Rockhurst College,  BS: Chemistry and Psychology
UMKC, two years full time toward M.A., Psychology, 1969 to 1971
University of Missouri Kansas City – 1971-1975
Baptist Medical Center – 1975 to 1978, Family Medicine.
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
Certificate of Added Qualifications, Geriatrics
I am a hometown boy. I was born, raised, educated and always
lived in Kansas City.
As a former graduate of the Baptist FP Residency, I mentored
under Jack Stelmach,
M.D., founder of the program and past president of the AAFP and
I have maintained an active clinical practice at the Residency
along with my faculty role.
In 1993 Dr. Stelmach retired and
I became the Program Director until
I stepped down from that role in March 2006. I am now 50% time
Program with clinical interests in Geriatrics, medical ethics,
and office procedures.
I have been married since 1968 to my wife Jane, a
formerProfessor of OT at Rockhurst University and now doing part
time cancer rehab.
Martin and Anne, our two children are grown and gone and I have
one wonderful grandson.
Professionally, what I most enjoy is teaching residents and
seeing my patients-most of whom are now elderly.
I am a devotee of healthcare reform and active in medical
politics and lecture on related topics.
I also enjoy gardening, a variety of outdooractivities (biking,
walking, skiing and boating).
I like fixing things around my house (usually) and working on
my 1957 Cadillac convertible.
Finally, I love being a physician. I believe that patient care
and medical education is so
important it must be done very well. I am proud to be a part of
professional and personal growth that occurs during a
resident's time with us.
I have been at the Residency my entire professional life, not
out of apathy but
rather because RMCFMR is both a challenging and supportive place
Our greatest strength is our genuine concern for each other. We
like a family. I look forward to the challenges and joys of the
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, UMKC
Past President, Southwest Clinical Society (&member)
Past President, Metropolitan Medical Society Kansas
Past President, Missouri Academy of Family Physicians (&member)
Past President, Baptist Med Ctr Med Staff
Board of Dir., Research Med Ctr and Baptist Med CtrMed Dtrtaff
American Geriatrics Society, member
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, member 1978-
Research Med Center Medical Staff, member (current), Ethics
Board of Directors, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City,2000-
Rockhurst University Health Director, 1999-2010
Audio Tape Associate Editor, Home Study Series for AAFP, 10
Research College of Nursing, Board of Directors, 2004-2008
Rockhurst University: Board of Regents 2000-11; Leadership
Medical Political Activities:
Past Alternate Delegate (MSMA) to House of Delegates,AMA
Delegate to Medical Schools Section and to Organized Medical
Staff Section, AMA 1990 to –Alternate, then Delegate to AAFP's
congress of Delegates, 2009 to present
Over 100 local and national invited presentations
(Geriatrics, Medical Ethics, Healthcare Delivery/Reform,.)
Awards and Recognitions:
Herb Virden, M.D. Distinguished Physician Award, Baptist Medical
Ingram's magazine "Top Doctor" Award 1999 (first year of annual
Kansas City Super Doctors 2009-present
Humanitarian Award, BMC Medical Staff, 1991
Metro Med KC "Lifetime Achievement Award”, 2013