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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences boasts an outstanding, accessible faculty of practicing physicians and doctoral-level instructors who understand the rigors and rewards of a quality medical education.

Developing the next generation of physicians and researchers demands an unflagging commitment to high-quality programs, setting the standard for excellence.

President's Message
Welcome to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

As an alumnus of the University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, it is a great honor to serve as president and CEO of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine has been a Kansas City institution since 1916 and has conferred degrees on more than 7,000 physicians throughout the country. In addition, KCUMB's College of Biosciences continues to develop programs that meet previously unfulfilled needs in the region.

Most importantly, KCUMB is a vibrant community of educators, researchers and staff - all with a singular purpose - to provide students with the highest quality educational programs to achieve their dreams of becoming physicians, ethicists and scientists.

We invite you to learn more about KCUMB through this web site and hope that you will have an opportunity to visit in person sometime in the future.

Presidential Investiture
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences inaugurated H. Danny Weaver, D.O., as its 12th president during an investiture ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in Weaver Auditorium on the KCUMB campus.

The KCUMB Board of Trustees voted in September 2010 to appoint Dr. Weaver as the president and chief executive officer. A 1984 KCUMB graduate, Dr. Weaver had previously been named acting president and chief executive officer in December 2009.

Prior to taking a leadership role at his alma mater, Dr. Weaver shared a busy medical practice in Orlando, Fla., with his wife, Debra Albers, D.O. (COM 86), whom he met during medical school at KCUMB. The pair practiced together for more than 23 years.

Dr. Weaver's late father, Jack Weaver, D.O., graduated from KCUMB in 1963 and the University has played an integral part of the younger Dr. Weaver's life ever since. Dr. Weaver also served KCUMB as a member of the Board of Trustees and was named its chairman after his father's passing in 2004.

Dr. Weaver is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and is board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Practitioners. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla.

Historical Highlights
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is home to the oldest medical school in Kansas City 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.

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.

Dissolution of the separate corporations of the Alumni Association and Foundation brings stronger organization structure to the University. 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.

For the first time, alumni giving surpasses the national average - 27 percent. 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 launches a Health Policy Institute to lead discussions of national, regional and local health policy issues. 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 the public phase of its second capital campaign, One Vision.

KCUMB launches a dual-degree program offering students the opportunity to earn a doctor of osteopathic medicine and a master of arts in bioethics.

KCUMB implements an aggressive quality enhancement program to measure and evaluate all aspects of the University.

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 embarks on a new quality enhancement program and receives its first site visit from examiners for the prestigious Missouri Quality Award.

KCUMB expands its bioethics degree offerings to include a one-year track and a part-time professional studies program for working adults.

KCUMB opens a new primary care office, KCUMB Physician Associates, on the campus of St. Joseph's Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The University names Darin L. Haug, D.O., as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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.

KCUMB's Board of Trustees initiates a leadership change, and H. Danny Weaver, D.O., chairman of the Board of Trustees, becomes acting president and chief executive officer.

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

KCUMB updated the University's mission, vision and values statements to reflect recommendations brought forward by the campus community.

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 announced the appointment of Joe Massman as chief financial officer.

KCUMB inaugurated H. Danny Weaver, D.O., as 12th president during an investiture ceremony on Sept. 22, 2011.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is a private university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and recognized by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education for the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The AOA is the official accrediting agency for osteopathic medicine approved by the United States Department of Education and by the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Degree Programs :


  • Master Degree
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Master of Arts in Bioethics

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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

More physicians graduate annually from KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine than from any other medical school in Missouri. Active in the Kansas City medical community since 1916, we are one of the oldest and largest of the nation's 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine.

We are known as a leader in osteopathic medical education, with an educational environment that emphasizes both academic excellence and the education of caring physicians who place their patients' needs above all else

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Address: 1750 East Independence Avenue  Kansas City, MO 64119, United States


(800) 234-4847

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