Michael Kennedy, MD, FAAFP
• Associate Dean for Rural Health Education
• Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
• Co-Director, Murphy Society
• Associate Professor of Family Medicine
• McCann Professor for Rural Health
Office: 1130 Delp
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160
Dr. Michael Kennedy joined the University of Kansas Medical Center faculty in 2002 and in 2005 was appointed assistant dean for Rural Health Education and was the inaugural recipient of the McCann Professorship in Rural Health. He was promoted to associate dean in 2008.
Dr. Kennedy has been involved in education at all levels of medical school, from presenting lectures to precepting students and residents in clinics and on the wards. He was heavily involved in the development of the School of Medicine–Salina. He is regularly involved in rural pipeline programs at KUMC including: Scholars in Rural Health, Pre-matriculation Program, Interviews for applicants, Pre-Med Program, and Primary Care Workshop. Most recently he was named the medical director for the new Institute for Outreach and Community Engagement at KUMC. He serves as the course director for the Rural Preceptorship in Kansas City, which is is one of the longest running, required rural preceptorships in the country.
He was in rural private practice for nine years in Burlington, Kansas. During that time he precepted many students in his practice.
Dr. Kennedy is very active at the state and national level on issues concerning rural health policy and workforce development. He has served in several leadership roles in the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP). He is the senior co-chair of the Rural Medical Educators Group of the National Rural Health Association and is a founding member of the Kansas Rural Health Association and the Kansas Primary Care Physicians Collaborative.
A Kansas native, Dr. Kennedy graduated in 1973 from Topeka High School and received his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University. He received his medical degree and served his residency at KU.