Historical Highlights

  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is home to the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in Missouri.

    1916

    The Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery (KCCOS) is founded. George J. Conley, D.O., becomes the college's first president. Classes begin in a building at 7th and Wyandotte.

    1917

    Mamie Johnston, a transfer student, becomes the first graduate. KCCOS moves to 15th and Troost.

    1921

    2105 Independence Avenue becomes the school's address.

    1936

    KCCOS opens Conley Hospital on Nov. 16, 1936, with 35 beds. It was the first undergraduate teaching hospital on the campus of an osteopathic college.

    1940

    Johnston Hall Science Building is dedicated.

    1944

    The 100-bed Wesley Hospital at 11th and Harrison is purchased, and Conley Hospital is converted to a maternity hospital.

    1950

    Dr. Joseph M. Peach is elected the College's second president.

    1964

    Dr. Richard Eby succeeds Dr. Joseph Peach as president.

    1965

    Dr. Richard Eby resigns and Dr. K.J. Davis, alumnus and dean of the College, becomes interim president.

    1966

    Dr. Eugene B. Powers is installed as the fifth president. The College celebrates its golden anniversary and becomes the largest osteopathic college in the United States.

    1968

    On the sudden death of Dr. Eugene B. Powers, Dr. K.J. Davis is again selected as interim president. Mazzacano Library opens. Dr. Rudolph S. Bremen becomes the sixth president.

    1970

    KCCOS becomes The Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCCOM).

    1972

    The Center for Health Sciences, later known as University Hospital, is opened.

    1979

    The new Administration Building, a gift from the Alumni Association, is occupied after extensive renovation, and 1750 Independence Avenue becomes the University's permanent address.

    1980

    The school's name becomes the University of Health Sciences.

    1988

    Dr. Elmer H. Whitten is inaugurated as the eighth president. University Hospital closes.

    1991

    John P. Perrin, J.D., becomes the ninth president.

    1994

    Jack T. Weaver, D.O., becomes the 10th president.

    1995

    Karen L. Pletz, J.D., is installed as the University's 11th president.

    1996

    The Educational Pavilion, a four-story, state-of-the-art facility containing classrooms, a library, cafeteria, laboratories and faculty offices, is dedicated. Classes begin on the consolidated campus.

    1998

    The University receives its first five-year accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
    UHS is one of eight leading medical schools, including Harvard and Vanderbilt, to receive a prestigious John Templeton Foundation Spirituality in Medicine Award.

    1999

    Alumni Hall is renamed Leonard Smith Hall.
    The University joins with seven other leading research institutions in forming the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.

    2000

    Genesis 2000, a three-year curriculum revision project, is integrated into the first-year curriculum and provides case-based learning with earlier clinical opportunities.
    The Mary Lou Butterworth, D.O., Alumni Center is completed.
    Campaign 2000, the University's first major capital campaign, is launched.

    2001

    UHS and Rockhurst University inaugurate a dual-degree D.O.-M.B.A. in healthcare leadership program.

    2002

    The University receives its first national challenge grant of $500,000 from The Kresge Foundation.

    2003

    The University receives a second Spirituality in Medicine Award from the John Templeton Foundation.
    The Educational Pavilion is renamed the Darwin J. and Suzanne Strickland Education Pavilion.
    Campaign 2000 ends with more than $16 million in contributions.

    2004

    The University's name is changed to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
    The Paul W. and Mary L. Dybedal Center for Research opens.

    2006

    The College of Biosciences confers the first master of science in biomedical sciences degrees to 17 students.
    The Center for Clinical Competence opens, providing the first center in the region dedicated to human patient simulator and standardized patient programs.

    2007

    KCUMB launches a dual-degree program offering students the opportunity to earn a doctor of osteopathic medicine and a master of arts in bioethics.
    The University officially opens Weaver Auditorium, a 1,500-seat auditorium named in honor of Jack T. Weaver, D.O., Mary Weaver, Howard D. Weaver, D.O., and Debra S. Albers, D.O.
    The Kesselheim Center for Clinical Competence is named in honor of Howard I. Kesselheim, D.O., and his wife, Tina S. Kesselheim.

    2008

    KCUMB expands its bioethics degree offerings to include a one-year track and a part-time professional studies program for working adults.
    KCUMB relocates its primary care office, KCUMB Physician Associates, on the campus of St. Joseph's Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.

    2009

    The College of Biosciences confers the first masters of art in bioethics degrees to 24 students. KCUMB breaks ground on three new construction projects: a campus park and garden, the D'Angelo Library and a new student activities center.

    2010

    H. Danny Weaver, D.O., becomes the University's 12th president.

    2011

    KCUMB celebrated the opening of two new campus facilities that would dramatically improve students' experiences, the Student Activities Center and the D'Angelo Library. KCUMB inaugurated H. Danny Weaver, D.O., as 12th president during an investiture ceremony on Sept. 22, 2011. 
    The Community Garden and Park opens, offering a park-like setting for employees and students to participate in collective gardening and harvest produce to donate to local charity initiatives.

    2012

    The cities of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., respond to a request by KCUMB and issue a mayoral proclamation of Osteopathic Medicine Week during April 15-21.
    Score 1 for Health is officially incorporated into KCUMB and celebrates its 20th anniversary of providing free health screenings to urban schools in the Kansas City area.

    2013

    Marshall Walker, D.O., is named as KCUMB's 13th president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The position is an interim one, until a national search for a permanent president is completed.

    KCUMB begins the process of integrating tablet technology into the curriculum to increase sustainability efforts and provide students with a technological edge. As part of the effort, the University distributes Apple iPads and iPad minis to faculty and students.

    Marc B. Hahn, D.O., FAOCA, is named as KCUMB's 14th president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2013.

    KCUMB unveils its Campus Master Plan, designed to identify facilities needs for the next 10 years. The aggressive plan includes remodeling some existing facilities and adding new buildings to the campus.

    KCUMB partners with the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Missouri’s first Federally Qualified Health Center, to improve access to medical care in the Northeast Neighborhood they both call home. KCUMB’s faculty physicians join SURHC’s existing staff in October. In addition, the University announces partnerships with the KC Care Clinic, the largest historically free clinic in the United States, and Research Medical Center’s Goppert-Trinity Family Care Center.

    2014

    Officials announce the addition of a military track to the College of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum, making KCUMB only the third medical school in the United States to offer specialized training for military students.

    On May 17, KCUMB celebrates the 10,000th graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    In July, KCUMB celebrates the opening of the new Academic Center. The Academic Center, which sits adjacent to both the D’Angelo Library and the Student Activities Center, houses two large lecture halls, as well as breakout rooms for smaller study groups. By renovating the former Weaver Auditorium space, the Academic Center cost KCUMB approximately half of what a newly constructed building would have.

    In the fall, KCUMB closes the historic Administration Building for renovations. Built in 1916 as the original Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Administration Building was last renovated in the early 1970s and requires significant improvements to meet the needs of a state-of-the-art institution of higher education. In addition, a new Welcome Center will be added to the north side of the building, creating an inviting entry point for students, alumni and other guests.

    KCUMB receives a $1 million gift from the estate of the late William Geb, D.O. (COM ’50), one of the largest gifts in the University’s history.