Faculty and Staff

Administrative Faculty and Staff  |  Phase 2 Faculty  |  Year 3 Clinical Clerkship Directors  |  Year 4 Clerkship Director  |  Lead Instructors

Administrative Faculty and Staff

W Cathcart-Rake

William F. Cathcart-Rake, MD, FACP
Convener, Issues in Clinical Medicine
Co-Facilitator, Problem-Based Learning Session

Dr. Cathcart-Rake is a native of Kansas (born in the Little Apple), who attended grade school and high school in Southern California and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder before returning to Kansas for medical school. After completing medical school, an internal medicine residency and a clinical pharmacology fellowship at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, he moved to Salina in 1979, where he established a practice in internal medicine at the Mowery Clinic. He completed additional fellowship training in medical oncology at KUMC in 1989. He subsequently returned to Salina to practice medical oncology at the Mowery Clinic and Tammy Walker Cancer Center and was an active participant in the Southwest Oncology Group. In March 2010 he accepted a part-time position as Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at the new KU School of Medicine campus in Salina. Dr. Cathcart-Rake resigned from his medical oncology practice in 2013 to work full-time for KU School of Medicine-Salina. Dr. Cathcart-Rake is board certified (ABIM) in internal medicine and medical oncology. 

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Scott Owings, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical Experiences and Clerkship Director

Dr. Scott Owings received a B.S. from Pittsburg State University and his medical degree from KUSM-Wichita. As a medical student he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed residency at Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Owings is a member of STFM, AAFP, KAFP, AMA, Kansas Medical Society, NRHA, and Saline County Medical Society. He is currently an Associate Director for Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program and Associate Dean of KU School of Medicine-Salina. Dr. Owings is the Director of the Lukert Academic Society and Advisor for the Family Medicine and Rural Medicine Interest Groups in Salina. Dr. Owings and his wife Melanie both from Maize, Kansas, have three children Olivia, Abram, and Beckett. When they are not watching the Jayhawks they enjoy sports and spending time with family and friends. His hobbies include carpentry, fishing, hunting, and golf.

M Robinson

Michael Robinson, PhD
Associate Dean of Basic Sciences

Though he is a native of Great Britain and had not spent much time in Kansas before coming to the KU School of Medicine-Salina, Dr. Robinson has lived in the Midwest for many years, thanks, in part, to the fact that his wife is from Minnesota. He received his PhD in parasite immunology from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He went on to a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and has held faculty positions at North Dakota State University and North Georgia College & State University. Before coming to Salina, he served as Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Affairs at Ross University Schoolof Medicine's Clinical Site in Freeport, Grand Bahama, where he was integral to establishing a medical school campus.

Boyd Smith

Boyd Smith, MD
Lead Instructor for Human Anatomy and Histopathology 

A native of Nebraska, Dr. Smith left the Cornhusker state to receive his undergraduate education (BA in Chemistry) at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He returned to the University of Nebraska for medical school before once again leaving for a pathology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Smith was a staff pathologist for the Salina hospitals and a partner at WPM Pathology Laboratory from 1978 until 2009.

Tyler G. Hughes, Sr. MD FACS

Tyler Hughes is a board certified general surgeon practicing in McPherson, KS and joining the faculty of KUSOM Salina in 2016. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, he did his medical training at Southwestern Medical School and residency under Dr. Ernest Poulos at St. Paul Medical Center, Dallas. After residency, Dr. Hughes practiced general and vascular surgery in Dallas for 12 years. During that time he served as Assistant Director of Surgical Training and Director of Surgical Intensive Care at St. Paul Medical Center. In 1995, Dr. Hughes and his family moved to McPherson, KS and has enjoyed rural surgical practice ever since.

He is dedicated to teaching and has provided general surgery instruction for KU medical student since 1999. He currently is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at KU School of Medicine. He has published in lay and peer reviewed literature on rural surgical issues and has served on the editorial boards of ACS Surgery News (currently Co-Editor in chief), Evidence Based Reviews in General Surgery, and Selected Readings in General Surgery. Since 2007 Dr. Hughes has been the co-editor of the Rural Community Web Page for the American College of Surgery and in 2014 became Editor in Chief of the ACS Web Portal, a social media platform for surgeons world-wide.

During 2007 he was president of the Kansas Chapter of the ACS, and in 2010 he was elected Governor at Large of the ACS for Kansas. In 2012 he was elected to a directorship of the American Board of Surgery, as well as the first chair of the ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery. In 2012, Dr. Hughes was honored by the National Rural Health Association as the Rural Practitioner of the Year.

Dr. Hughes was a private pilot for 26 years. His last and favorite aircraft was a twin Beech Baron. He is a writer and reader who is extremely proud of his wife, Mary, who is an actress. They have two grown children Dorothy Hughes, an expert in health policy, and Tyler Hughes, Jr, an electrical engineer.

C Brown

Chris Brown, MD
Lead Instructor of Clinical Skills

Dr. Brown received undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Life Sciences from Kansas State University. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas in 2001. After completing a Family Medicine residency at Smoky Hill, he opened a solo practice in Salina until 2008. In addition to working with the KU-Salina medical students, he practices Family Medicine in the wonderful rural community of Ellinwood, Kansas. His interests include: spending time with his wife and 2 children, Ethan and Lily, innovative practice design, and he has been known to spend some weekends tinkering on a Ford Mustang and the family cars.

Lucy Kollhoff

Lucy Kollhoff
Assitant Dean

Lucy Kollhoff, a native of Western Kansas, received her bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University. After working in private industry for several years, she returned to Fort Hays State University to pursue and obtain her master's degree in counseling. She has worked in higher education in the areas of career counseling and coaching, and has been involved in retention, recruitment and placement of students into science, technology, engineering and math careers. She is also a state-certified mediator.



Mike Kollhoff

Michael Kollhoff
Medical Education Instruction Specialist

Mike Kollhoff is a native of Kansas (born in Stafford) who grew up in Salina and attended Salina Public Schools K-12. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Antiquities and a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from the University of Kansas. He earned his Master of Science in Counseling from Emporia State University. Before becoming a full-time school counselor, he taught high school biology, chemistry and physics. When not at work, he enjoys playing golf, sailing and home-remodeling projects.



Laura Easterday

Laura Easterday
Phase I & Student Services Senior Coordinator

A Native of Salina, Laura Easterday is the Phase I Senior Coordinator at the KU School of Medicine-Salina. She received her bachelor's degree in Communications and Human Resource Development, along with a certificate in Leadership Studies from Fort Hays State University in 2008. She worked as a project manager for a small firm in Hays, KS, for several years before joining the KU School of Medicine-Salina staff in 2011, and completed a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University in 2011.  When not at work, she can be spending time with her two children, playing recreational sports, and working on home-remodeling projects with her husband.              

Mary G

Mary Vernon
Clinical Skills Lab Senior Coordinator 

Mary Vernon hails from small-town Kansas and earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Sports Information from the University of Kansas in 2001. After stints with a USBL basketball team and a small marketing firm in Salina, Vernon was named the Director of Marketing and Development for the Salina Community Theatre and then began working in higher education in 2011 as the Director of Public Relations, Communications, and Marketing for Kansas Wesleyan University. As a lifelong Jayhawk, Mary jumped at the chance to work for the University of Kansas and is thrilled to be on staff. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports, exercising, reading, working on home projects, and spending time with her three children. 

Phase 2 Faculty

Abbey Rupe

Abbey Rupe, MD
ICM 900

Dr. Rupe received a B. A. in microbiology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and her M.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, serving as Chief Resident during her final year of residency. Following residency, Dr. Rupe spent a year in general pediatrics practice in Wichita, while her husband, Dr. Chris Rupe, completed his general surgery residency. Once her husband completed his residency they moved to Salina where she joined Salina Pediatric Care. Currently, Dr. Rupe is a Faculty Pediatrician at Salina Family Healthcare Center. In addition to co-facilitating ICM 900, Dr. Rupe also serves as the student Omsbudsman for the Salina campus.  She is a community volunteer, avid distance runner, mother of two, a member of AOA and is board certified in pediatrics. 

Year 3 Clinical Clerkship Directors

One or more Assistant Clerkship Directors (ACDs) provide overall vision for and monitor students on each of the required third year and fourth year clinical clerkships on the Salina campus. They frequently engage in supervising, mentoring, teaching, and evaluating medical students on clinical rotations. The ACDs collaborate with the Clerkship Directors on the Kansas City campus to provide Salina students with excellent clinical experiences. 

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Sara Johnston, MD - Family Medicine
Assistant Clerkship Director, Co-Facilitator, Problem-Based Learning Sessions                   

Dr. Johnston graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in biology in 1996 and received her MD from KU in 2000. After medical school she completed a residency in family medicine at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Salina. Dr. Johnston is a board-certified family medicine physician at ComCare.

C Long

Chantel Long, MD - Family Medicine
Assistant Clerkship Director

Dr. Long joined the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program as Associate Director in 2011. Dr. Long received a B.S. in Biology Sciences at Kansas State University in 1995 and received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Kansas City in May of 1999. She completed her residency training at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in 2002. She has been practicing medicine in a rural community for the last 8 ½ years. Dr. Long enjoys the full spectrum of family medicine but has a special interest in women and children's health. Dr. Long is currently a member of AAFP, KAFP, AMA and the Saline County Medical Society.

S Owings

Scott Owings, MD - Geriatrics
Assistant Clerkship Director  


H Reed

Henry Reed, MD - Internal Medicine, subspecialties
Assistant Clerkship Director

Dr. Reed received his undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University (BS in Mathematics) and his MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and a fellowship in nephrology and hypertension at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. Reed is a board-certified internist and nephrologist at the Mowery Clinic.



J Richards

Jon Richards, MD - Internal Medicine, Hospitalist service
Assistant Clerkship Director

A native of Hays, Kan., Dr. Richards completed both his undergraduate (BA in Psychology) and medical studies at the University of Kansas. After an internal medicine internship at Brown University in Rhode Island, he returned to the University of Kansas for his internal medicine residency. Dr. Richards practiced in Phillipsburg, Kan., from 1976-85 before moving to Salina and joining the Salina Clinic, where he practiced through 2009. Since 2010, Dr. Richards has been a hospitalist at Salina Regional Health Center.


T Davis

Trent Davis, MD - Neurology
Assistant Clerkship Director

Dr. Davis attended Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., before completing medical school at Howard University in Washington, DC. After medical school he completed a medicine internship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a neurology residency at Howard University, and a fellowship in cerebral vascular diseases at Howard. Dr. Davis served on the staff of Howard University and was in private practice in Southern California prior to moving to Salina in 1999. Dr. Davis is a board-certified neurologist in solo practice at Amber Waves Neurology.


C Graber

Chris Graber, MD - Obstetrics/Gynecology
Assistant Clerkship Director

Dr. Graber received his undergraduate degree from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., with a quadruple major: biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. He received his MD from the University of Kansas. He completed his residency in Ob-Gyn at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in 2009 and is a board-certified Ob-Gyn currently practicing at Salina Women's Clinic.




Leslie Ablard, MD - Obstetrics/Gynecology
Assistant Clerkship Director

Dr. Leslie Ablard completed her undergraduate education at Kansas State University in 2002 and received her M.D. degree from the University of Kansas in 2006. Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Ablard completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. Currently, Dr. Ablard is engaged in a practice of obstetrics and gynecology at Mowery Women's Clinic in Salina, Kansas. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

A Bridge

Alisa Bridge, MD - Pediatrics
Assistant Clerkship Director

Dr. Bridge received a BA in cellular biology from the University of Kansas and a MS in zoology from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. She worked as a research assistant at the Women's Research Institute at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita for several years before entering medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After medical school, Dr. Bridge completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Bridge is a board-certified pediatrician currently practicing at the Mowery Clinic.



Kallie Foss, MD - Pediatrics
Assistant Clerkship Director

Kallie Foss graduated magna cum laude from Baker University with a B.S. in biology in 2004. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2009. After completing a pediatrics residency at Children's Mercy Hospital in 2012, Dr. Foss joined Salina Pediatric Care in Salina, Kansas. Dr. Foss is board certified in pediatrics.

Alicia Coulson

Alisha Coulson - Psychiatry
Assistant Clerkship Director 

Dr. Alisha Coulson received a BS in biology from KSU in 1999 and a MS in pathobiology from KSU in 2002. From 2002 to 2006 she worked in research labs at KSU. In 2006 she commenced her medical school studies at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica West Indies, earning a MD in 2010. Following medical school she completed a psychiatry residency at Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita. She joined Veridian Behavioral Health as a staff psychiatrist in 2015. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


George S. Jerkovich MD

George Jerkovich, MD - Psychiatry
Assistant Clerkship Director

A native of Croatia, Dr. Jerkovich immigrated to the United States with his family as a young child. He attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate degree (BA in English, Psychology, and Human Biology) and MD. After medical school, Dr. Jerkovich completed a psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Jerkovich has been engaged in the practice of psychiatry in Salina since 1989.


C Rupe

Chris Rupe, MD - Surgery, general
Assistant Clerkship Director

Christopher Rupe did his undergraduate studies at KU-Lawrence (BA in Human Biology and Psychology) and received his MD from KU in 2004. After completing a general surgery residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita he joined the Mowery Clinic, where he has a practice in general, vascular and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Rupe is a board-certified general surgeon and is married to Abbey.



M Johnson

Michael Johnson, MD - Surgery, subspecialty
Assistant Clerkship Director

Dr. Johnson attended Kansas State University in Manhattan before entering pharmacy school at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he received his BS in Pharmacy. Not content with being a pharmacist, Dr. Johnson entered medical school at KU and received his MD in 1992. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in 1997. Dr. Johnson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon currently practicing at the Orthopedic Sports Health Clinic of Salina.

Year 4 Clerkship Directors


Assistant Clerkship Directors:
Scott Owings, MD
W. Cathcart-Rake, MD

Rural Preceptorship

Assistant Clerkship Directors:
W. Cathcart-Rake, MD
Scott Owings, MD

B Pavey

Brian Pavey, DO, MS - Critical Care
Assistant Clerkship Director

A native of the state of Washington, Dr. Pavey graduated from Wichita State University in 1995 with a B.A. in biochemistry. Subsequently, he did graduate work at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, receiving an M.S. in Biomedical Science-Biochemistry. Dr. Pavey received is D.O. degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2004, followed by an internal medicine residency and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Pavey has been in private practice at the Mowery Clinic in Salina since 2009, specializing in nephrology, hypertension, critical care, and general internal medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.


Robert Kraft, MD - Population Health in Practice
Assistant Clerkship Director

Following graduation from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas with a B.S. degree majoring in genetics, Dr. Bob Kraft received his medical training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. He completed a family medicine residency in 2004 at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program (SHFMRP) in Salina, Kansas and subsequently elected to remain on the teaching faculty of SHFMRP. Dr. Kraft is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine. In addition to his interest in teaching residents and medical students, Dr. Kraft is actively involved in quality improvement activities and their impact on patient care outcomes.


Lead Instructors

Lead Instructors are Salina physicians who have assumed a major role in supervising, mentoring and instructing medical students on selected clinical rotations.

Matthew Cobb, MD

Matthew Cobb, MD – Lead Instructor Family Medicine

David Dennis, MD

David Dennis, MD – Lead Instructor Internal Medicine

Jeffrey Geitz, MD

Jeffrey Geitz, MD – Lead Instructor Hematology/Oncology

Jacob Hodges, MD

Jacob Hodges, MD – Lead Instructor Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases

Keir Swisher, MD

Keir Swisher, MD – Lead Instructor Emergency Medicine

Ryan Payne, MD

Ryan Payne, MD – Lead Instructor Urology

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