Department of Surgery

Chief Residents

Chief Residents | PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1


Hannah Hurst, D.O.
Dr. Hannah HurstHometown: Custer, Wisconsin
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Des Moines University – College of Osteopathic Medicine
Surgery Interest: Plastic Surgery, wound care
Hobbies: Dancing, running, yoga
Favorite things to do on days off: Catch up with friends and family, try new restaurants, explore the city
Reason I came to UMKC: Big city opportunities with Midwest charm, relatively close to home, very friendly people.
Jasti Bhavana, M.D.
Dr. Jasti BhavanaHometown: Peoria, IL
Undergrad: UMKC
Medical School: UMKC
Surgery Interest: General Surgery
Hobbies: ceramics, travel
Favorite things to do on days off: city market, cooking
Reason I came to UMKC: Supportive staff, resident independence, and variety of training facilities.
Kayla Briggs Groves, M.D.
Dr. Kayla Briggs GrovesHometown: Liberty, MO
Undergraduate School: UMKC
Medical School: UMKC
Medicine Surgery Interest: Surgical Critical Care, ACS
Hobbies: Running, cooking, baking, trying new restaurants, traveling, spending time with my husband, family (including our golden doodle and cat), and friends
Reason you came to UMKC: UMKC has always been home. We have an incredible mix of trauma, elective general surgery, subspecialty services, practice environments, and a robotics curriculum that is second to none. Our attending’s and culture value residents as humans first, encouraging everyone to invest in their interests both inside and outside of the hospital.
Kimberly Jones, M.D.
Dr. Kimberly JonesHometown: Kansas City
Undergrad: Washington University in Saint Louis
Med school: Saba University
Surgery interest: Colorectal
Hobbies: baking, painting
Favorite things: sleep in, playing with my dog
Reason I came to UMKC: I rotated here during medical school and fell in love with the welcoming nature of both the staff and residents. I could easily see myself being part of this community. There were also a wide variety of cases and exposure to different patient populations.
Shaniece Craft, M.D.
Shaniece Craft, M.D.Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Undergrad: Boise State University
Medical School: Caribbean Medical University
Surgery Interest: General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and cat, Smoke. Doing anything outdoors, gardening, tennis, painting and fantasy football.
Favorite things to do on days off: Relax on our patio, sleep
Reason I came to UMKC: The people and the quality of a well rounded training.
Calli Schardein, D.O.
Dr. Calli SchardeinHometown: Blanchard, OK
Undergrad: Oklahoma State University
Medical School: Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Surgery Interest: Trauma/Critical Care
Hobbies: Camping, cooking
Favorite things to do on days off: Spend time with my husband and our cats
Reason I came to UMKC: The program welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like family.
Eduardo Vaca, M.D.
Dr. Eduardo VacaHometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: Davidson College
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Surgery Interest: General Surgery
Hobbies: Traveling, enjoying good food, playing sports, watching movies
Favorite things to do on days off: Explore KC and all the great things the city has to offer
Reason I came to UMKC: Diversity of training, amazing people, and KC is a great city!