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Three from SOM receive Vice Chancellor’s Honor

2013 Spring Vice Chancellor Honor Recipients from the School of Medicine are (left to right) Melony Chakravarty, MS 6, Mena Kerolus, MS 6, and Ashika Odhav, MS 6.
2013 Spring Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients from the School of Medicine are (left to right) Melony Chakrabarty, MD, ’13, Mena Kerolus, MD, ’13, and Ashika Odhav, MD, ’13.

Three students from the School of Medicine were among this year’s graduating students recognized as Spring 2013 UMKC Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipients for their excellence in both academic achievement and service to the campus community.

Melony Chakrabarty, nominated by Connie Beachler; Mena Kerolus, nominated by Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D.; and Ashika Odhav, nominated by Kathy Kinder, M.D., received this year’s Vice Chancellor’s recognition.

Students are selected for maintaining high scholastic performace, while actively participating in University and community activities outside the classroom. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management takes nominations each semester from faculty and staff across the campus for the award.

The Honor Recipient program was started in 1975 by Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Richard Hoover.

Grad week activities

UMKC-med_web_200pxTuesday, May 21, 6 p.m.
Senior Banquet — Graduating Students & Docents
1424 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, Mo., 64111
Contact Student Affairs at 816-235-1920 for information on prices and tickets

Wednesday, May 22, 5 p.m.
Docent/Graduate Picnic — Loose Park
5100 Warnall Rd
Kansas City, Mo., 64112
Students RSVP to Matt Goers: mlgypb@mail.umkc.edu
Docents RSVP to Petra Bricker: brickerp@umkc.edu

Thursday, May 23, noon
Take Wing Lecture
UMKC School of Medicine, Theater A
Thomas Toth, M.D., ’86
Director and Founder of the Massachusetts General Hospital In Vitro Fertilization Unit and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility Fellowship Training Program,
Mass. General Hospital Associate
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology,
Harvard Medical School

Friday, May 24, 2 p.m.
Commencement Arrival
Graduates/Docents/Faculty/Platform Party
Pierson Auditorium
Student Success Center

Friday, May 24, 3 p.m.
UMKC School of Medicine Commencement
MD, MSA, MSB, Graduate Certificate
Swinney Recreation Center
No seating limitations; no tickets required

School of Medicine AOA chapter inducts 10 new members


The 2013 Class of AOA inductees: back row (left to right) Michael Collard, John Foxworth, Pharm.D, (AOA Sponsor), Joey Guidos, Nikoo Cheraghi, Adil Akthar, Jonathon Wagner, D.O., Richard Isaacson, M.D., and Adam Fleddermann. Front row (left to right) Judith Bowen, M.D., (AOA lecturer), Cheta Arora, Noor Abu Alnadi, Ashika Odhav, Ramya Kollipari, neal Akhave, Ashwini Poola and Sean Reddy. Not pictured: Himanshu Banda, Eugene Khariton, Zain Mirza, Shubra Srinivas, Suchit Patel, M.D., and Alexander Zabaneh.
The 2013 Class of AOA inductees and current AOA members: back row (left to right) Michael Collard, John Foxworth, Pharm.D, (AOA Sponsor), Joey Guidos, Nikoo Cheraghi, Adil Akthar, Jonathon Wagner, D.O., Richard Isaacson, M.D., and Adam Fleddermann. Front row (left to right) Judith Bowen, M.D., (AOA lecturer), Cheta Arora, Noor Abu Alnadi, Ashika Odhav, Ramya Kollipari, neal Akhave, Ashwini Poola and Sean Reddy. Not pictured: Himanshu Banda, Eugene Khariton, Zain Mirza, Shubra Srinivas, Suchit Patel, M.D., and Alexander Zabaneh.


aoa_headerThe School of Medicine inducted six new students, two residents/fellows and two alumni into the Missouri Delta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alph Medical Honor Society during a banquet on May 9 at Diastole.

The AOA is a medical honor society that recognizes both high educational achievement and gifted teaching, and encourages the development of leaders in academia and the community, while supporting the ideals of humanism and promoting service to others.

This year’s Junior AOA inductees include Neal Akhave, MS 5, Michael Collard, MS 5, Joseph Guidos, MS 5, and Anna Shah, MS 5. Senior inductees are Zain Mirza, MS 6, and Ashika Odhav, MS 6. Suchit Patel, M.D., and Jonathan Wagner, D.O., are the resident/fellow inductees, and Denise Davis, M.D., ’81, and Richard Isaacson, M.D., 01, are the alumni inductees.

More current Year 5 students will be selected this coming fall for induction into the AOA as senior members.

Judith Bowen, M.D., F.A.C.P., a professor in the division of general internal medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, presented the annual AOA Lecture at noon on May 10 in Theater A. She will speak on “Inter-Professionalism: The New Normal.”

Bowen attended medical school at Dartmouth, and completed an internal medicine residency at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle Washington.

She was elected to AOA in 2006, has a large number of grants, 41 peer-reviewed publications, has developed many courses to help faculty improve their teaching, and has been a national and international speaker having presented hundreds of talks. She is noted for her knowledge in the areas of the patient centered medical home, and in clinical reasoning.

MSA student receives national scholarship award

Travis Lundell
Travis Lundell

Travis Lundell, a second-year student in the School of Medicine’s Master of Science in Anesthesia program, has been honored with the 2013 Sheridan National Allied Health Scholarship for Anesthiologist Assistant students.

Lundell was selected to receive the award for his exemplary clinical and leadership skills. He has been a leader in the SOM MSA program as an elected student representive to the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA), the AAAA student committee chair of communications, and also serves as a Boy Scout leader and an active member of his church community.

In the past year, Lundell has done clinical rotations at Kansas City’s Liberty Hospital, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and the Kansas City VA Medical Center.

Sheridan Healthcare, Inc., a hospital-based, multispecialty physician services company that also is a leading provider of anesthesia services throughout the country, presents the award annually to one Anesthesiaologist Assistant student in a nationally-accredited MSA program. It is designed to assist allied health students, residents and fellows with their transition from training to practice.


SOM alumni receive top UMKC Alumni Awards

2013 UMKC Alumni Award winners: Nelson Sabates, M.D., ’86; Maj. Gen. Mark Ediger, M.D., ’78; and John Owen, M.D., ’81.
2013 UMKC Alumni Award winners: Nelson Sabates, M.D., ’86; Maj. Gen. Mark Ediger, M.D., ’78; and John Owen, M.D., ’81.


Maj. Gen. Mark Ediger, M.D., M.P.H., ’78, deputy surgeon general for the United States Air Force, called it an honor and privilege to be reconized as 2013 UMKC Alumnus of the Year during the 2013 Alumni Awards celebration on April 18 at Swinney Recreation Center. Ediger received the University’s top honor that is awarded annually to one who has achieved eminence in his or her professional field and made contributions to education, science, the arts or human welfare of national or international significance.

“This is an amazing honor for me, not something I would have imagined possible,” Ediger said. “I stand here today representing the contributions of all the UMKC graduates who have served and are serving in our military.”

It was the second year in a row that a School of Medicine graduate has received the University’s Alumnus of the Year award. Ediger was one of three School of Medicine alumni honored by the University.

Nelson Sabates, M.D., ’86, professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, founder and director of the Vision Research Center at UMKC, president and CEO of Sabates Eye Centers and president of the Vision Research Foundation of Kansas City, received the 2013 Spotlight Award for his outstanding contributions that have brought national attention to the University.

John Owen, M.D., ’81, a practicing physician at the Liberty Clinic in Liberty, Mo., and retired brigadier general in U.S. Air National Guard, received the alumni achievement award for the School of Medicine.

The family of Michael Sweeney, M.D., ’78, received the University’s Legacy Award, with 18 familiy members who have earned 25 degrees from UMKC.

Alumnus of the Year

mark_ediger2__2_Maj. Gen. Mark Ediger, M.D., M.P.H., ’78, is Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon. Last year’s UMKC Alumna of the Year was Catherine Spong, M.D. ’91.

Ediger has made a career of serving his local and worldwide community. Four years into private practice as a rural family physician, he realized he wanted to broaden his experience. In 1985, he went on to active duty in the U.S. Air Force, where he continued to practice family medicine and move up in the ranks.

In 2012, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the rank of Major General, making him one of only four active duty two-star generals serving in the Air Force Medical Service. In July 2012, he assumed his current position of Deputy Surgeon General for the U.S. Air Force, a role where he supports the Surgeon General in overseeing the operations of the $7.1 billion, 43,000-person integrated health care delivery system that includes the Air Force’s deployable medical capability.

Spotlight Award

sabates__nelson_photo_2Through his scholarly and clinical efforts, Nelson Sabates, M.D., ’86, has attracted world-class scholars and researchers to Kansas City and UMKC, pioneering new treatments and advancing basic and clinical studies to improve patient care. Sabates, who has taught residents and medical students for more than 20 years, is professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at UMKC, founder and director of the Vision Research Center at UMKC, president and CEO of Sabates Eye Centers and president of the Vision Research Foundation of Kansas City.

His work through the Vision Research Foundation and the UMKC Department of Ophthalmology recently elicited a significant grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, a prestigious voluntary health organization in support of eye research. The Vision Research Foundation’s focus on bench-to-bedside translational research – the only regional eye center to combine this research with clinical trials – seeks to improve treatment for eye diseases that affect millions. Sabates also has an international, national, regional and local presence as a leader, board member, speaker and author. The UMKC Spotlight Award recognizes a graduate whose accomplishments, leadership and public service have caused regional and national attention to be focused on the University and the metropolitan area.

School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award

owen__john_photoBrig. Gen. John Owen, M.D., ’81, is a practicing physician who is also a decorated military leader. Owen is a practicing physician at the Liberty Clinic in Liberty, Mo. He recently retired from his post as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Command Surgeon, Air Mobility Command. Owen received the Surgeon General’s Air National Guard State Air Surgeon of the Year award in 2007 and the Harry Truman Public Service Award in 2012, which he accepted on behalf of the members of the Armed Forces during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Owen served the State of Missouri as director of the Joint Staff, Missouri Joint Force Headquarters, where he oversaw domestic operation, joint staff, special staff and the state partnership program to the nation of Panama. He has received many honors for his service, including the Legion of Merit, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

For more information about the 2013 alumni award winners, visit umkcalumni.com.

In May, the School of Medicine will present the 2013 Take Wing Award to Thomas Toth, M.D., ’86.

Health science schools celebrate International Health Care Day

Stuart Munro, M.D., (left) catches up with Henry Lin, M.D., '06, the keynote speaker for the 2013 International Health Care Day on April 16 at the School of Medicine.
Stuart Munro, M.D., (left) catches up with Henry Lin, M.D., ’06, the keynote speaker for the 2013 International Health Care Day on April 16 at the School of Medicine.

Students and faculty from the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy shared their global health care experiences during the second annual International Health Care Day, renamed from International Medicine Day to reflect its interdisciplinary participation, on April 16 at the School of Medicine.

“International health is one of the best areas where interdisciplinary education can occur,” said Stuart Munro, M.D., chair of the new Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, and head of the UMKC School of Medicine International Medicine Committee.

Henry Lin, M.D., ’06, an advanced fellow in pediatric transplant hepatology at Northwestern was the keynote speaker. Lin focused on ways to assess the sustainability of short-term medical mission trips and shared his experiences in the Dominican Republic, where he has volunteered every year since 2006.

“How do you balance the need to develop sustainability, and we have this growing volunteer population,” Lin said. “We need to promote the populations (we are visiting) to become independent.”

Lin has formed an interdisciplinary team, which has morphed throughout the years, attracting members from throughout the United States and Canada to travel with him to the Dominican Republic.

“What we’re trying to do is figure out, is there a way that we can shift the balance of benefits toward the global community,” Lin said.

Four SOM students and one faculty member were presenters. Apurva Bhatt, MS 3, Rucha Kharod, MS 5, and Raza Hasan, MS 5 each spoke about their trips to India for an infectious disease rotation. Matt Goers, MS 6, community coordinator for Partners in Health (PIH), presented his experiences overseas and his involvement in the PIH Engage Initiative. Charlie Inboriboon, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine, spoke about his experiences in teaching and supporting students in trips abroad. Inboriboon came to the School last year from the University of Rochester, which is known for its focus on global medicine. His research interests include emergency medicine development in Thailand, integrating global health and medical education and qualitative, community-based participatory research.

All of the day’s presenters shared common benefits of international health care experiences including, learning, opening their eyes to new cultures and ways of life, and hoping for long-term aid in the places they visited.

Lin said he was reminded of a quote from Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, but actually working together is success.” Lin said, “For all of us who are invested in doing community development, global health work, that’s the key, ‘are we actually working together?’”

Match Day filled with hugs, smiles at UMKC School of Medicine

UMKC School of Medicine Class of 2013
UMKC School of Medicine Class of 2013

2013 UMKC School of Medicine Match List


The giant smiley face on the golden balloon tethered to her  hand matched that on Monica Lau’s face and those of her UMKC School of Medicine classmates late Friday morning after they opened letters from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) with a simple message printed in bold letters.

“Congratulations, you have matched.”

For the 87 members of the Class of 2013 who received a post-graduate residency position through the match process, it was the payoff for six strenuous, but now rewarding years of hard work.

“This is what I was hoping for,” said Lau, who matched with her first choice of residency positions — internal medicine/pediatrics at Tulane University. “I didn’t really know what to expect but this is the best outcome I could have imagined.”

Across the country, more medical students were opening Match Day letters than ever before. The NRMP released a statement saying the 2013 Match was the largest in the program’s history. And nationwide, 400 more students matched to primary care positions in internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics than a year ago.

At UMKC, nearly 43 percent of those who matched did so in one of the primary care specialties. Internal medicine was the most popular match with 26 students and medicine-pediatrics and pediatrics was next with 12 matches.

Well more than half of the class matched to residency programs in the Midwest. Eighteen will be staying in the Kansas City area to continue their post-graduate training and 14 of those matched to one of the UMKC School of Medicine residency programs.

David Camejo was one of those who will stay put, at least for another year. Camejo will do a preliminary medicine year at UMKC before heading to Philadelphia and Temple University to continue his training in ophthalmology.

“I’m really happy and excited,” Camejo said. “(Match Day) couldn’t have gone any better. This is exactly what I was hoping for. I’m glad everything worked out well. My family was here to support me, so I’m very happy.”

So was Matthew Goers, who was one of the many going into internal medicine. Goers matched to his first choice at the University of Minnesota. He said he had a good idea where he would be going.

“I wasn’t as nervous as a lot of people, so I’m pretty happy with it,” he said. “I had a good report with everyone that I interviewed with and kept in email correspondence with everybody and they just seemed very open and very honest.”

In just a few months, a group of nearly 90 students that has spent the past six years together will be spreading out across the country.

“It was long during (those six years) but right now it seems like it just flew by,” Goers said. “I’m going to miss these guys. It’s going to be awesome, but I’m going to miss them.”

Match By The Numbers

Anesthesiology 7
Emergency Medicine 6
General Surgery 3
Internal Medicine 26
Medicine-Pediatrics 5
Medicine – Preliminary 8 (Ophthalmology 2, Dermatology, Radiology-Diagnostic 3)
Neurological Surgery 1
Neurology 3
Obstetrics-Gynecology 4
Oral Surgery 1
Orthopaedic Surgery 2
Otolaryngology 1
Pathology 2
Pediatrics 7
Psychiatry 3
Radiology – Diagnostic 1
Surgery – Preliminary 3
Transitional 3 (Anesthesiology 1, Ophthalmology 2)

Curators approve Hospital Hill student housing project

Hospital_HillCampus housing for Hospital Hill students, including the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, took a step closer to becoming a reality on Jan. 31 when the University of Missouri Board of Curators gave thumbs up to the plan during a meeting in Kansas City.

The project plans include a 254-bed apartment-style development designed similar to the Oak Place Apartments that were completed in 2008 on Oak Street just west of the UMKC Volker Campus. Included is a 196-space parking garage dedicated for residents.

A conceptual drawing of proposed Hospital Hill development shows the $29.3 million residential project located at the southeast corner of 25th and Charlotte streets.

“This is a exciting development for our students on the Hospital Hill campus,” said School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D. “We are pleased that the board of curators has given its support to a project that will bring a new vitality and enhance the student experience on Hospital Hill.”

During the meeting in Kansas City, the board of curators voted to allow the University to issue bonds and seek requests for developers’ proposals. Those proposals are expected back in early March. The plan calls for the board to review the proposals in April and construction of the development to be completed by July 2014.

University leaders say the new student housing would add an important element to efforts to increase enrollment in the health professions school and enhance other area life-science activity. The project would also help spur redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhoods, possibly attracting new restaurants and stores.

Student research selected for presentation at world scientific conference

Fizza Abbas, MS 5, Arfaa Ali, MS 5, and Asha Nookala, MS 4
Fizza Abbas, MS 5, Arfaa Ali, MS 5, and Asha Nookala, MS 4

Three students at the School of Medicine are the lead authors of research projects that were selected for presentation at Experimental Biology 2013 this April in Boston. The conference is annually one of the largest scientific gatherings of researchers and scientists from the fields of pathology, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and nutrition.

Each of the students, Fizza Abbas, MS 5, Arfaa Ali, MS 5, and Asha Nookala, MS 4, were recipients of the School’s Sarah Morrison Student Research Award and will present their completed findings at the annual Student Research Summit this spring. All three worked under the direction of Betty Herndon, Ph.D., research associate professor, and Tim Quinn, senior technologist.

“Every year we have two or three students whose work is presented at Experimental Biology,” said Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research. “But this year is different because all three were winners of the Sarah Morrison Award and each one will be giving the presentations as the first author. That is unusual for a small institution like ours.”

Abbas conducted her work on angiotensin II and its role in fat embolism-induced lung disease. Ali explored the effects of omega 3 fatty acids on fatty liver disease and obesity. Nookala’s work focused on the use of curcumin, a popular spice, as a potential dietary supplement to battle fatty liver disease and general obesity.

A fourth research project from the School’s Department of Pathology, in which three students participated, was also selected for presentation at the Experimental Biology conference. Elizabeth Black, MS 4, Jessie Friedrich, MS 4, and J. Chris Tanner, MS 4, were part of a project on fat embolism syndrome following bone fracture for which Molteni was the lead author and the presenter.

“By being a part of these research projects and presentations, these students will have a better understanding of the explosion of information that is available and how to share information and interact with faculty members from other institutions,” Molteni said.

Rogers takes reign of national group on combined degree programs

Brenda Rogers, M.D.
Brenda Rogers, M.D.

More and more medical schools throughout the United States are incorporating accelerated medical education into their programs. As they do, questions are bound to arise. That’s where the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Combined Baccalaureate-MD Programs steps in.

The UMKC School of Medicine has been at the forefront of the group’s leadership from the beginning, starting with Louise Arnold, Ph.D., the School’s former associate dean for medical education who in 2002 was founding chair of the group.

Earlier this year at the group’s annual meeting, that leadership role made it full circle back to the School of Medicine with Brenda Rogers, M.D., ’90, associate dean for student affairs, assuming the chairperson’s role in the group’s four-year leadership cycle.

Rogers said the UMKC School of Medicine has a strong identity among medical schools with accelerated programs. So when those questions do come up at the group’s annual meeting, it’s not uncommon that educators turn to Rogers and UMKC for answers.

“Dr. Arnold has set this wonderful national reputation for us as a resource,” Rogers said. “We get questions at that meeting frequently of, ‘How should we do this,’ and someone will say, ‘well, UMKC has been doing this for 40 years. How do you guys do that?’ We have that reputation.”

Rogers said she has developed a deep appreciation for her role as leader and a resource for other educators within the group, going back to a time nearly seven years ago when she started attending the group meetings with Arnold.

“It makes me feel older, but it’s very fulfilling. You hope it’s helpful to them,” Rogers said. “It is kind of because of her (Arnold’s) legacy that our program needs to be very supportive, and it is, with this national group.”

By the same token, Rogers said she has found other medical educators within the group to be valuable assets of information to deal with issues that pop up at the UMKC School of Medicine.

“Some of the people I’ve me in the group through Dr. Arnold have helped me with struggles in student affairs issues. They’ve been good resources for me,” Rogers said. “The collaboration has been fantastic.”

That idea of working together to share ideas, said Rogers, is the whole reason for the group, which has morphed from a handful of medical schools to a group that represents almost 100 schools across the country. The group gets together for one day during the AAMC’s annual meetings. Rogers said that in her one-year role as chair, she would encourage more communication among the group’s membership throughout the year as well as encourage new members to become more involved in the program.

“We share information about things we’re individually working on to accomplish the same goal,” Rogers said. “We’re sharing information.”

From that standpoint, the purpose of the group hasn’t changed in the 10 years since it was formed. It’s merely grown.