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Carrie L. Francis, MD

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Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Professional Background

Carrie L. Francis, M.D. graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 2005. After graduating with honors, she completed her postgraduate residency training in Otolaryngology-Head andamp; Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). During residency, Dr. Francis was involved in the medical school admissions and other educational programs geared towards medical student mentoring and education. Dr. Francis developed an interest in Academics and Pediatric Otolaryngology during her residency training. She has given multiple pediatric otolaryngology presentations, and presented research at prestigious national Pediatric Otolaryngology meetings. Prior to graduating from her post-graduate training program, Dr. Francis was presented with a 2010 Resident Research Excellence Award.

Dr. Francis is currently an Associate Professor in the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC). In addition to a busy surgical practice, Dr. Francis has a passion for educating the next generation of future physicians.

Nationally, Dr. Francis is an active member of the national Otolaryngology governing body, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and Society of University Otolaryngologist's (SUO), American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She has held multiple leadership roles and is currently Chair of the SUO Diversity Committee.

She is an active member of both the Diversity and General Otolaryngology Education committees. As a member of the Diversity Committee (AAO-HNS), she has had an active role in the development and role out of Cultural Competency Survey. She is a member of the Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis task force in the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO).

At KUMC, she holds multiple leadership roles, serving as member and Chair of the School of Medicine Admissions committee (2015-2016) and Academic and Professionalism committee (2016-2017). Dr. Francis has an active teaching and mentoring role, serving as an Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Affairs and currently serves as the Director of the Orr Medical Alumni Society. She was presented the Excellence in Teaching, Student Voice Award in 2015 and 2016.

Education and Training
  • BS, Science, Xavier Univ. of Louisiana
  • MD, St. Louis Univ.
  • Clinical Fellowship, Pediatric Otolaryngology , Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, California
  • Residency, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • ABOTO , American Board of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery
  • Basic Life Support, American Heart Association
  • DEA Certification, Drug Enforcement Administration (KS)
  • DEA Certification, Drug Enforcement Administration (MO)
  • DEA Certification, Drug Enforcement Administration (MO)
  • Missouri State License, Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
  • State License, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Member, 2015 - Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow, 2013 - Present
  • American Medical Association, Member, 2011 - Present

  • Francis, Carrie., L, Villwock, Jennifer. 2020. Diversity and Inclusion-Why Does It Matter. Otolaryngologic Clinics North America, 53 (5), 927-934
  • Faucett, Erynne, Newsome, Hilary, Chelius, T, Francis, Carrie., L, Thomspon, Dana, Flanary, Valerie. 2020. African American Otolaryngologists: Current Trends and Factors Influencing Career Choice.. Laryngoscope, 30 (10), 2336-2342.
  • Larsen, Chris, Francis, Carrie., L. 2018. Pediatric Sialendoscopy Gland-Preserving Salivary Surgery-A Problem-Based Approach