Department of Surgery

Chief Residents

Chief Residents | PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1


Yazen Assaf, M.D.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Surgery Interest: CT, Trauma/Critical Care
Hobbies: Hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding
Reason I came to UMKC: I wanted a program with a strong operative experience and a wide variety of subspecialties to rotate through. I also love KC the few times I visited and really saw spending the next five years here.
Brandon Bacon, M.D.
Hometown: Kaysville, Utah
Undergrad: University of Utah
Medical School: University of Utah – School of Medicine
Surgery Interest: Cardiothoracic
Hobbies: Soccer, snowboarding, cycling, reading
Favorite things to do on days off: Spend time with my wife and daughter, exercising, and exploring Kansas City.
Reason I came to UMKC: Kansas City struck me as a great Midwest city with lots to do and really nice people. I like that the program rotates through five different hospitals, providing diverse surgical training. While I will miss the mountains of the West, the rolling hills and greenery have been fantastic!
Kendra Black, M.D.
Dr. Kendra BlackHometown: Tempe, AZ
Undergrad: Arizona State University
Graduate: Boston University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Surgery Interest: Trauma/Critical Care
Hobbies: Running, Netflix, naps
Favorite things to do on days off: Sleeping in, exploring the city, going to Chiefs games
Reason I came to UMKC: The residents are welcoming, the city is great and I felt like I would get a good education here.
Jamal Malik, D.O.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Medical School: UNTHSC
Surgery Interest: Trauma
Hobbies: Basketball, football, tennis, and food.
Favorite things to do on days off: Exploring different food options in town and hanging out with friends and family.
Reason I came to UMKC: Kansas City seems like an awesome city with a good balance of things to do. Also, growing up in the South, I was amazed by how nice everyone is. Plus an added bonus – you don’t have to worry about hurricanes here!