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Learn about our current Medicine board members, responsibilities and the history of our alumni association.

Misson of the KU Medical Alumni Association

To strengthen and promote the University of Kansas School of Medicine (KU School of Medicine) and support its students, graduates, residents, fellows, and potential students.

The Association accomplishes this mission primarily by:

  • Promoting collaboration and fellowship among the graduates and former students of the KU School of Medicine the University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Promoting and maintaining a high degree of interest and involvement with the KU School of Medicine and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Providing continued support for students and student education through grants that support professional development programs and activities.
  • Providing continued support for faculty excellence that includes exceptional teaching and education in both clinical and non-clinical fields.

History of the KU Medical Alumni Association

The KU Medical Alumni Association was organized in 1926. Donations formed the financial survival of the early years. The first regular dues in the amount of $1 were collected in 1952. In 1956, the dues were increased to $5 and to $10 in 1970. The current dues are $50 per year.

The active membership consists of graduates or former students of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, physicians who have completed a residency or fellowship program at KUMC, past or present KUMC medical faculty, and Ph.D. recipients in the basic science departments of the School of Medicine.

The KU Medical Alumni Association added national members-at-large in 1989 to the board of directors. These individuals reside in various parts of the United States. They are invited to return or call in for each of the Medical Alumni Board meetings.

Through the support of its members, the KU Medical Alumni Association plays a key role in the support of student scholarships, as well as student and faculty research that will have a lasting effect on our students' lives.

Current Board Members

Lisa Bernard, MD'87
Metropolitan Member-at-Large

Dr. Lisa Bernard is a retired anesthesiology specialist in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Bernard graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1987 and completed a Residency in Anesthesiology at St Luke's Hospital. She practiced Anesthesia at Research Medical Center for 30 years and retired in 2020. 

Don Brada, MD'65
Statewide Member-at-Large

Dr. Donald Brada is a clinical psychiatrist and Clinical Professor Emeritus for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Brada graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1965 and completed his Residency in Psychiatry at the medical center in 1972. He served as President of both the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Psychiatric Society and is currently Chair of the Advisory Board of the Biodiversity Institute at KU Lawrence.

Kent R. Bradley, MD'92
DMT Trustee

Dr. Kent Bradley is Vice-Chair and Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita’s Department of OB/GYN, and is in private practice with Associates in Women's Health, P.A. He is a board-certified Diplomate of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served as an Oral Examiner for the General Boards since 2008. Dr. Kent received his Bachelor of Science, with honors, in Nutrition Science from Kansas State University and his Doctor of Medicine and Residency from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

William Brown, MD'66
National Member-at-Large

Dr. William Brown is a physician with 50 years of experience in clinical and consulting pediatrics and adolescent medicine, public health, community service and advocacy. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Brown graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1966.

Glendon G. Cox, MD’80, MBA, MHSA’05
President/DMT Trustee

Dr. Glendon G. Cox, a native Kansan, has served in many roles in healthcare and academic medicine. He attended the University of Kansas, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in chemistry in 1977. In 1980, he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

Mara Cunningham
Salina Student Representative

Mara Cunningham is a MS2 who received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Kansas. She is currently the co-president of the Lukert Society, vice-president of the Surgical Interest Group, and is an active member of the Salina Medical Outreach group. She is from Kanopolis, KS, but lives in Salina while attending medical school. She has an interest in pursuing a surgical career, though she is still undecided.

Eric Edell, MD'81
National Member-at-Large

Eric S. Edell, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and Consultant in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received his BS at the University of Kansas in 1976 and his MD at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1981.  internship and residency training in Kansas City, Dr. Edell pursued subspecialty training in thoracic diseases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He became a consultant in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Mayo in 1991 and is Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He was appointed Vice-Chair of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 1994 and served in this role until 2001. Dr. Edell continues to be involved in the use and development of technology for the treatment of benign and malignant airway diseases.

Manon Fisher
Wichita Student Representative

Manon Fisher is an MD student graduating in 2024. Manon grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Thomas E. Geraghty, MD'72
DMT Trustee

Dr. Thomas Geraghty is a retired plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and a proud member of the KU Medical Alumni Board for 14 years. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1972. He completed his Residency in General Surgery in 1976 and his Residency in Plastic Surgery in 1978. Dr. Geraghty is a Founder and current chairman emeritus of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America, the Co-founder and Past President of The Kansas City Plastic Surgery Society, and past Mission, Kansas City Councilman.

Fred Gilhousen, MD'66
Immediate Past-President

Dr. Fred Gilhousen is a retired orthopedic surgeon who practiced in the Kansas City area for 38 years. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Meicine in 1966 and completed his Residency at the University of Oklahoma in 1973. Dr. Gilhousen served in the US Air Force as a medical officer, rank of Captain, from 1967 to 1969. He is the owner of Glenn Books, an antiquarian book shop in Kansas City.

Maria Iliakova, MD'16
National Member-at-Large

Maria Iliakova, MD is a general surgeon who is currently completing Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. She completed General Surgery Residency at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). She earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas. Prior to medical school, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship in proteomics at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master's degree in Bioinformatics at Georgetown University. She majored in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish as an undergraduate at UMKC.  

Kayla Johnson, MD'15
Statewide Member-at-Large

Dr. Kayla Johnson is a pediatrician at Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Johnson attended undergraduate school at Fort Hays State University. After obtaining her undergrad, she attended the  University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina and graduated with her doctorate in 2015. Johnson then completed her Pediatric and Chief Residency in 2018 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and is board certified in general pediatrics.

Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD’05, MPH’01
Statewide Member-at-Large

Dr. Jennifer Scott Koontz is a board-certified sports medicine physician in Newton, Kansas and serves as the President of the Harvey County Medical Society. She graduated from Nickerson High School and received her undergraduate degree from Bethel College in North Newton before completing her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Medical Society, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She also served as the Chairperson of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Kansas State High School Activities Association and is the team physician for several schools including Newton High School and Bethel College. She and her husband Matt reside in Newton and have three children.

Barbara Lukert, MD'60
DMT Trustee

Dr Barbara Lukert is a Professor of Emerita at the KU School of Medicine. Her career at the school spans over five decades, beginning with her residency in 1961. Joining the Department of Medicine faculty in 1965, Lukert served as the Mary F. Roberts Distinguished Chair in Nutrition, the Director of the Osteoporosis Clinic, the Metabolic Laboratory, and as the Medical Director of the Medicine Outpatient Clinic. She has led or co-authored 96 full-length manuscripts and written 11 books or book chapters.

Jennifer Bacani McKenney, MD'06

Dr. Jennifer B. McKenney is a KU School of Medicine-Wichita alumna, and in 2021 was named Rural Health Practitioner of the Year by the National Rural Health Association. Dr. McKenney is a family physician in her hometown of Fredonia, Kansas. She has owned and managed her practice alongside her father for the last 12 years. She also helped establish the Fredonia Area Community Foundation and Cultivate Fredonia, a community-wide growth initiative, and she serves on the board of directors for both. She earned her medical degree and also completed her residency through KU School of Medicine-Wichita at Via Christi.

Mark Meyer, MD'89
Metropolitan Member-at-Large

Dr. Mark Meyer, the Alice M. Patterson, M.D. and Harold L. Patterson, M.D. professor of family medicine, is a lifelong Kansan, earning his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University before completing medical school and residency training in family medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Following completion of his residency in 1992, Dr. Meyer joined the KU School of Medicine faculty in the Department of Family Medicine. Over the course of his career, he has served as the Medical Director for Student Health Services, Residency Director in Family Medicine, Founding Director of the Mahlon Delp Academic Society, Executive Director of the Medical Alumni Societies, and has served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs since 2000 and acting Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion 2012-2020. In 2018, he was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Richard L. Morgan, MD'80
Treasurer/DMT Trustee

Dr. Richard Morgan received a BA in Biology at the University of Kansas in 1977 and finished medical school at KU in 1980, as part of the last 3-year class. After Anesthesia residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, he completed a combined Critical Care and Pain Medicine Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Returning to Kansas City in 1985, Dr. Morgan is now in his 36th year of private practice. For 22 years, he worked in the operating room providing anesthesia while also building a pain management practice focused on helping those with chronic pain. In 1998, inspired by a growing trend in palliative care providing comfort to those dying and on hospice care, he became interested in end-of-life care. This led to board certification in Palliative Care and Hospice Care Medicine in 2008. He has served in the past as Medical Director for Grace Hospice and has practiced inpatient pain management and Palliative Care. He currently practices at St. Joseph Medical Center and Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville Missouri.

William "Rory" Murphy , MD'87
Chair, DMT Trustees

Dr. William Rory Murphy is a Board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1987, and was President of the Medical Honor Society and valedictorian of his medical school class. Dr. Murphy trained in both the Adult and Child Psychiatry programs at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. After leaving the clinic, Dr. Murphy worked in a wide range of settings, including serving as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Kansas Medical Schoo-Wichita. Dr. Murphy has also been involved in conducting clinical trials in psychiatry since 1998.

Nidhi Sanjay Patel
Kansas City Student Representative

Nidhi is a second-year medical student at the Kansas City campus. She grew up in Kansas City and hopes to practice in Kansas in the future.

Kimberly J. Richardson, MD'11
Metropolitan Member-at-Large

Dr. Kimberly Richardson is a board-certified internist in the General and Geriatric Medicine department at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She also supervises residents in the KUMC Internal Medicine Residency Program and facilitates problem-based learning sessions with first- and second-year medical students. Dr. Richardson obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Baker University in 2005. She received her medical degree from the KU School of Medicine in 2011 and completed an internal medicine residency at the Mayo College of Medicine in 2014. Upon completion of residency, she was among four chief residents selected to serve as leaders for the Mayo Rochester Internal Medicine Residency Program during the 2014-2015 academic year. She is also a fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Donna Sweet, MD'79
Membership/Elections Chair

Dr. Donna Sweet is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Sweet is a delegate to the American Medical Association, a member of the leadership for the American College of Physicians, and past president of the ACP Board of Regents. In 2015, Dr. Sweet was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wichita State University in recognition of her 35 years of service to patients with HIV/AIDS, as well as her contributions to health care as a clinical educator. She is certified as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine of which she is a past board chair.  She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the KU School of Medicine in 1979. Prior to medical school, she completed a master’s degree in biology with emphasis on microbiology/immunology, and she worked in a hospital lab as a clinical microbiologist.

Bradley Thedinger, MD'76
DMT Trustee

Dr. Bradley Thedinger is a University of Kansas Medical Center alumnus, having graduated in 1976. Post medical school training consisted of Family Practice residency at Mercy Medical Center, General Surgery and Otolaryngology Residency at the University of Oregon, and fellowship subspecialty neurotology training at the House Ear Institute. He started his career post-training in 1983 in the department of Otolaryngology at KU Medical Center being their first neurotology specialist. While there, he developed complete neurotology medical and surgical services including the medical center's first cochlear implant center. He also developed a state-of-the-art temporal bone dissection laboratory for teaching ear microsurgery. In 1987, Dr. Thedinger went into private practice (Otologic Center Inc.), rendering medical and surgical ear care until 2020 when he retired. He was an active staff member of St. Luke’s Hospital, Children’s Mercy Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center.

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Board Member Responsibilities

  • Attend meetings of the board annually, at own expense
  • Adhere to the Bylaws of the Association
  • Board members should maintain membership in the Association, as well as actively promote membership in the Association.
  • Participate and represent the Association at various events and activities supported by the KUMC Alumni Association
  • Identify and recruit volunteer leaders and financial support for the Association

Terms of Office

  • Terms begin at the first board meeting of the year
  • President: two-year term
  • President-elect: two-year term
  • Immediate Past President: two-year term
  • Treasurer: annual appointment by president
  • Membership and Elections Chair: two-year term
  • Members-at-Large (includes metropolitan, statewide and national): three-year term
  • Distinguished Medical Teaching Fund Trustees: Subset committee of the Board of Directors (regular board term limits are not applicable)
  • Student Representatives (Kansas City, Salina and Wichita campuses): two-year term while as a student on campus
  • Ex-Officio Members: Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas Medical Center; Executive Dean, KU School of Medicine; Director, Alumni Relations
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