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.


    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.


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


    2105 Independence Avenue becomes the school's address.


    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.


    Johnston Hall Science Building is dedicated.


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


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


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


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


    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.


    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.


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


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


    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.


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


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


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


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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., 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.