Michael Kennedy, MD, FAAFP
Office: 3019 Robinson
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160
Dr. Michael Kennedy joined the University of Kansas Medical Center faculty in 2002 in the Department of Family Medicine. In 2005 was selected as the inaugural recipient of the McCann Professorship in Rural Health and appointed assistant dean for Rural Health Education. He was promoted to associate dean for Rural Health Education in 2008 and named the Director of the Office of Rural Medical Education for the School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Rural Medical Education Network of six regions throughout the state. He is responsible for all medical student placements in rural education programs from the Kansas City campus.
Dr. Kennedy has been involved in education at all levels of medical school. He served as Course Director for M1 Clinical Skills and helped to develop the skills lab. During a curriculum revision the clinical skills course became a thread through the modules resulting in serving as a lecturer in almost every module and a PBL leader. He served as an assistant dean for Student Affairs and the Murphy Academic Society Director for approximately ten years. During the most recent curriculum transformation to the ACE Curriculum Dr. Kennedy has continued to serve as assistant dean in Student Affairs as the Director for the Major Society Learning Community. He has received the Student Voice Award for his clinical skills courses, is a Rainbow Award recipient and was named the Full-time Exemplary Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. He was honored to be named the "Outstanding Educator of the Year" by the National Rural Health Association in 2019.
He is well known for his work in rural medicine in Kansas. He was heavily involved in the development of the School of Medicine-Salina. He is regularly involved in rural pipeline programs at KUMC including: Pre-matriculation Program, Interviews for applicants, Pre-Med Program, and Primary Care Workshop. He currently serves as the Director for the Scholars in Rural Health, the Summer Training Option in Rural Medicine, the Rural Medicine Interest Group, the Rural Option in Clerkships, and serves as the course director for the Rural Preceptorship in Kansas City, which is the longest running, required rural preceptorship in the country.
Prior to returning to KU-SOM he was in rural private practice for nine years in Burlington, Kansas. Burlington is a town of about 2,800. Dr. Kennedy practiced "full-spectrum" family medicine including: in-patient and out-patient care, maternity care with c-sections, emergency room coverage, deputy coroner for Coffey County, nursing home director, and vice chief of staff for Coffey County Hospital. Since his return to Kansas City he has served on many University of Kansas Hospital committees and in 2019 was elected to the Board of Directors for the University of Kansas Physicians.
Dr. Kennedy is very active at the state and national level on issues concerning rural health policy and workforce development. He has served in the leadership track of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP), and served as President in 2007. He also served in the leadership of the Rural Medical Educators Group of the National Rural Health Association and is a founding member and President of the Kansas Rural Health Association. Raised in Kansas since infancy, Dr. Kennedy considers himself a Kansas native and graduated in 1973 from Topeka High School. He received his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University. He graduated from the Respiratory Therapy program at Washburn/KUMC in 1984. He received his medical degree and served his residency at KU in Kansas City. He is a proud recipient of the Kansas Medical Student Loan and the Bridging Program.