(Kansas City, Mo. – 10/20/2020) – Kansas City University president and CEO Marc B. Hahn, DO, has written a compelling commentary published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association regarding the tragic consequences of putting partisan politics ahead of public health titled “The battle between politics and science is costing us a timely victory over the pandemic.”
“The U.S. is now suffering from a crushing resurgence of the coronavirus with the daily number of COVID-19 new cases and deaths escalating across the country,” Hahn notes. In his manuscript, Hahn compares and contrasts the “ideologies, interests and agendas” that are part of politics with the independent and evolving nature of science that questions belief systems and is open to new and different conclusions.
“It didn’t have to be this way,” Hahn writes. He emphasizes the need for osteopathic medicine to stand with science as the world seeks to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
About Kansas City University
Kansas City University, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private health sciences university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the eighth largest medical school in the nation and the leading producer of physicians for the State of Missouri. KCU opened a second medical school campus in Joplin, Mo. in 2017 to help address the growing need for physicians in the regions’ rural communities. The University offers numerous graduate degrees to include a doctoral program in clinical psychology started in 2017 to meet the growing demand for behavioral health providers in the region. Groundbreaking for a College of Dental Medicine in Joplin, Mo. is scheduled to take place in 2021.