UMKC School of Medicine: A History of Excellence

Appointed consultant to UMKC chancellor on health affairs, E. Grey Dimond, M.D. works to establish the School of Medicine and its non-traditional docent system of learning.

Richard K. Noback, M.D., is named dean of the new UMKC School of Medicine.

Aug. 30 marks first day of class; 18 students begin their medical education.

The school signs Research Medical Center as one of its partner teaching hospitals.1971

Children’s Mercy Kansas City signs affiliation agreement to be a primary teaching hospital of the school.1972

Nine students admitted with “advance standing” are the school’s first M.D. graduates.1973

The new $13.2 million School of Medicine building opens.1974

The school begins a long-standing relationship with the People’s Republic of China, accepting a formal invitation to visit for a “study and analysis of the Chinese health care system.”1975

Truman Medical Center opens, replacing General Hospital as one of the school’s primary teaching hospitals.

The Friends of the UMKC School of Medicine is founded to provide support to the school and its students.

Harry Jonas, M.D., becomes dean.

The school welcomes Dr. Hsu Chia, the first exchange physician from the People’s Republic of China to come to the United States, as the first Edgar Snow Professor.

Summer Scholars is established to expose minority and disadvantaged youth to careers in health care.

Faculty from the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry develop one of the country’s few combined oral and maxillofacial surgery/M.D. programs.

The Eye Foundation is founded by Felix Sabates, chairman of the school’s Department of Ophthalmology, to support patient care and vision research.

James Mongan, M.D., is appointed dean.

The school and its docent system of learning is named a Model Education Program by the National Fund for Medical Education.

School of Medicine and Saint Luke’s Hospital finalize their primary teaching hospital affiliation agreement.

Construction of the Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond Scholars’ Center – known as Diastole – is completed.

The school signs agreement with the Center for Behavioral Medicine, making it a primary teaching hospital.

Stuart Munro, M.D., is appointed interim dean. E. Ratcliffe Anderson Jr., M.D., is named dean later this year.

Marjorie Sirridge, M.D. accepts a two-year appointment as dean.

The school forms a new Basic Medical Science division, bringing medical student classes in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and microbiology under the direction of the medical school.

Michael Friedland, M.D., is appointed dean.

The UMKC and University of Kansas schools of medicine partner to create Saturday Academy, a free program for middle and high school students interested in health careers.

The school’s Shock/Trauma Research Center is established, one of the first in the Midwest.

Betty M. Drees, M.D., is appointed dean.

The school’s medical students establish the Sojourner Clinic, providing free health care to the homeless.

Kansas City VA Medical Center signs agreement to serve as a primary teaching hospital for the school.

The school’s Youngblood Medical Skills Lab opens, equipped with human simulators to provide a realistic learning environment for future health care professionals.

The school’s Vision Research Center opens, serving as the Department of Ophthalmology’s research arm.

The school welcomes the first students to its Master of Science in Anesthesiology program, one of only a handful across the country designed to help address the shortage of anesthesia services.

The Master of Science in Bioinformatics is offered through a joint effort by the UMKC School of Medicine, School of Biological Sciences and School of Computing and Engineering.

In collaboration with UMKC’s School of Graduate Studies, the School of Medicine launches its new Interdisciplinary-Ph.D. program in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

School of Medicine founder E. Grey Dimond, M.D., passes away at the age of 94.

Steven L. Kanter, M.D., is appointed dean.

The school welcomes 14 students into its new Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant program.

The school’s family medicine residency is recognized as a top program by U.S. News and World Report, ranking No. 7 in the Midwest.

School receives $1.9 million grant from National Institute of Mental Health to continue research leading to new drug therapies and treatments for depression.

Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., is appointed dean.
(interim dean since 2018)