together to show peers throughout the region how to recognize similarities, respect differences and celebrate one another’s talents and gifts.
A past recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Kilo was also selected during her residency as the outstanding resident of the year at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
“It is well known that I am eternally grateful for the opportunities afforded me in my education and resulting career at Children’s Mercy — all because of my attending the UMKC School of Medicine,” Kilo said in her UMKC Proud bio. “I have sustained a deep loyalty to UMKC and the School of Medicine for the experience of a lifetime and for helping to keep me here in Kansas City, a town that I love dearly and enthusiastically call home!”
Brett Ferguson, D.D.S., assistant professor and chair of oral surgery for the School of Medicine, also appears on a campaign billboard throughout September. Ferguson is an alumnus of the UMKC School of Dentistry. Born in Kansas City, Ferguson remains committed to his hometown through volunteer service to a number of Kansas City organizations, including the American Red Cross and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. In addition, he delivers presentations on dentistry and oral surgery careers to Southeast Health Magnet Schools.
Tracy Stevens, M.D., ’90, will appear on a UMKC Proud billboard in October. She is a School of Medicine professor of medicine and medical director of the Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center at Saint Luke’s Hospital, where she works in preventive cardiology and heart transplantation.