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Emphasizing the importance of continuity of patient care, including pre-operative patient assessment, participation in the operating room, post-operative rounds and management, and follow-up clinical care
The KCU Department of Surgery, including full-time surgery faculty and adjunct osteopathic and allopathic surgical faculty, provides a broad spectrum of didactic classroom lectures and clinical opportunities for College of Osteopathic Medicine students.
The department facilitates early clinical opportunities for first- and second-year students, allowing them to become accustomed to working in an operating room environment. Through students’ monthlong clinical rotations during their third and fourth years, faculty members emphasize the importance of continuity of patient care, including pre-operative patient assessment, participation in the operating room, post-operative rounds and management, and follow-up clinical care. Clinical rotations are readily available in both orthopedic surgery and general surgery at sites throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and across the country.
For those with a substantial interest in pursuing a surgical career, the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association at KCU provides additional post-graduate and networking opportunities.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
John R. Alley, Jr., MD, is an active researcher investigating human protein cloning, blunt chest trauma during motor vehicle crashes, ventilator associated pneumonia prevention and dome-down laparoscopic cholecystectomy in an academic medical setting. He has also presented on various topics related to morbidity and mortality at numerous conferences.Dr. Alley joined the KCU staff as an assistant professor of surgery in July 2007. He graduated from University of Kansas School of Medicine in May 2002, where he subsequently completed a general surgery residency in 2007. He earned a bachelor of science in biology from Pittsburg State University in 1998.Honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2001, Dr. Alley served 10 years as a combat medical specialist, achieving the rank of corporal. He is an active member in the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the American Medical Association, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the Kansas Medical Society. Dr. Alley also belongs to the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and the Murphy Society.
Chair, Professor of Surgery | Download CV (PDF)
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