K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
Vice Chair of Family Medicine & Community Health
Nason Family Endowed Professor
Research Division Director
MD: University of Kansas School of Medicine
MPH: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Publications: K. Allen Greiner
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K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City, Kansas. He directs the department's Research Division and has a secondary appointment and teaches in the M.P.H and M.S. in Clinical Research Programs in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He completed an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Brown University and medical school and a Family Medicine residency at the University of Kansas. In 2000, he completed a Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of Kansas and a Masters in Public Health degree.
He is a practicing family physician and is the Medical Officer for the Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Department. He was an inaugural member of the KUMC Gold Humanism Honor Society and previously received a KU Kemper Fellowship Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2012 KUMC School of Medicine Early Career Achievement Award, the 2014 University Scholarly Achievement Award, and the School of Medicine 2018 Bohan Teaching Professorship Award. Since 2002 he has been one of two primary faculty advisors to the Jaydoc Free Clinic, a medical student run clinic for the uninsured in Kansas City. He directs the Kansas Patients and Providers Engaged in Prevention Research (KPPEPR) Network. This primary care practice-based research network serves as an important research laboratory for health studies and projects in rural and urban safety-net clinics across the state of Kansas. Over the last decade the KPPEPR Network has been the primary recruitment setting for four separate National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 intervention studies and an ongoing multi-year comparative effectiveness trial of weight loss strategies in rural Primary care (PCORI funded, C. Befort, PI). Dr. Greiner is Principal Investigator on a NIH National Cancer Institute funded R01 study evaluating the impact of multiple doses of implementation intentions interventions on colorectal cancer screening in urban safety-net clinics. In August 2017, he completed work after seven years of funding on an NIH U54 award supporting the Kansas Community Cancer Disparities Network. This Community Networks Program Center grant from the National Cancer Institute worked with Latinos and American Indians across the state and was one of 23 cancer health disparities centers across the US. For the past seven years, he has directed or co-directed the community engagement program for Frontiers, KUMC's Clinical Translational Science Institute. Through this program he leads efforts to expand community-based research and to assure a strong infrastructure and community input into KUMC's bioscience activities. He is well versed in community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods and has worked to merge health services and access to care enhancements into his various research programs. He has received federal and foundation grant support to study health information technology, health disparities, chronic disease management, health literacy, and patient health risk behaviors in rural and urban underserved community settings. Since assuming directorship of the Research Division in Family Medicine 11 years ago, he has overseen growth from a total of three faculty to a current 25 faculty, staff and fellows. Dr. Greiner's future plans include policy work and pursuit of funding for multilevel research in cancer control and prevention, health behaviors, and the social determinants of health.