• KCU Appoints Dr. Marc B. Hahn as President and CEO

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 10, 2013) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Marc B. Hahn, DO, as the University’s 14th president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2013.

    “Dr. Hahn possesses a great respect among his colleagues in both the health-care field and in academia, and the Board is confident that he will impact the future of KCU, taking our institution to new heights,” said Terry Dunn, chairman of KCUMB’s Board of Trustees. “He clearly has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the University’s current state of affairs, its vision for the future, and how to achieve its goal to become a national leader in education, research, clinical practice and service.”

    Dr. Hahn, 54, has served as executive vice president for academic and medical affairs, provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine since October 2012. Since his arrival at KCU, he has led the University in making significant and innovative strategic changes that place the University in a small, yet elite, pool of educational institutions that are setting trends in the areas of state-of-the-art curriculum delivery, impact on student debt and sustainability.

    Dr. Hahn’s vision of a more sustainable campus resulted in the University integrating tablet technology into its curriculum for all programs. By fall 2013, all students at KCU will be issued an iPad tablet in lieu of many textbooks, hand-outs and paper examinations. KCU is one of only a few medical schools in the nation that provide this technology for all of its students.

    Also, to assist students with their long-term debt load, Dr. Hahn worked with University leaders to lower tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year. According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), no private medical schools and only two public medical schools lowered tuition for the upcoming academic year.

    “I am tremendously honored to have been selected as KCUMB’s 14th president to lead this institution which is so deeply steeped in heritage into its second century of educating osteopathic physicians and scientists,” Dr. Hahn said. “I look forward to working alongside KCUMB’s skilled and knowledgeable faculty as we educate our students to face the demands of today’s complex health care system, transforming challenges into opportunities for the University, the community and the medical profession.”

    Of particular interest to Dr. Hahn is the impact KCU alumni have had on the Midwest region and within the state of Missouri where the KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine is the second-greatest provider of physicians, with 72 percent of those practicing a primary care specialty and 40 percent in rural practice, according to a study conducted in February 2013 by the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data.

    “As our country reaches a point of crisis with respect to a shortage of physicians, especially in the primary care specialties, KCU is positioned to make a profound difference in the delivery of health care,” Dr. Hahn said. “Our mission has always been focused on primary care and service to the underserved and that focus is needed now more than ever.”

    Prior to coming to KCU, Dr. Hahn served as senior vice president of health affairs and dean of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and a professor of anesthesiology.

    From 2001 to 2009, he served as senior vice president for health affairs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Ft. Worth and dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    Dr. Hahn is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University. He served for twelve years in the United States Army. While on active duty, he trained in anesthesiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in pain management at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and later became chief of pain management at Walter Reed. He eventually served as chief of the Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Division at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

    He has held numerous special appointments, including inspector for medical school accreditation for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and member of the Institute of Medicine’s Planning Committee for Graduate Medical Education. He also served as anesthesiologist for two U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

    Dr. Hahn currently serves as chair of the Board of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). He was recently recognized by AACOM for his leadership as the association’s Inaugural Chair of the Joining Forces Advisory Group.

    He is board certified in anesthesiology by both the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology. He also holds sub-specialty board certifications in pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine.

    The selection of Dr. Hahn as KCUMB’s new president took place after a five-month national search with the assistance of EFL Associates, an executive search firm. A search committee that included representatives of the University faculty, staff, students, trustees, advisory board and the community reviewed applications from dozens of candidates from across the nation.

    Dr. Hahn will succeed Marshall D. Walker, DO, who began serving in an interim capacity following the resignation of H. Danny Weaver, DO, in December 2012. In appreciation of Dr. Walker’s service, the Board of Trustees removed his interim title, making him the University’s 13th president and chief executive officer.

    Dr. Walker will resume his role as director of medical education at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kan. He will also return to active service on KCUMB’s Board of Trustees, on which he adopted an ex officio capacity while functioning as president.

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. Founded in 1916, its College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state.

    Posted: 06/10/2013

    Category: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Campus Life, Osteopathic Medicine, General