Alumni Impact

  • Improving the well-being of the communities we serve

    Alumni Maps - NationalKCUMB is the second-largest provider of physicians in Missouri and Kansas, with 70 percent of alumni practicing in primary care specialties and 40 percent in rural areas in the regions.

    National Statistics | Graduate Practice Locations Total: 6,563
    According to data from the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD): 

    • 38 percent of KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni practice in a primary care HPSA (Health Professional Shortage Areas).
    • 14 percent practice in Missouri.
    • 72 percent practice in primary care specialty.
    • 33 percent practice in a rural area.
    • 26 percent practice in a medically under-served area/medically under-served population.

    Data Source: NCAHD's Enhanced State Licensure Data (2012); Rural designation is OMB's county/census tract; MUA/MUP and PC HPSA came from HRSA (2/2013)

    RRegional Impactegional Statistics | Graduate Practice Locations Total: 1,943 
    According to data from the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data: 

    • 30 percent of KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni practice in the following regions: Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois and Oklahoma.
    • 52 percent practice in a primary care HPSA (Health Professional Shortage Areas).
    • 72 percent practice in primary care specialty.
    • 25 percent practice in a rural area.
    • 23 percent practice in a medically under-served area/medically under-served population.

    Data Source: NCAHD's Enhanced State Licensure Data (2012); Rural designation is OMB's county/census tract; MUA/MUP and PC HPSA came from HRSA (2/2013)

    Missouri ImpactMissouri Statistics | Graduates of Missouri Medical Schools
    Map represents KCUMB-COM Alumni (total: 949) and all other Missouri medical colleges combined (total: 3,877).
     
    According to data from the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data:

    • 63 percent of all D.O.s practice a primary care specialty.
    • 28 percent of all M.D.s practice a primary are specialty.
    • 40 percent of all in-state D.O.s graduated from KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine.
    • 72 percent of all KCUMB-COM alumni practice a primary care specialty.
    • 41 percent of all D.O.s practice in a rural area (represents 84% of D.O.s reporting medical school).

    Data Source: NCAHD's Enhanced State Licensure Data (2012); Rural designation is OMB's county/census track; HRSA's Medically Underserved (2/2013)

    Did you know? Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) have treated U.S. presidents and Olympic athletes, contributed to the fight against AIDS and the civil rights movement, and often serve on national health-care panels. Here are just a few noteworthy and f

    Did you know? Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) have treated U.S. presidents and Olympic athletes, contributed to the fight against AIDS and the civil rights movement, and often serve on national health-care panels. Here are just a few noteworthy and famous KCUMB alumni:

    Noteworthy KCUMB Alumni

    • Joel Weisman, D.O. (COM ’70), noticed a pattern of illnesses in 1980, while working as a general practitioner in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Dr. Weisman treated three very sick patients, all homosexual men, with the same array of symptoms that seemed to relate to their immune systems. He referred two of the patients to a colleague at UCLA, eventually earning credit as one of the first physicians to discover AIDS.
    • Harry J. Walter, D.O. (COM ’65), was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force on July 14, 1966, becoming the first D.O. in the military. Prior to his commissioning, the Medical Corps of the U.S. military had refused to commission osteopathic physicians into its ranks for more than six decades. Dr. Walter opened the door for thousands of osteopathic physicians to serve their country over the years since.
    • Earl Haas, D.O. (COM ’18), inventor of tampons, who later sold his trademark design to the founder of Tampax
    • Leonard Calabrese, D.O. (COM ’75), is credited with being one of the early pioneers of HIV research. Currently a physician at the famed Cleveland Clinic, he received a $3 million grant in 2010 to continue his research.
    • Ret. Col. Daniel K. Berry, D.O. (COM ’84), Ph.D., and his team developed the Remote Casualty Location and Assessment Device (RCLAD), which was used in attempts to locate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He also invented the Patient Support Pallet (PSP), which is used to transport wounded soldiers, including Pvt. Jessica Lynch, who was held captive in 2003 as a prisoner of war in Iraq.
    • Kimberly A. Parks, D.O. (COM ’01), a heart transplant cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, was prominently featured in the 2010 ABC documentary "Boston Med."
    • Reef Karim, D.O. (COM ’96), has served as a medical expert for many movies and TV shows, such as "The Bourne Identity," "Lords of Dogtown," "Alias," "Private Practice," and "Pasadena." He is also a medical expert for "The Today Show," "Larry King Live," CNN and NBC, and appeared on "Oprah." He is the founder and director of the Beverly Hills Center for Self Control and Lifestyle Addictions.