School of Medicine Interim Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., has appointed Mark Nichols, Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics effective August 1, 2018. In this role, he will work closely with faculty, staff and students to help position the department as a catalyst for innovation and creativity.
Dr. Nichols received his Ph.D. from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. He then undertook postdoctoral training in molecular biology at the German Cancer Research Center, and the European Molecular Biology Lab, both in Heidelberg.
In 1998, Dr. Nichols returned to the United States as an assistant professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine.
From 2010-2016, he served as a Scientist Administrator for Research Development in the Senior Vice Chancellor’s Office of Research at the University of Pittsburgh. In that capacity, he served all six health science schools at the University of Pittsburgh with the specific objective of assisting other investigators in their quest to obtain extramural research funding. His work resulted in 77 grants funded for more than $121 million.
In 2016, Dr. Nichols was recruited to UMKC as Associate Dean for Research at the School of Nursing and Health Studies and as Associate Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the School of Medicine.
His expertise includes molecular mechanisms of drug and enzyme action, molecular biology, mutagenesis, cloning, signal transduction, genomic regulation, cell cycle, and steroid hormones, with peer-reviewed publications in 20 biomedical journals, an siRNA biotechnology patent, and funding from NIH (NIDDK, NCI), DOD CDRMP, and American Cancer Society.
The UMKC School of Medicine has announced that Stephen Jarvis, M.D., will serve as interim academic chair of the UMKC Department of Psychiatry.
Jarvis received his medical degree from University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed residency and fellowship training from the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As a UMKC faculty member, Jarvis has held multiple administrative positions at Truman Medical Centers and at the former Western Missouri Mental Health Center. He serves as the associate chief medical officer and clinical department chair for Psychiatry at Truman Medical Centers.
Jarvis assumed his new role on November 20, 2017.
He replaces Nash Boutros, M.D., who served as chair of the UMKC Department of Psychiatry and medical director for the Center for Behavioral Medicine from 2014 to 2017. Boutros, a professor of psychiatry, holds tenure in the department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Boutros will remain at UMKC to continue his research program.
The UMKC School of Medicine marked its 45th anniversary celebrating the school’s rich tradition of developing leaders.
School of Medicine faculty members presented the preliminary findings of a research project at an April 8 event titled “A Tradition of Leadership.” The research project is a study of the factors that have led graduates of the B.A./M.D. program to leadership roles.
In his opening remarks, Dean Steven L. Kanter, M.D., said the study originated from his observation that the school had produced a substantial number of graduates who have ascended to leadership positions in patient care, research, education, the military, organized medicine, industry and government. “I was curious to know why this medical school is graduating so many individuals who achieved so much,” he said.
Kanter’s curiosity led to the alumni leadership research project. Two of the authors of the study, Louise Arnold, Ph.D., professor emerita of medical education and research, and Jennifer Quaintance, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical and health informatics and director of medical education support services, discussed the methodology and early results at the April 8 event.
For the purposes of the study, leadership was defined as documented achievement as administrators, clinicians, researchers or educators in substantial local, regional or national medical institutions, organizations or societies. The authors determined that of 213 of the 1,664 B.A./M.D. students who graduated from UMKC from 1976 to 1999 met the criteria.
The authors conducted interviews with 48 of the 213 graduates and asked them to identify the factors they believed had contributed to their leadership development. Many graduates indicated their experiences in medical school influenced their growth.
In interviews, graduates said the culture of the medical school was one of the key factors. Graduates described the learning environment as supportive, nurturing, friendly and encouraging. “No one told you that you couldn’t do something,” one respondent said.
Many graduates said the docent system was crucial in their development. They said the junior-senior partnerships and other aspects of the system taught responsibility, collegiality and other important concepts. The docent team, Arnold reported, “became a place for learning how to build and be part of an effective team.”
Three former deans and an alumnus participated in a panel discussion after Arnold and Quaintance presented the findings.
Founding Dean Richardson Noback, M.D., said the School of Medicine’s admissions process identified students who demonstrated a capacity for leadership. Noback said the school looked for students who had a “sustained record of application to a difficult task through time with excellence in performance.”
Noback’s successor, Dean Emeritus Harry Jonas, M.D., said UMKC medical students benefit from being exposed to patient care as first-year students. “The beauty of this program is the early, early clinical experience you have.”
Jonas said the School of Medicine’s skeptics focused on the accelerated curriculum. “They didn’t understand the docent system. They didn’t understand the integration of the humanities and medical education.”
Dean Emerita Betty Drees, M.D., agreed with the finding that the junior-senior partnerships and other aspects of the docent system are critical to UMKC graduates’ future success. “I think one of the reasons why they’re such effective clinicians is because they train in a team environment, and medicine is very much a team activity,” she said.
Michael Weaver, M.D. ’77, an alumnus and clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, said the phrase “patient-centered care” reminds him of his experience as a medical student at UMKC. “I would say that we had a student-centered learning approach at this institution.”
Stuart Munro, M.D., professor of medical humanities and social sciences, led the panel discussion.
Paul Cuddy, Ph.D., senior associate dean for academic affairs, and Susan Hathaway, Ph.D., assistant teaching professor of pediatrics, are co-authors of the research project, along with Arnold, Quaintance and Kanter.
The School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Steven D. Waldman, M.D., a 1977 graduate, as its new Associate Dean for International Programs.
The School of Medicine’s innovative curriculum has long offered international medicine programs to foster a greater understanding of global health. Many of the school’s students participate in clinical electives in other countries, while international students experience academic training at the School of Medicine, as well. In his new role as associate dean, Dr. Waldman will oversee and continue the development of those programs for students and residents.
“The School of Medicine, and especially our students, are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Waldman’s caliber serve in this key role,” said School of Medicine Dean Steven Kanter, M.D.
Dr. Waldman will continue to serve in his present role as interim chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and as the Docent for students in the school’s M.D. Program. His past roles at the school have included Director of Statewide Outreach Programs. In this position, he developed strategies for recruitment of regional students, and formed partnerships with Missouri hospitals and practices for the recruitment of UMKC postgraduate trainees into Missouri practices.
After earning his M.D. from the UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Waldman completed his postgraduate training at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He maintained an active and successful clinical practice in pain management in the greater Kansas City area. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1996.
Dr. Waldman has received numerous awards and honors, and has written extensively for scholarly publications in his area of clinical expertise.
Deans of the three medical schools in Kansas City met for a reception and panel discussion at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences on Feb. 11
UMKC School of Medicine Dean Steven L. Kanter, M.D., joined Bruce D. Dubin, D.O., J.D., dean of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and Robert D. Simari, M.D., dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, to discuss medical education, research, service and opportunities for collaboration.
Kanter said each school brought something important to the table. “At the end of the day, we are much more alike than we are different,” he said. “And I think the three of us are committed to taking advantage of that.”
It was a family affair at the 20th annual William T. Sirridge, M.D., Medical Humanities Lectureship on March 13 at the School of Medicine. Mary Sirridge, Ph.D., spoke first, discussing her late father’s appreciation for the arts. Stephen Sirridge, Ph.D., then introduced his brother, Christopher Sirridge, M.D., ’78, as their mother, former Dean Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., sat in the audience.
Christopher, an oncologist and hematologist at an affiliated private practice of the University of Kansas Hospital, presented his lecture titled, “‘From the Heart of Hell, I Strike at Thee’: Reflections on Moby Dick,” which explored the prominent themes, symbolism and human issues in the novel and how they relate to the art of medicine. Sirridge said he was honored to be the featured speaker for his late father’s lectureship and mentioned storytelling as one of his father’s greatest talents. The first graduate of the School of Medicine’s combined, six-year program to also major in English, Sirridge shares his father’s appreciation of literature’s insights on humanity.
The 1991 School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award winner said his father instilled in him the importance of listening to his patients and their stories.
“Listening is the greatest technique as a physician; let the patients tell theirstory,” Christopher said. “My dad used to say, ‘if you listen long enough, they will tell you what they have. If you listen longer, they will tell you what they need.”
Christopher mentioned the traditional literary themes of morality, man’s inhumanity to fellow man, loss of innocence, death and dying, failure, lack of forgiveness and unfiltered shame and how they are entrenched in Moby Dick. Christopher described his moment of loss of innocence in the beginning of his career. As a resident at the Cleveland Clinic, he was preparing to do a routine blood gas as a resident at the Cleveland Clinic, and as he pushed up the man’s sleeve, he saw the patient’s Auschwitz tattoo. The man instructed the young Dr. Sirridge to insert the needle into the “6.”
“This was a huge loss of innocence for me,” Christopher said. “Remember, your moments of loss of innocence and convert them to pillars of your character.”
Christopher went on to say that everyone is unique, and “we all have our own Moby Dick.” The whale symbolizes what is frightening and unknown.
Another message Christopher had for the audience was to “be tolerant and understand the uniqueness; let’s be dependent upon one another and celebrate uniqueness.”
Throughout the years, Christopher has remained invested in supporting the humanities not only at the SOM but also in the Kansas City area. His expansive medical career spans the military, academics and private practice. After graduating from the SOM, he completed an internal medicine residency program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by fellowships in oncology and hematology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Since 1984, Christopher has been active in the United States Army Medical Corps. He began as a captain in 1984, was promoted to a major in 1986 and then served on active duty as a lieutenant colonel from 1993-2000. Christopher has received many distinguished honors within the military, including three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals and five Army Achievement Medals.
He has also had several academic appointments including the director of ambulatory services in the Oncology Clinic at Truman Medical Center-East, assistant professor of medicine of hematology and oncology at the SOM, and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Medical School and the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
The School of Medicine has announced Raymond Cattaneo, M.D., M.P.H., ’03, a Kansas City pediatrician and president of the School’s Alumni Association, as the new Assistant Dean for Years 1 and 2 Medicine.
As assistant dean, Cattaneo will be responsible for promoting a cohesive and nurturing atmosphere for first and second-year students that will help them establish a solid foundation for success at the School of Medicine and their career development, while also realizing their emerging roles in the medical profession. The assistant dean works with Years 1 and 2 support staff to educate students about academic support resources available within the med school and the Volker campus.
“I am truly humbled the administration at the School of Medicine has trust in me for this position,” Cattaneo said. “With the wonderful support system that the School has assembled, my job will be to help those students become more professional, more dedicated, more educated on the fundamentals of medicine, and prepare those students to become efficient and effective upper level medical students.”
Cattaneo has been a general pediatrician with Priority Care Pediatrics since 2006. He will continue his private practice in addition to his role with the School of Medicine.
He is also a volunteer and medical director of a wellness clinic at Community LINC, a Kansas City organization that works with the community’s homeless and impoverished families.
“I am so excited to be joining the staff at the UMKC School of Medicine,” Cattaneo said. “After graduating from residency at Children’s Mercy, I knew that I wanted to do more than clinical medicine. My partners at Priority Care Pediatrics, LLC, have always been generous enough to allow me to have outside responsibilities.”
After graduating from the School of Medicine, Cattaneo completed his internship and residency training in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. He is currently working toward completing his Master of Public Health Degree at UMKC.
He has remained active in promoting the School and has strived to keep alumni connected to the School as president of the Alumni Association since 2010.
“As a physician and an alum, I will have a different, unique perspective on being a Year 1 or 2 medical student than some other staff,” Cattaneo said.
The UMKC School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Nash Boutros, M.D., as the academic chair of the Department of Psychiatry, effective February 24, 2014. He will also serve as Medical Director for the Center for Behavioral Medicine.
Boutros currently serves as associate chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine where he is also a professor of psychiatry and neurology and director of Psychiatric Clinical Electrophysiology and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratories.
“Dr. Boutros will be an asset to the Kansas City community,” said Betty Drees, dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. “His experience and expertise will help lead mental health care treatment at a critical time of need locally and across the state of Missouri.”
He received his medical degree from Cairo University Medical School. He did his residency in psychiatry at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, a neurology residency and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the University of Illinois, and a fellowship in epileptology and behavioral neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas.
He is boarded in psychiatry, neurology, and clinical neurophysiology. He has served on the faculties of the medical schools at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, Ohio State University, Yale, and Wayne State University. He is the author of more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, including research studies in schizophrenia and neurophysiology, and is co-author of books on neuroanatomy and electroencephalography in psychiatry.
Boutros succeeds Stuart Munro, M.D., who became chair of the School of Medicine’s new Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences in March 2013.
The School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers announced the appointment of Jill Moormeier, M.D., professor of medicine, as the new chair of the Department of Medicine. The appointment is effective immediately for a term of up to two years.
Moormeier has served as associate dean for Graduate Medical Education since 2006. She joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1990 and has served as a senior docent and as section chief and fellowship director for hematology and oncology. She has also been vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine and served as the associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency program.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Moormeier completed her residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and did fellowship training in hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine Medical Center.
She has held numerous committee positions and offices at the School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers, having served as a member of the board of directors for the University Physicians Associates and as chair of the UPA finance committee.
After 12 years as dean of the UMKC School of Medicine, Betty Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., has made the decision to leave the position in 2014.
At the request of UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton, Drees will continue her leadership at the School of Medicine until a search can be conducted and a new dean appointed. Drees said that after transitioning from the dean’s position she plans to work on patient safety and health policy programs as well as teaching and community service.
“When the time comes, I will leave the deanship with tremendous pride in all that we have accomplished together since I first took on this role in 2001. But it is precisely because of our joint success that it is a good time to transition the school to new leadership,” Drees said. “In fact, Dr. Dimond’s (founder of the UMKC School of Medicine) practice of changing professionally and personally every 10 years went through my mind as I made this decision. It is healthy for the individual and the institution. Now is the perfect time to bring in fresh leadership for the School of Medicine to carry on the extraordinary work here at UMKC.”
Drees’ leadership has provided tremendous benefit for students, their families and their patients as they become physicians, said UMKC Provost Gail Hackett.
“Because of the high quality education School of Medicine graduates receive, she has made a difference in improving the health of many people in the community and across the country,” Hackett said.
UMKC School of Medicine’s accomplishments during Drees’ deanship:
Fiscal strength. “We’ve been able to strengthen the financial position of the school, despite holding tuition increases to a minimum. The improved finances allow us to increase scholarships, recruit faculty and upgrade facilities.” The new Skills Lab is opening in January and the docent units are beginning renovations. There are plans for new classrooms and labs for the school through a capital appropriations request of $48 million.
Collaboration. “We’ve strengthened our partnerships with other schools at UMKC and our clinical affiliations.” Examples include the Vision Research Center in partnership with the School of Pharmacy, the Master of Health Professions Education in partnership with the School of Education, and the Master of Bioinformatics in partnership with the Schools of Biological Sciences and Computing and Engineering.
Student success. “We have graduated more than 3,100 physicians since our founding, and celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2011-2012,” Drees said. “These graduates provide excellent medical care in our own community, and are also highly successful in academics and community service. The past two years, alumni from the School of Medicine were the university-wide alumni award winners, Dr. Catherine Spong and Dr. Mark Ediger.” The school sponsors more than 40 residency and fellowship programs that continue to grow and now include more than 500 physicians in post-graduate training. About half of these physicians remain in the region to practice medicine.
New education programs. New graduate and certificate programs in bioinformatics prepare students for clinical research, computational analytics and genomics. In order to meet health care needs, there are new master’s degree programs for students to become anesthesiologist assistants and physician assistants.
Research. The school is utilizing its partnerships and affiliations to build research programs based on collection, analysis and application of data —bioinformatics, an emerging specialty that will drive better patient outcomes and personalized medicine. Areas of research strength include brain and behavior, women and children’s health, chronic diseases, injury and cardiac patient outcomes. “We’ve established research centers in Vision, Lung Diseases, Shock/Trauma, Women’s Health and Health Insights. The Center for Health Insights is the newest center and will create a strong foundation for clinical research.”
The school has 22 endowed chairs and professorships, the most of any academic unit in the University of Missouri System. Seven of these chairs and professorships were funded during Dr. Drees’ tenure as dean. The most recently filled endowed chair is the Vijay Babu Rayudu Endowed Chair in Patient Safety.
“This chair fits well with our strength in clinical care, clinical education and clinical research,” Drees said.
Overall, the School’s faculty publications are approaching 700 manuscripts, monographs and book chapters each year.
Drees came to the UMKC School of Medicine in 1998 as associate dean for academic affairs. Previously, she was on the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical School, where she received her medical degree and trained in internal medicine and endocrinology.
Drees is a practicing physician with hospital privileges at Truman Medical Centers, Saint Luke’s Hospital and the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is an endocrinologist who sees patients with bone and calcium disorders, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease and other general hormone conditions.
At the UMKC School of Medicine, Drees has also served as a docent, a faculty mentor for students in the last four years of their medical education.
“Because of the shortage of physicians and in an effort to ease the burden of tuition costs, medical education across the country is again evaluating accelerated programs,” Drees said. “Fortunately, we’ve had 40 years of success in this innovation in training physicians for the future. The quality of our students who are accepted in the medical education program is exceptionally high. They are phenomenal people who become outstanding physicians. We also have wonderful faculty, residents, fellows and staff. We have an excellent group of leaders in our department chairs, deans and program directors who will carry the school forward.”