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Belinda A. Vail, MD, MS

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Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health

Department Chair, Family Medicine and Community Health


Professional Background

Belinda Vail, MD, MS, FAAFP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Vail graduated from and received her residency training from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She later completed a fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and a fellowship at the AAFP National Institute for Program Director Development in Leawood, KS.
Her clinical practice includes procedures and maternity and inpatient care, and she teaches students in all four years of medical school, nurse practitioner students, and residents during her clinical activities. She is the co-module director of the innovative Capstone module—the culmination of the first two years of the medical school curriculum. She is also an active didactic teacher in the school of medicine and in the residency program. Dr. Vail is medical director for Community Living Opportunities, a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults, and participates in oversight for the Department of Corrections. She is a core lecturer for several CME programs for the American Academy of Family Physicians and was the director of the National Board Review Course for 15 years. A member of AOA, the Gold Humanism Society, and the Delp Society, her awards include the Rainbow Award for Heroes in Medicine, the Jayhawk Award for lifetime achievement in mentoring, The Glendon Cox Leadership Award, the Women in Medicine Marjorie Sirridge Award, the Kansas Academy of Family Medicine Exemplary Teacher Award, The Nason Family Award for Excellence in Teaching in Family Medicine, and the University of Kansas Bohan Award for Teaching.

Education and Training
  • BA, English, Southwestern College
  • MS, English, Emporia State University, Emporia
  • MD, Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Internship, Family Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Residency, Family Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas