• KCU announced on March 25, 2022, the establishment of the J. Mike Stanton, DO (COM '77), FAOCA Endowed Professorship in Medical Simulation, the first endowed professorship in the history of the University. Stanton graduated from KCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977 and credits the University for much of his success as an osteopathic physician and anesthesiologist.


  • Dale Bratzler, DO (COM '81) served as the keynote speaker at The Journal Record’s (OK) Health Care Heroes event on March 22, 2022.


  • Concussion: Traumatic Brain Injury from Head to Tail, a book by Kester J. Nedd, DO (COM '83), was featured in the 2022 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.


  • Denise Bratcher, DO (COM '86) was invested as the Dr. Sidney F. Pakula Endowed Chair in Graduate Medical Education at Children’s Mercy at the 2022 Investiture ceremony on April 13, 2022.


Ron Holt, DO (COM '93) graduated in May 2022 with a master’s degree in sexuality from San Francisco State University

Effective June 1, 2022, Sarah Hon, DO (COM '93) has been named vice president, Neurosciences Service Line with The University of Kansas Health System. According to The University of Kansas Health System, Dr. Hon will spend 50 percent of her time as vice president and 50 percent seeing patients. Hon is a clinical associate professor of Neurology at KU Medical Center, a position she has held since 2015. She also serves as chair of the Neurology Division of the Department of Specialty Medicine at Kansas City University. She will continue in this position after she joins The University of Kansas Health System. Dr. Hon also graduated from the Rockhurst University Executive MBA cohort in May 2022.

Drs. Hon and Holt, who are close lifelong friends from the COM Class of 1993, celebrated their respective master’s degree graduations in mid-May in Kansas City.


Shailesh Rajguru, DO (COM '95) was elected chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (AOBNP) in April 2022 at AOBNP’s annual election.


  • KCU was pleased to honor the achievements of Elisa E. Vinyard, DO (COM '00) with a proclamation on July 8, 2022, at Cameron Regional Medical Center.


  • Col. Scott M. Everson, DO (COM '04) was promoted to the Air Force Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) and assigned to the Office of the Surgeon General as a consultant for OEM. Additionally, Lt. Col. Everson was elected to the Board of Trustees for the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine for the 2022-2024 term.


  • Samuel G. Espiritu, DO (COM '08) was promoted to the rank of Navy Captain on August 1, 2022. He was recognized at a promotion ceremony on August 22, 2022, at Naval Hospital Bremerton, where he currently serves as the chief medical officer. Dr. Espiritu is a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain physician.


  • Brandi Morrison, DO (COM '09) spoke with WDAF-TV (MO) in May as a subject matter expert on how to best help children fall asleep

Cameron Smith, DO, CPE, FACMPE, FACOI, FACP (COM '09), joined KCU’s Kansas City campus in spring 2022 as associate professor of Primary Care. Effective July 1, 2022, Dr. Smith transitioned to the Curriculum and Integrated Learning Team, where he now serves as director of COM Student Success.


  • Lauren Neuman, DO, MBA (COM '17) was named the new medical director at the Johnson County Rehabilitation Hospital at Overland Park, in Overland Park, Kansas, which opened its doors in July 2022.


Kansas City Magazine 2022 Top Doctors

We are honored to share the list of KCU alumni who were chosen as Top Doctors in the January 2022 issue of Kansas City Magazine:

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Christopher R. Van Horn, DO (COM '96)

Family Medicine

Michael J. Ferguson, DO (COM '93)
James L. Miller, DO (COM '95)

Internal Medicine

Cory T. Carpenter, DO (COM '12)
Donald L. Cohen, DO (COM '78)
Micholee B. Polsak, DO (COM '08)

Medical Oncology

Joseph P. McGuirk, DO (COM '90)


David A. Lowry, DO (COM '96)
Kathryn L. Petelin, DO (COM '08)


Poonam Khanna, DO (COM '97)
(Dr. Khanna was also featured on the cover of the magazine.)

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