Strategic Plans

aerial view of KUMC campusWe are privileged to be one of this country's fastest-rising academic medical centers. However, to sustain and enhance the University of Kansas Medical Center for the years ahead, we have an obligation to critically assess the role that we can play in the future of health care professional education, clinical care and research, and our impact on improving the health of our region, state, country and world.

That's why we have embarked on a strategic planning effort. University of Kansas Provost Jeffrey S. Vitter is leading a strategic planning effort on the Lawrence campus. On our campus, the School of Medicine will integrate its strategic plan with the recently completed plan for the School of Nursing and the planning process currently under way for the School of Health Professions. Our goal is to deliver a unified action plan charting our ambitious collective future to KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little by the summer of 2011.

The process will only be a success with the involvement of the entire KUMC community - faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We will be sharing information and soliciting ideas from all of you.

Everyone can participate at any time by sending thoughts and ideas to To spearhead the effort, I have appointed interdisciplinary subcommittees in each of our four missions: education, research, patient care and service. Below are links to those committees, whose members are eager to hear your ideas. Many of these committee members will attend a three-day retreat from February 6-8 to help us focus the direction of our planning effort (this event will include presentations by national speakers, which we'll record for podcasts so that everyone can access them). Approximately three weeks after that retreat, many of us will meet again to draft an overall plan for the School of Medicine. During March and April, we be communicating the draft plan and asking you for your feedback on it.

KU Medical Center has seen unprecedented growth in the last decade, expanding our education, research and clinical initiatives. At the same time, steadily declining state support and federal health reform require us to engage in a process through which we will confirm our core values, goals, and priorities. Although it will be time-consuming, I am energized by the task before us. If ever there was an ideal time for strategic planning, it is now.

KUMC Strategic Map

University of Kansas Medical Center Strategic Map
Provide Leadership to Shape the Future of Health and Health Care.

KU SOM Strategic Map

University of Kansas School of Medicine Strategic Map
Lead with Vision, Focus and Innovation in a New Era for Medicine

KU SON Strategic Map

University of Kansas School of Nursing Strategic Map
Educate students for diverse and changing roles as clinicians, educators, researchers and leaders

KU SOAH Strategic Map

University of Kansas School of Health Professions Strategic Map
To serve the citizens of Kansas, the region, the nation and to develop tomorrow's leaders in the health professions through exemplary education, research, and service

KU SOPH Strategic Map

University of Kansas School of Public Health Strategic Map
Create an accredited school to advance and accelerate Public Health improvement

  • View the University of Kansas School of Public Health Strategic Map
learn lead

Energizing the Educational Environment
Committee led by Heidi Chumley, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education


Driving Discovery and Innovation
Committee led by Paul Terranova, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research


Clinical Affairs
Committee led by Doug Girod, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

public service

Engaging Scholarship with Public Service
Committee led by David Cook, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Outreach

Last modified: Oct 14, 2014