Marc B. Hahn, DO, FAOCA, President and CEO

Marc B. Hahn, DO, FAOCA

Dr. Marc B. Hahn became the 14th president and chief executive officer of Kansas City University (KCU) in 2013, after briefly serving as KCU’s executive vice president for academic and medical affairs, provost and dean. KCU is home to the largest medical school in the Midwest and the fifth-largest medical school in the nation. The University is a key educator of physicians, health professionals and scientists for both Missouri and Kansas and identified as the 9th most impactful medical school in the US for primary care. Dr. Hahn has built a team that is responsible for the expansion of KCU on two campuses strategically located in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, to address the growing needs of both urban and rural underserved populations with two medical school sites, a growing graduate school and a new dental school.

He came to KCU from the University of New England where he served as senior vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2009-2012. Previously, Dr. Hahn served as senior vice president for health affairs and dean at the University of North Texas Health Science Center from 2001-2009. He also served from 1995-2001 as the chief of the Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Division and professor of anesthesiology at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. During that time (1998-99) he was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow (RWJHPF), and in that capacity, served as a health policy advisor to the US Senate Committee on Finance. In 2022, the RWJHPF program recognized Dr. Hahn with their Lifetime Achievement Award. 

His career in anesthesiology began at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC where he served as chief of pain management services and as a faculty member for the Uniformed Services University. While in the military, Dr. Hahn served as anesthesiologist for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. A graduate of Syracuse University with a bachelor of science degree in biology, Dr. Hahn earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University. He completed residency training at Walter Reed and fellowship training at both the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

Throughout the years, Dr. Hahn has held leadership positions on numerous committees for various commissions, agencies and organizations, including president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, chair of the Board of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and co-chair for the Blue-Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education. Special appointments include: site inspector for medical school accreditation; appointment to a key Medicaid Advisory Panel by the Governor of Texas, and member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Planning Committee for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Hahn has recently served as a member or board director for the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Development Council, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and MRI Global.

Recent Blog Posts By Marc B. Hahn, DO, FAOCA, President and CEO

October 2019: From the Desk of the President

By Marc B. Hahn, DO, FAOCA, President and CEO Oct 30, 2019

In October's newsletter, Dr. Hahn shares about KCU's 2019 Homecoming and Update in Medicine CME, the KCU Scholarship Match, the AOA-OMED cruise ship reception, successes in fundraising for the KCU College of Dental Medicine, Score 1, alumni Dr. Karen Nichols news, a KCUR interview about the need for mental health professionals of color, a student article published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, the Joplin Health Fair, and KCU's recognition as a top employer in higher education.

KCU Stands Together During Difficult Times

By Marc B. Hahn, DO, FAOCA, President and CEO Aug 5, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I reach out to our campus community today. We once again find ourselves mourning further loss of life from escalating gun...

June 2019: From the Desk of the President

By Marc B. Hahn, DO, FAOCA, President and CEO Jun 29, 2019

In this month's newsletter, Dr. Hahn shares plans about the new College of Dental Medicine at the KCU-Joplin campus, KCU graduation records, KCU-COM's acquired COCA accreditation status, Dr. Zac Fulton's recovery and medical school journey, congressional members' KCU visit, honors for Carol Krilia, DO, KCU's scholarship matching fund and more.