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General and Geriatric Medicine

Providing high quality patient care through education, scholarship, and clinical services is the mission of the Division of General and Geriatric Medicine.  Members of the division have leadership responsibilities in both administrative and eduction roles in addition to their clinical activities.  The mission of the division is carried out through these roles and in our four areas of clinical focus: Ambulatory Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospital Medicine and Palliative Medicine.

An energetic and committed faculty of 67 staffs the division including five chief residents and two faculty with dual appointments. Our faculty have teaching roles with medical students and medical residents. Several faculty also hold leadership positions in undergraduate and graduate medical education programs and faculty in Palliative Medicine and Geriatric Medicine teach Fellows in their respective sub-specialty fellowship programs.

Ambulatory Medicine: Interim Section Leader: Dr. Stewart Babbott 

Faculty physicians provide care and teaching in the Internal Medicine office on site at the University of Kansas Medical Center. They work with medical students in various programs from the first three years of medical school, and work with residents for their ambulatory continuity care experience. Faculty are involved in clinical, educational and administrative leadership roles.

Geriatric Medicine: Section Leader: Dr. Deon Hayley

The Division is expanding its Geriatrics outreach through clinical care, teaching and research. Faculty care for patients in four settings: 1) Geriatric clinics in the Medical Office Building for consultative and longitudinal care; 2) three regional nursing homes for patients discharged from  the University of Kansas Hospital;  3) patients's homes with a home visit program; and 4) the Memory Disorder clinic for consultative care. They have extensive teaching leadership roles supported through the required Internal Medicine residency Geriatric rotation, third year Medical Student Geriatrics Clerkship, Geriatrics Fellowship and innovative programs supported by internal and National Foundation grants. They have been successful in publishing and disseminating their clinical and educational research.  Two physicians focus on internal medicine-based geriatrics, primarily at the Landon Center on Aging. Our faculty are integral in Geriatrics focused programs for students and residents funded by a Reynolds Foundation Grant.

Hospital Medicine: Section Leader: Dr. Melissa Parkhurst

The Division's Hospitalist staff four academic inpatient ward teams, seven private Hospital service, a Medicine Consultation Service and a Triage service at the University of Kansas Hospital. This growing group is committed to the practice and teaching of high-quality patient care. The group has cared for numerous medically complex patients over the last year and provide 24/7 in-house coverage by faculty for quality and safe patient care. Hospitalist faculty are involved in medical directorships, medical student clerkships as well as key clinical faculty positions for the residency program. Faculty have been integral for the development and maintenance of quality improvement projects in the hospital.

Palliative Medicine: Section Leader: Dr. Karin Porter-Williamson

Palliative Medicine physicians and the interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team of nurses, social workers, and chaplains strive to achieve the highest quality in patient and family-centered care for those dealing with progressive illness and life change. The team operates two full consultation services across every unit of the hospital and will expect to serve greater than 1,200 patients and families this year. Faculty in the Palliative Medicine section, in partnership with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, operates the region's first Palliative Medicine fellowship training program, and as well work with residents, fellows, medical students, chaplaincy residents, nursing students, and social work students to teach the principles of Palliative Medicine.

The physicians, in partnership with their team, are working to offer and instill the principles of Palliative Medicine to nurses and social workers across the hospital system, working through the internationally known ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Curriculum).The division has expanded palliative care outreach through office-based visits for patients in oncology both at the Westwood campus and community practice sites, through a generous donation to the Cancer Center from the Allen J. Block family. Future expansion this year is expected with our Cardiology partners, working in the congestive heart failure program.


Three of our full-time faculty spend the majority of their time in funded research and a large number of our faculty have successful scholarship around each of their individual areas of clinical, educational or administrative interest and expertise.

Last modified: Jan 07, 2015
Contact Us

Clinic: 913-588-3974
Clinic nurse manager: Beverly Eli, 913-588-1904
Office contact: Christy Kieser, 913-588-6063

Stewart BabbottStewart Babbott, M.D., FACP
Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine. Associate program director, Internal Medicine Residency