Stephen Salanski, M.D.

Program Director

Faculty Physician



Background:  I did my residency from 1983 to 1986 at what was then the Baptist Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program in Kansas City, Missouri.  I then spent 12 years as a family physician in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City), before rejoining the residency “family” in 1999.  I served as Associate Director for four years before becoming the Program Director in March of 2006.  I grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri.  My undergraduate degree was from the University of Kansas.  I graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine – but I am still a Jayhawk through and through.


Professional Activities:  I have many special interests in medicine.  I have developed several quality improvement projects, mainly in the areas of chronic illness care such as diabetes and asthma.  I have taught ACLS for over 30 years and periodically review code blues with the residents.  I have also done additional training in “End of Life Care” as well as Medical Ethics.


I currently serve on the Medical Executive Committee, Bylaws Committee (Chair), Code Blue Committee, IT Committee, and Patient Safety Committee at Research Medical Center.  Previously I served as President of the Medical Staff at Baptist Lutheran Medical Center for two years and as chair of several committees including Ethics and Peer Review.


Community Involvement:  I have served for more than 10 years as co-chair of the Center for Practical Bioethics Ethics Committee Consortium, which includes representatives of ethics committees from most Kansas City area hospitals.  I have been co-chair of the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium (KCQIC) which has written several chronic illness guidelines for use throughout the Kansas City medical community.  KCQIC developed a number of community-wide QI projects funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and CMS.  I also co-chair the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board.  Back in 2006 I co-chaired a grass roots committee “Vote Yes Clean Air Lee’s Summit” which placed a clean indoor air ordinance on the ballot that November.  The ordinance passed with a 71% -majority making Lee’s Summit one of the first smoke-free communities in the KC Metro Region.


I am currently the President of the Kansas City Medical Society for 2016.  I also serve on the Board of the Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation – which oversees the Kansas City Medicine Cabinet program that provides emergency medical funding assistance to underserved individuals in the KC Metro area.


Personal Information:  My life outside of medicine revolves around my family.  Phyllis and I have been married for 35 years (not to mention the 9 years we dated before that starting in high school).  Phyllis is a Cardiac Rehab nurse.  Our son Doug is married to Jill (who is a School Counselor).  They have a daughter, Harper, born in October 2014.  Doug received a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri – but he currently works in the Lee’s Summit School District as a Student Behavior Coach and as a Building Intruder Safety Trainer.  He also works as a baseball umpire around the Kansas City area.  Kristin, our daughter, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Music Education degree.  She teaches elementary music in the Lee’s Summit School District.  She also directs the Children’s Choir at our church.  Kristin is married to Jonathan Chandler, who is now a medical student at KCU.  They have twins Olivia and Samuel, born in April 2015.  Needless to say, adding three grandchildren within six months time has totally changes our lives!


All of our family are huge Jayhawk fans (especially during basketball season).  We truly enjoyed celebrating the KC Royals 2015 World Series Championship (attending all the post season home games), as well as rooting on the Chiefs.  Our whole family is very active in our church, where I am currently the Chair of the Board of Directors, serve as an Elder, and sing in the Chancel Choir (along with Phyllis, Doug, Kristin and Jonathan).  In my spare time I enjoy reading military history, working out, and playing golf.