KCU News

From Athlete to Physician: The Inspiring journey of Joey Peters, PhD

By Kris Nichols Aug 30, 2023

When Joey Peters arrived on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus in 2012, he was a competitive gymnast with aspirations of participating in the 2020 Olympic Games. Today, he’s a first-year student doctor at Kansas City University (KCU), a testament to his tenacity, resilience and adaptability.

KCU student returns after helping Maui wildfire victims

By Elizabeth Alex Aug 29, 2023

You might think a medical student, miles from her home in Maui would feel helpless as she watched videos of her home island on fire. But “helpless” is not a word that would describe Kenya Sherman. Not by a long shot.

KCU College of Dental Medicine celebrates first White Coating Ceremony

Aug 29, 2023

The inaugural class of Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine received their white coats in Joplin, Missouri on August 19th, 2023.

Kansas City University students take part in We Care Day

By KODE 12 Aug 29, 2023

First-year students, along with faculty and staff, took part in WE CARE Day—KCU’s annual day of community service. Students chose from a variety of service projects at 44 different charities and community-centered resources throughout the Joplin and Kansas City areas.

Preparing for back-to-school season

By WDAF Aug 25, 2023

It’s back-to-school time already! KCU’s Dr. Gautam Desai, professor and chair of Primary Care talks about the best ways parents can help get kids ready.

Kansas City University recognized for “groundbreaking” pancreatic cancer research

By Elizabeth Alex Aug 24, 2023

Kansas City University (KCU) Associate Professor Ehab Sarsour, MSc, PhD, and student-researchers have discovered a new and promising avenue for treating pancreatic cancer by treating the tumor microenvironment by repurposing a drug designed for hyperlipidemia.

White coating ceremony takes place for inaugural class of dental students

By Haley Reardon Aug 22, 2023

The inaugural class of Kansas City University’s College of Dental Medicine (KCU-CDM) at the Farber-McIntire Campus in Joplin formally marked the beginning of their educational journey toward becoming dentists with a white coating ceremony on Saturday, August 18, 2023, at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center.

KCU celebrates pinning of COB classes of 2024 and 2025

By Haley Reardon Aug 21, 2023

Kansas City University (KCU) celebrated students entering the College of Biosciences (COB) with a pinning ceremony August 12, 2023.

Climate change is making rare diseases in the U.S. more common, Kansas City University doctors say

Aug 18, 2023

July 2023 marked the hottest month on record. As climate conditions worsen and extreme weather events spread across the globe, so do uncommon diseases. Health experts warn of the health consequences of not addressing climate change.

KCU student doctor collects medical supplies to help wildfire victims in Maui

Aug 18, 2023

Kenya Sherman is a medical student in KCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and a proud native of Maui. The tragic wildfires in her hometown inspired Kenya to collect crucial medical supplies, which she will personally deliver to a medical facility on the island.

The benefits of dental sealants and why you may need them

By KSNF Aug 16, 2023

Regular brushing and flossing provide the best defense against cavities; but the nooks and crannies of back teeth can be difficult to clean. Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting tooth enamel from bacteria that can cause decay—especially during cavity-prone years. KCU’s Dr. Linda Niessen explains.

KCU faculty and student doctors take part in American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference

By Kris Nichols Aug 15, 2023

Medical students and resident physicians alike were immersed in a unique environment of networking and learning opportunities where they drew inspiration from accomplished speakers and could actively participate in workshops.