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Michael J. Waxman, MD, MBA

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Education Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health

Professional Background

Michael J. Waxman, MD MBA just retired as Medical Director of the Intensive Care Units and the Progressive Care Unit at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Just now completing 40 years in the practice of pulmonary critical care, he began his career as a pulmonary critical care physician in the US Air Force, followed by work on the faculty of Washington University then spent the last 36 years in the practice of pulmonary critical care at Research Medical Center. As a teacher in the KU School of Medicine since the 1980’s, he now holds the position of Education Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center where he has a joint appointment in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing. He was recently appointed simulation director of the internal medicine residency at HCA Overland Park Regional Medical Center and the family medicine residency at HCA Research Medical Center

Dr. Waxman is a 1976 graduate of The University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he completed an internal medicine residency and fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr. Waxman graduated in May 2012 from the Executive Fellows MBA program at Rockhurst University in Kansas City and has taught in their MBA programs as an Adjunct Professor of the Helzberg School of Management.

In addition to his long standing commitment in critical care medicine, Dr Waxman has been just as intimately involved in the education of learners of all professions. As a lecturer, program director and developer of educational programs, particularly involving simulation, he has constantly looked to create new and more innovative ways to understand how to improve patient outcome and patient safety.

Education and Training
  • MD, Medicine, Univ. of Kansas-Medical Ctr.
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Clinical Fellowship, Pulmonary Critical Care, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Certificate in Health Care Quality and Management, American Board of Quality Assurance Utilization Review Physicians
  • Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Physician, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
  • Physician, Missouri State Board of Healing Arts
  • Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Professional Affiliations
  • American Thoracic Society, President, 1997 - 1999
  • American Association for Bronchology, American Association for Bronchology, Member, 1994 - Present
  • American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Fellow, 1981 - Present
  • American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow, 1981 - Present
  • American Thoracic Society, American Thoracic Society, Member, 1981 - Present
  • American College of Physicians, American College of Physicians, Fellow, 1979 - Present



Dr Waxman is the principal investigator of three currently ongoing studies at Research Medical Center, the first a study looking at the actual causes of death of patients who had been ICD coded with severe sepsis or septic shock, a second study investigating how well nutrition is provided to mechanically ventilated patients and a third study on the COVID 19 experience of the medical center that cared for one of the largest numbers of such patients in the past year in the Greater Kansas City area? He is also creating a study looking at an educational research project he developed with his mentee on improving CPR, AED and Team STEPPS education for high school students in Kansas. He is currently working with KU Rural Medicine and the Care Collaborative to develop an education program for small hospitals in rural Kansas, something that will utilize his career long interest in simulation.

  • Ballentine, L., T, Boehm, D, Waxman, M., J, Mantz, F. 1981. A case report of Coumadin-Induced necrosis of the skin: No evidence of immunological mediation and a review of the literature. J Ks Med Soc, 82 (1), 19
  • Waxman, M., J, Kerby, G., R, Mani, M., M. 1982. Early Bronchoscopy in the Burn Patient. J Ks Med Soc, 83 (1), 23
  • Goetz, G., G, Olanow, C., W, Waxman, M., J, et al. 1989. Multicenter study of autologous adrenal medullary transplantation to the corpus striatum in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease. New England Journal of Medicine, 320 (6), 337-341
  • Koller, W., C, Morantz, R., A, Vetere-Overfield, B, Waxman, M., J. 1989. Autologous adrenal medullary transplant in progressive supranuclear palsy. Neurology, 39, 1066-1068
  • Koller, W., C, Waxman, M., J, Morantz, R. 1990. Adrenal neural transplants in Parkinson’s disease. Adv Neurol, 53, 559-65e
  • Shrader, Sarah, Hodgkins, Renee, Laverentz, Delois, Zaudke, Jana, Waxman, Michael, Johnson, Kristy, Jernigan, Stephen. 2016. Interprofessional Education and Practice Guide No. 7: Development, implementation, and evaluation of a large-scale required interprofessional education foundational programme. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30 (5), 615-619
  • Jernigan, S., D, Hodgkins, S., R, Hildenbrand, W., C, Laverentz, D., M, Johnson, K, Waxman, M., J, Zaudke, J., K. 2018. Teaching for Practice: The Impact of a Large-Scale Interprofessional Foundational Program.. Journal of allied health, 47 (2), e53-e59
  • Sorensen, Melissa, Sercy, Erica , Salattolo, Kristin, Waxman, Michael , West, Thomas., A, Tanner, Allen , Bar-Or, David. 2020. The effect of discharge destination and primary insurance provider on hospital discharge delays among patients with traumatic brain injury: a multicenter study of 1,543 patients. Patient Safety in Surgery, 14 (2), 1-10
  • Chilappa, Rishit, Waxman, Michael., J. 2021. Basic Life Support Awareness and Knowledge in High School Students. Kansas Journal of Medicine
  • Waxman, Michael., J, Griffin, Daniel, Sercy, Erica, Bar-Or, David. 2021. Compliance with American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) recommendations for thromboembolic prophylaxis in the intensive care unit: a level I trauma center experience. Patient Safety in Surgery.