Faculty Notes

  • Recent Appointments and Achievements

    KCUMB takes great pride in its faculty and their accomplishments. The following notable appointments and achievements are recognitions of their dedication, expertise and teaching excellence that reach beyond the classroom.Please send submissions for Faculty Notes to Lisa Cambridge, lcambridge@kcumb.edu.

    • Marilyn DeGeus,  M.A., M.L.S., received the Public Medallion Award on May 3 at the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons 116th Annual Convention in Branson, Mo. She was recognized for her longstanding commitment andefforts to ensure the library provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources that will benefit osteopathic students, faculty and alumni.
    • Douglas Rushing, Ph.D., was selected as the Professional Medallion Award recipient on May 3 at the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons 116th Annual Convention in Branson, Mo. for his service as a leader, mentor and instructor for osteopathic medical students.
    • G. Michael Johnston, D.O., MACOI, received the Wilbur T. Hill, D.O., FACOFP, dist., Distinguished Service Award on May 3 at the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons 116th Annual Convention in Branson, Mo. This award is given for meritorious service to MAOPS and the osteopathic profession over a long period of time.
    • Kevin Hubbard, D.O., FACOI, was recognized as the MAOPS Physician of the Year on May 3 at the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons 116th Annual Convention in Branson, Mo., for his oustanding service to the osteopathic profession during the past year.
    • John J. Dougherty, D.O., FACOFP, FAOASM, FAODME, was among 10 recent graduates of the 2013 ACOFP Physician Leadership Institute (PLI). This 12-month applied academic program with concentrations in political, organizational and academic leadership offers ACOFP members with certification in concentrated tracks that will prepare them to assume leadership positions within the ACOFP and the greater osteopathic community.  
    • Jeffrey A. Suzewits, D.O.*, associate dean for clinical education, was recently appointed to the Missouri Health Connection (MHC) Board of Directors and Advisors. MHC is dedicated to connecting Missouri’s patients and providers through a secure health information network that will that will ensure patients, providers, physicians, hospitals and other health care organizations access to critical medical record information in order to improve patient care and increase efficiency. The directors and advisors guide MHC’s leadership staff to effectively improve the quality of medical care, reduce costs and medical errors, and empower Missourians to take a more active role in their own health care, establishing one connection of the healthier Missouri. 
    • Sarah Parrott, D.O., assistant professor of family and community medicine, was chosen for the 2013 Costin Scholar program. The Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators is an academic program specifically designed for Osteopathic Medical personnel currently involved in teaching, academic management as well as those aspiring to a career in medical academe. Its program is a year-long educational experience leading to a designation as a Costin scholar which signifies advanced expertise in teaching, research, management and leadership skills. Costin scholars are drawn from both clinical and academic fields, bringing a diverse range of experience and expertise to each year’s cohort.  
    • Robert A. White, Ph.D., associate dean for the College of Biosciences and professor of biochemistry, recently completed the 2013 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP) in Atlanta, Ga. CAAMP is an inter-professional, open-enrollment course designed for administrative leaders in health professions education. The program was created by Aspire-Achieve-Lead, an international consulting and professional development organization, to address the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by department chairs and academic administrators within colleges and school of health professions.
    • Jeffrey N. Joyce, Ph.D., vice president for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, was appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research Administration.  The journal is published by the Society for Research Administration International, which is dedicated to the education and the professional development of research administrators and to enhance public understanding of research and its administration. It represents all disciplines and sectors in research administration.
    • Abdulbaki Agbas, Ph.D., M.Sc., associate professor of biochemistry, was recently awarded the Kansas University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (KUADC) pilot grant award for his research on platelet TDP-43 protein, a proxy for proteinopathy in Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  Sampling from the living AD patient’s brain is not a viable option for studying the pathosignature proteins like TDP-43 during the progress of the disease.  Dr. Agbas considers that platelets from AD patients could serve as a proxy for the AD brain by analyzing the pathosignature protein modifications in platelets. This approach will strengthen the concept that platelet TDP-43 may serve as a viable indicator for early diagnosis of AD development.
    • G. Michael Johnson, D.O., MACOI, senior assistant dean for clinical education and assistant regional dean for the Kansas City region, received the District Leadership Award presented by the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS). This award recognizes an osteopathic physician who makes a significant impact in their osteopathic district association. Dr. Johnston is a member of the Kansas City district. MAOPS presented the award to Dr. Johnston on April 27, 2013, at its annual convention held at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. 
    • Richard Ogden, D.O., FAAFP, FAOFP* , associate professor of family and community medicine and director of KCUMB Physician Associates, recently received the Medallion Award by the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS). The Medallion Award is presented each year to an individual in recognition of significant service that contributed to the growth, improvement, or public recognition of osteopathic medicine.  MAOPS presented the award to Dr. Ogden on April 27, 2013, at its annual convention held at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo.
    • Marc B. Hahn, D.O., executive vice president for academic and medical affairs; provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was specially recognized on April 26, 2013, at the AACOM Annual Awards Banquet in Baltimore, Md., on for his leadership as AACOM’s Inaugural Chair of the Joining Forces Advisory Group. The Joining Forces Advisory Group is an expansive effort to support members of the military, veterans and military families in areas of employment, education and wellness.
    • Sarah Parrott, D.O., assistant professor of family and community medicine, was recognized by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners for her contributions to the case and exam development of COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE. She participated in a Standard Setting Meeting held in Philadelphia at NBOME’s National Center for Clinical Skills Testing.
    • Abdulbaki Agbas, Ph.D., M.Sc., associate professor of biochemistry was recently awarded the Frontiers Trail Blazer award for his research on the development of a biomarker for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Trail Blazer award is sponsored by the Frontiers/Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. There is no diagnostic test for ALS and it can only be diagnosed after the disease has progressed enough for the significant symptoms to be revealed. Identification of biomarkers associated with ALS would be a critical step to early diagnosis.
    • Linda K. Adkison, Ph.D., associate dean for curricular affairs and professor of genetics, was appointed to serve on the selection committee for the 2013-2014 Hedwig von Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women fellowship. The program prepares senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health to effect sustained positive change as institutional leaders. Since 1995, ELAM has graduated more than 700 women who serve in leadership positions − department head through university president − at over 180 academic health centers and organizations internationally. 
    • Elizabeth K. McClain, Ph.D. , Ed.S., assistant dean of clinical education and assistant professor in clinical affairs, has been selected as a 2013 National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators Fellow. NAOME is a community of outstanding educators who have met rigorous standards of academic excellence. The purpose of the academy is to foster and value the scholarship of teaching and learning, and provide role modeling and support for educators in osteopathic medical education programs.
    • W. Joshua Cox, D.O., FACOFP, associate professor and chair of family medicine, is secretary of the 2013-2014 Board of Governors for the Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. The MSACOFP plays a crucial role in helping the osteopathic physician succeed through its community, continuing medical education opportunities and advocacy.
    • Amy M. DeBaets, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioethics, was recently accepted as a 2013-2015 Faculty Scholars Program cohort in the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago.  The focus of the Faculty Scholars Program is to investigate the spiritual aspects of medicine from the perspective of practicing physicians. Its ultimate aim is to create conditions conducive to the spiritual renewal of the practice of medicine by renewing physicians themselves. Dr. DeBaets is one of four faculty scholars accepted for this two-year wave of a decade-long program supported by the John Templeton Foundation.
    • John J. Dougherty, D.O., FACOFP, FAOASM, FAODME, professor and associate dean for clinical education and medical affairs, has been appointed to the Board of Governors for the Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. The MSACOFP is a network of osteopathic family physicians dedicated to providing quality family medical care in Missouri.
    • Alan G. Glaros, Ph.D.*, professor and associate dean for basic medical sciences, was recently appointed as a national faculty chair for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Dr. Glaros will serve as the chair of the Preventive Medicine/Health Promotion Division. NBOME is the leading organization for the assessment of competencies of the osteopathic medicine and related health-care professions.
    • Marc B. Hahn, D.O., executive vice president for academic and medical affairs; provost and dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, is co-chair of the AACOM Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education. The purpose of the commission is to identify unique opportunities for the osteopathic profession to offer leadership in medical education leading to the improvement in the health of the U.S. population in the 21st century.
    • Jeffrey N. Joyce, Ph.D., vice president for research and professor of pharmacology, was recently appointed as chair of the Academic Review Board for the Journal of Research Administration. The journal is published by the Society of Research Administrators International.

    *Indicates faculty member is retired or is no longer at KCUMB.