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Chief Residents

Mejalli Al-Kofahi, M.D.

Originally from a Middle Eastern gem called Jordan where I was born and raised in the northern city of Irbid. I studied 3 years of medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) before migrating here to be with my family. Owing to differences in medical education systems, I transferred from JUST to Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas where I studied molecular biology and biochemistry in the background of enriching liberal arts. Then, I was accepted at KU school of medicine where I was able to expand my teaching and research abilities with incorporating my love of technology as a twist. One of my proudest projects during that time was helping transition our KU cadaver labs to electronic manuals with walkthrough videos. My family and I really loved Kansas from the start as it reminded us of home with its mid-western hospitality and hot summers! And I loved KU even more as I had the sense of belonging to a big family of people that cared about my wellbeing and career advancement. So really, staying here for residency was a no brainer! (Rock Chalk) My one liner outside of medicine is that I am a 30-year-old long winded quirky male who loves cooking, traveling, playing cards and video games and going on long hikes with his wife and 4-year-old daughter. I am super excited to study, implement and teach QI while learning from outstanding residents as I embark on my chief residency in quality and patient safety. My ultimate plan is to pursue a career in academic cardiology.

Jill Hampton, M.D.

Grant Kirby, M.D.

I was born in a small town called Magnolia, Arkansas, however, my family quickly moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I spent my formative years. I attended the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) in Norman, Oklahoma, where I studied biology, zoology, and psychology. I worked in various research labs studying molecular biology and neurophysiology whilst obtaining my undergraduate education. I was also employed as a tutor through the biology department, where I gained a passion for teaching and mentoring. In 2013, I was accepted to the University of Oklahoma Medical School in Oklahoma City. While in medical school, I was involved in student leadership and again worked in various research labs. My wife and I moved to Kansas City in 2017 so that I could begin training in Internal Medicine here at the University of Kansas Health Science Center. My interests remain in research and teaching. I plan to pursue a fellowship in Nephrology in the coming years and hope to become faculty at an academic medical center.

Katie Lester, M.D.

I grew up in Lincoln, NE and was born a Husker fan (Go Big Red!). I received my bachelor's degree (Mathematics) from Creighton University (Go Bluejays!) and went on to complete medical school there as well. In between undergrad and medical school, I spent time doing research and working as a pharmacy technician. I was so fortunate and excited to match at KU for residency! When I interviewed here, I felt like part of a family. And during residency I found that I was a member of a strong community, not only between the residents but also the patients, faculty, and staff. KU provides their residents with many learning and research experiences. I look forward to being part of the team in a Chief Resident position and to have the opportunity to share new learning experiences with our exceptional residents! After Chief Resident year, I plan on pursuing a hospitalist position with the goal of transitioning to academic medicine in the future.

Kyle Myers, D.O.

I grew up in the small town of Warrensburg, Missouri as a farm kid. I then attended college at Drury University in Springfield, MO (with really good DII sports!), followed by two years at the University of Missouri-Columbia completing my Masters in Healthcare Administration and ultimately medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB). I can certainly say I've done the Tour de Missouri! As a medical student, I was able to do elective rotations at KU, and I was quickly impressed by the competency and character of the residents I worked with. I felt that if I were to train at KU, I would become a part of an enriching residency family and experience clinical training that would truly set the framework to become a competent internist - and that's exactly what happened. I'm excited to serve as one of the Chiefs this year, especially in the sense of giving back to a program that has helped shape the physician I am today. After Chief year, I plan to pursue endocrinology fellowship and continue work in an academic setting. We're truly proud of our program and we hope to see you on interview day!

Last modified: Jul 09, 2020
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