Alumni

KCU-COM alumnus Chris Paynter, DO, receives Family Physician of the Year Award

Feb 12, 2024

Congratulations to KCU Alumnus CHRIS PAYNTER, DO (COM ’12), of Jefferson City, Missouri, upon receiving the 2024 Family Physician of the Year Award by the Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (MSACOFP). 

A Legacy of Gratitude and Generosity: Strickland family endows scholarships to support KCU students

By Haley Reardon Jan 17, 2024

Dr. Strickland knows firsthand the value of investing in students and has a deep desire to pay forward the generosity he has received. He and his wife, Suzanne, recently funded two additional endowed scholarships bringing the total number of scholarships generously given to KCU to 34.

The art of gratitude and giving back

Nov 27, 2023

In life, after the bustle of raising children, the day-to-day of patient care and a few decades pass, you look back and feel proud of what you’ve achieved. For Kansas City University alumnus Michael Schrenko, DO (COM '74), this realization didn’t happen all at once, but over time.

Art Meets Medicine: The power of the pen

Nov 27, 2023

For Evany Zirul, DO (COM '79), MFA, her lifelong journey as a creative soul began with a sketchbook and a special pen. The future Dr. Zirul and her sketchbook were renowned for not only exacting, detailed notes, but also social commentary on the relevance of the material and often the teacher presenting it.

A journey of dedication

Nov 20, 2023

As the spirit of Giving Tuesday approaches, Steve Radinsky, DO (COM ’69), stands as a shining example of the dedication, service and generosity that defines the Kansas City University (KCU) community. His story is not only a testament to overcoming obstacles, but also a celebration of a lifetime dedicated to healing, service and giving back to the alma mater that shaped his remarkable career and life.

KCU alumna named AOF Lifetime Achievement Award winner; several other alumni honored

By Felicia Vaught Oct 12, 2023

Four Kansas City University (KCU) alumni were honored during the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) 2023 Honors Gala that took place October 6, 2023, at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) Osteopathic Medical Education Conference. 

Detecting breast cancer early

Oct 11, 2023

Breast surgeon and breast cancer survivor, Deepa Halaharvi, DO (COM '08), speaks on the importance of early detection as October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

What should you know when detecting ovarian cancer?

Sep 14, 2023

Ovarian cancer can cause many symptoms that range from abdominal pain to fatigue. KCU alumna, Kathy Lafavor, DO (COM '06), speaks on the importance of early detection of ovarian cancer. 

First in Fellowship

By Haley Reardon Sep 1, 2023

Jessica Bass, DO, knew she wanted to become a physician scientist, but she never imagined she would become the first osteopathic physician to secure one of the most prestigious fellowships in the nation.

KCU's vice president of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations receives esteemed Bernard Powell Award

By Haley Reardon Aug 1, 2023

KCU congratulates Jennifer Ingraham, vice president of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, as the 2023 recipient of the esteemed Bernard Powell Award. The award is given annually to an alumnus or alumna of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions program, and is chosen by past award winners.

Study: Some children born in early days of COVID showing gaps in communication skills

By WDAF Jul 25, 2023

KCU alumna, Kristen Anderson, DO (COM '17) speaks on why some children are experiencing gaps in their communication skills. Dr. Anderson suggests that parents read, sing and speak to their children to help develop these skills.

KCU alumnus establishes first scholarship specifically for LGBTQ+ students

By Felicia Vaught Jun 20, 2023

“Many marginalized and disenfranchised groups are overlooked within medicine, hence the importance of a scholarship recognizing and embracing the sexual and gender diversity within our student body. Acknowledging a deserving student for their LGBTQ+ advocacy nourishes my soul,” Ron Holt II, DO (COM ’93) explained.