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Kirby Randolph, PhD

Volunteer Assistant Professor, History and Philosophy of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Bioethics, College of Medicine, Kansas City University

Professional Background

  • Hampshire College, BA in Social Sciences 
  • University of Pennsylvania, PhD in History: US /African American /Medicine 
  • Rutgers University, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Postdoctoral Trainee 
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services, Postdoctoral Researcher 



July 2009 - April 2016 Member, Administrative Leadership and Management committees of both Truman Medical Center - Behavioral Health (TMC-BH), and Truman Medical Center, the largest safety net provider in Kansas City, MO.

Patient Relations Liaison for Behavioral Health: report to Corporate Grievance Committee monthly; supervise back-up staff, present documentation of patient complaints resolution process during CMS and TJC audits. Conduct tracers for Truman Medical Center- Behavioral Health compliance with The Joint Commission accreditation requirements. Write grants and award applications for programs in Behavioral Health. Facilitate research activities conducted with TMC-BH clients. Oversee Professional Services Agreements with TMC - Behavioral Health sub-contractors, Operation Breakthrough and The Mattie Rhodes Center. Track billing, training, and regulatory compliance for The Mattie Rhodes Counseling Center. Conduct TMC new employee orientation in Mental Health First Aid. I also inform and promote BH services and information internally, by working with TMC Public Relations, and externally, by participating in community outreach.2Kirby A. Randolph, Ph.D.

2006 - 2008. Developed strategic plan to increase minority and female faculty recruitment and retention with the University of Kansas, School of Medicine, Office of Equal Opportunity.Developed summer research program for urban youth at the University of Kansas Medical School library.

2014 - Vice Chair, Diversity Council, UMKC School of Medicine.
2011 - Member, Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund, Cultural Competency Advisory Council, Kansas City, MO.
2009 - 2011 Member, Medical Humanities Board, University of Missouri- KC, School of Medicine
2011 - 2015 Representative, Regional Health Equity Council for Region VII, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
2010 - 2013 Dean's Appointee, Council on Evaluation, Social Sciences Representative.University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Medicine

Staff Instructor "Mental Health First Aid," TMC-Behavioral Health monthly in Orientation.Staff Instructor "Person-Centered Care" and "Cultural Considerations" in New Employee Orientation for TMC-Behavioral Health, monthly. 2009 - Present.
Assistant Professor "Cultural Responsiveness," Psychiatry Residents, Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Medicine. Spring, 2010 and 2011.
Assistant Professor "Studies in the History of Medicine in the US" Undergraduate Honors 510, University of Kansas History Department, Spring 2009.
Assistant Professor "Narrative Ethics" with Martha Montello, PhD. University of Kansas School of Medicine Fall 2006.
Assistant Professor Developed essay assignments on health disparities or medical culture (alternating years) by the first year class at University of Kansas, School of Medicine, approx. 175 students. Supervised UMKC graduate students assistants in unbiased pre-grading. 2006 - 2008.3
Assistant Professor "History of African American Health and Disease" History Department, University of Pennsylvania, Spring, 2002.
Instructor "African American History, 1619 - 1877" College of General Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2002.
Instructor "African American History, 1550 - 1880" History Department, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2001.

2015- 2016 Analyze outcomes from collaboration with Health Literacy Missouri and TMC-BH funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
2011- 2012 Coordination of research collaboration between TMC - HH, TMC-BH and Missouri Health Equity Researchers on access to care for immigrants, refugees and people with serious and persistent mental illness, who may be uninsured. Helped guide through UMKC IRB, develop protocol, establish relationships and recruit clients and patients for survey, from respective departments.
2007-2009 Project Manager: Planned and implemented a research program for high school seniors and college freshman, in collaboration with the University of Kansas Medical Center Library. I supervised students from KC, KS in research methods, guided their research on best practices for assignments for each module as well as the 28 target areas of Health People 2010 for use in developing assignments on race / ethnicity and health inequities or cultural responsiveness at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
2006- 2009 Curriculum Development Topics: Health Disparities, Culture of Medicine, Cultural Responsiveness in each module of the year 1 and 2 curriculum at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine, Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
2006 - 2009 First and second year undergraduate medical class, University of Kansas Medical School. Including but not limited to: "Health Disparities and Nutrition" during the Gastrointestinal and Nutrition module, February 25, 2008; Podcast on "Oral History Methodology" for Elder Interview in the Medicine across the Lifespan module Spring, 2008; "Sickle Cell Disease" in the Blood and Lymph module, December 6, 2007; "Healing Cultures in Conflict" in Social Basis of Medical Practice, January 18, 2006.
2006-2008 Wrote several problem-based learning (PBL) cases studies collaboratively with Module Directors and faculty for undergraduate medical student instruction, University of Kansas, School of Medicine. Kansas City, KS.2006- 2008 Advisor for eight undergraduate medical students who were Clendening Summer Research Fellows at the University of Kansas, Medical School. I consulted and guided them with their research projects and public presentations of the results.
2005 - 2009 Organizer, Faculty Development Lecture Series, Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity, School of Medicine, KU - Medical Center. This included, but was not limited 4Kirby A. Randolph, 2/22/08 Dr. Troy Dusters, "A Post-Genomic Surprise: The Molecular Re-inscription of Race in Clinical medicine and Forensic Science (with some unanticipated social consequences for 'explanations of health disparities.')"; 10/18/07 Dr. Mary Frances Berry, "Affirmative Action Still Matters." Worked closely with the President of the KC Urban League to arrange a city-wide faculty Diversity Reception immediately following the Dr. Berry event; 10/15/07 "Kansas Latinos and Healthcare: A Town Hall Meeting" with State Representatives Delia Garcia (Wichita) and Louis Ruiz (KC, KS); 6/25/07 13th Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health: "Does Racism Make Us Sick?"; 4/24/07 Dr. Aida Giachello, from University of Illinois at Chicago, "Diabetes among Latinos." The event was co-sponsored by Women in Medicine and the Latino Medical Students Association; 2/27/07 organized and moderated the Black History Month Panel, "Stories of Our Past: Black Medical Professionals in KC" which was co-sponsored by the OCED, SNMA and History of Medicine; 11/8/06 "Never Say Never: Success Stories and Lessons from the Midwest Transplant Network" The event was cosponsored by the OCED and the Ethics Consult service.
March 2005 Principle Investigator: "Treatment Disparities in Mental Health: The Philadelphia Consortium on Psychiatric Disparities" Conducted three hour oral history interviews with African American Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness. The Center for Mental Health Policy Services Research, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. The Office of Regulatory Affairs, Social and Behavioral Sciences IRB Protocol # 803021. Philadelphia, PA.

Presentations and Exhibits 
Invited Lecturer "History of Race and Psychiatry," History of Medicine, UMKC School of Medicine, Dean Betty Drees, June 16, 2015.

Grand Rounds "Patient Relations," Psychiatry Department, Office of Graduate Medical Education, University of Missouri, Kansas City, September 19, 2013.

Keynote "Vulnerable Women in the Boot Heel" Annual Low Birth Weight Partnership Conference, Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start Regional Consortium, Sikeston, MO.

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