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Medical Education Leadership Team

Jane Broxterman, M.D.

Jane Broxterman, MDThe University of Kansas Hospital, Primary Care/Ambulatory Subspecialty Training, Chair - Clinical Competency Committee 

I am passionate about primary care and the longitudinal care of complex older adults in addition to preventive medicine. I greatly enjoy teaching residents both the science and the art of medicine, and I am thrilled to be an associate program director for our residents. Being part of our residency leadership team has brought me great joy in my academic career. Our program offers a variety of continuity clinic experiences at several locations that can be tailored to your professional goals and clinical interests. Our main site for continuity clinic is at our academic center, The University of Kansas Health System, general medicine clinic, which was awarded the highest level of certification of Patient Centered Medical Home designation. Our other highly educational sites for continuity include the Kansas City VA, and one private practice clinic site, both of which are PCMH certified as well. One of my main roles within the program is coordinating each resident's "+1" week, which encompasses continuity clinics, ambulatory subspecialty clinic experiences, didactics, self-study time, and wellness days. The subspecialty experiences can easily be tailored to meet your professional goals throughout training, allowing you a comprehensive, longitudinal curriculum. Given that 75% of ABIM content reflects care in the outpatient setting, we have a very robust ambulatory educational curriculum that is streamlined with our 3+1 rotational curriculum. I am confident that you will have an experience that will give you a solid fund of outpatient knowledge and management skills to complement your goal career path.

Marie Brubacher, M.D.

Marie Brubacher, MD

The University of Kansas HospitalQuality Improvement/Patient Safety, Global Health

I graduated from Yale School of Medicine working two years in Haiti at a preventive health clinic.  After completing medical school, I trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital, in internal medicine and completed a chief year at the Boston VA.  

My primary professional interests are engaging medical students and residents in the joys and challenges of practicing clinical medicine, tackling tough questions, and finding happiness in their professional and personal lives.  I joined KU in 2016 as a primary care physician.  I spend much of my time in the simulation community at KUMC, working with the Ziel Simulation Center designing the nation's first interprofessional longitudinal simulation curriculum for medical students and working on a simulation-based curriculum for internal medicine residents and hospital staff in Code Blue.  I additionally enjoy time developing our Population Health Pathway for internal medicine residents interested in global and community health.

My husband and I live in Prairie Village and are raising our three children here. We are proud to be a part of the University of Kansas Medical Center community that we believe provides excellence in clinical training that is routed in a collaborative and productive spirit!  We love our city, which is home to a friendly community, affordable living, an array of sports teams, cultural attractions and good eating!

Becky Lowry, M.D.

Becky Lowry, MDThe University of Kansas Hospital, Compliance and Programming

After completing a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and a chief resident role during this time, I had the opportunity to serve as a chief resident for the Department of Internal Medicine in 2007. This was a rewarding opportunity and confirmed my enjoyment of working with medical students and resident learners. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to serve as the clerkship director for the Internal Medicine sub-internships and then, since 2010, as an associate program director with the residency program. The opportunity to work with faculty and learners who are committed to both the exceptional care of complex adult patients and the lifelong learning associated with the practice of internal medicine has been an honor.

As you navigate the interview process, it is important to identify a program with a leadership team actively involved in resident advocacy as well as one that is affiliated with a hospital and ambulatory practice committed to outstanding patient care. The rare combination of excellence in both of these aspects is one of the things we work hard to maintain and are proud of here at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I am thrilled to be a part of our institution and look forward to meeting you during the upcoming interview season!

Laura Thomas, M.D.

Laura Thomas, M.D.

The University of Kansas Hospital, Curriculum and Simulation

I graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2009. After completing my Internal Medicine residency and tenure as a chief resident, I also completed Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship training at the University of Kansas Medical Center and joined the faculty here in 2016. My professional interests include general outpatient pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and medical education.

I have great interest in providing residents with more educational experiences outside the daily practice in the wards and clinic, which will help them to achieve a mastery of practicing Internal Medicine. We have been working to develop a simulation-based curriculum for the residents that includes procedural training, assessment of decompensating patients and interdisciplinary emergency team training. Our program has also been making changes to shift didactic conferences to more interactive sessions through development of workshops during +1 weeks and more faculty involvement in case conferences.

The residency program here at KU was an amazing place for me to train, as I made lifelong friends and learned from excellent physicians. I saw a large variety of patients and disease processes, which helped prepare me for my career.

My husband and I have three children. Kansas City is a wonderful home for our family: affordable, welcoming, and with plenty of things to do for fun.

Site Directors

Sonia Castillo-Vega, M.D.

  Kansas City VA Medical Center, Site Director; Pulmonary and Critical Care 

 I was born and raised in Nicaragua, a small but beautiful country in Central America. After completing medical school in my home country, I moved to       Kansas City in 2009 when my husband started his residency in OB/GYN. We fell in love with Kansas City. When I was accepted to the KU Internal   Medicine program, I had the opportunity to train in excellent academic conditions with a great sense of teamwork and camaraderie. I have been fortunate   to be a part of the KU family ever since. I became a Chief Resident after completing residency and then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical   Care. In July of 2019 I began my first year as an attending at the Kansas City VA Hospital. Ever since I was a resident, I have felt privileged and grateful   to serve our veterans, which is one of the things I enjoyed the most about my job. I also love working with residents and fellows. I enjoy teaching them and learning new things from them. I am passionate about pulmonary procedures (particularly endobronchial ultrasound and indwelling pleural catheters) and point-of-care ultrasound. My areas of interest are Interstitial Lung Diseases and Sarcoidosis. I am also a fortunate mom of beautiful twin daughters who are the light of my life and a proud wife of a great OB/GYN physician..

Core Faculty Advisers

Abebe Abebe, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

John Bonino, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Gary Doolittle, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Sushant Gonvindan, M.D.
Kansas City Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Jessica Kalender-Rich, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Geriatrics Rotation Director

David Naylor, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Jessica Newman, D.O.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

Benjamin Quick M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Bakul Sangani, M.D.
Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Matthew Sharpe, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

Stephanie Thompson, M.D.
Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Last modified: Jul 06, 2020
Why KU?

"Our program works extremely hard to support its residents from the chair's office on down."

— Leigh Eck, M.D.,
Program Director