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Internal Medicine education leadership team

Meet the Team

Leigh Eck, M.D.

Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine
The University of Kansas Health System

Thank you for your interest in our program, and congratulations on nearing the completion of your undergraduate medical education. This is a great time to choose a career in internal medicine, and it is a great time to choose The University of Kansas Health System as your Internal Medicine residency training site.

I have had the opportunity to be involved in medical education since 2005 - initially as a chief resident and then subsequently joining the Internal Medicine residency leadership team in 2008 as an Associate Program Director. I became our Program Director in 2014; a role that I cherish given the work that I am able to do to support our resident physicians. As our program director, I have the opportunity to guide an outstanding group of physicians. We have a strong leadership team made up of talented Associate Program Directors, motivated and inspired chief residents, creative and enthusiastic Core Faculty, and dependable and involved Site Directors. Our leadership team works day in and day out to optimize the training experience for our resident physicians.

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Jane Broxterman, MD portraitJane Broxterman, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
The University of Kansas Hospital, Primary Care/Ambulatory Subspecialty Training, Chair - Clinical Competency Committee 

I am passionate about primary care and the longitudinal care of complex older adults in addition to preventive medicine. I greatly enjoy teaching residents both the science and the art of medicine, and I am thrilled to be an associate program director for our residents. Being part of our residency leadership team has brought me great joy in my academic career. Our program offers a variety of continuity clinic experiences at several locations that can be tailored to your professional goals and clinical interests. Our main site for continuity clinic is at our academic center, The University of Kansas Health System, general medicine clinic, which was awarded the highest level of certification of Patient Centered Medical Home designation. Our other highly educational sites for continuity include the Kansas City VA, and one private practice clinic site, both of which are PCMH certified as well. One of my main roles within the program is coordinating each resident's "+1" week, which encompasses continuity clinics, ambulatory subspecialty clinic experiences, didactics, self-study time, and wellness days. The subspecialty experiences can easily be tailored to meet your professional goals throughout training, allowing you a comprehensive, longitudinal curriculum. Given that 75% of ABIM content reflects care in the outpatient setting, we have a very robust ambulatory educational curriculum that is streamlined with our 3+1 rotational curriculum. I am confident that you will have an experience that will give you a solid fund of outpatient knowledge and management skills to complement your goal career path.

Marie Brubacher, MDMarie Brubacher, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
The University of Kansas Hospital, Quality Improvement/Patient Safety, Global Health

I graduated from Yale School of Medicine working two years in Haiti at a preventive health clinic.  After completing medical school, I trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital, in internal medicine and completed a chief year at the Boston VA.  

My primary professional interests are engaging medical students and residents in the joys and challenges of practicing clinical medicine, tackling tough questions, and finding happiness in their professional and personal lives.  I joined KU in 2016 as a primary care physician.  I spend much of my time in the simulation community at KUMC, working with the Ziel Simulation Center designing the nation's first interprofessional longitudinal simulation curriculum for medical students and working on a simulation-based curriculum for internal medicine residents and hospital staff in Code Blue.  I additionally enjoy time developing our Population Health Pathway for internal medicine residents interested in global and community health.

My husband and I live in Prairie Village and are raising our three children here. We are proud to be a part of the University of Kansas Medical Center community that we believe provides excellence in clinical training that is routed in a collaborative and productive spirit!  We love our city, which is home to a friendly community, affordable living, an array of sports teams, cultural attractions and good eating!

Becky Lowry, MDBecky Lowry, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
The University of Kansas Hospital, Compliance and Programming

After completing a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and a chief resident role during this time, I had the opportunity to serve as a chief resident for the Department of Internal Medicine in 2007. This was a rewarding opportunity and confirmed my enjoyment of working with medical students and resident learners. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to serve as the clerkship director for the Internal Medicine sub-internships and then, since 2010, as an associate program director with the residency program. The opportunity to work with faculty and learners who are committed to both the exceptional care of complex adult patients and the lifelong learning associated with the practice of internal medicine has been an honor.

As you navigate the interview process, it is important to identify a program with a leadership team actively involved in resident advocacy as well as one that is affiliated with a hospital and ambulatory practice committed to outstanding patient care. The rare combination of excellence in both of these aspects is one of the things we work hard to maintain and are proud of here at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I am thrilled to be a part of our institution and look forward to meeting you during the upcoming interview season!

Laura Thomas, M.D. portraitLaura Thomas, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
The University of Kansas Hospital, Curriculum and Simulation

I graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2009. After completing my Internal Medicine residency and tenure as a chief resident, I also completed Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship training at the University of Kansas Medical Center and joined the faculty here in 2016. My professional interests include general outpatient pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and medical education.

I have great interest in providing residents with more educational experiences outside the daily practice in the wards and clinic, which will help them to achieve a mastery of practicing Internal Medicine. We have been working to develop a simulation-based curriculum for the residents that includes procedural training, assessment of decompensating patients and interdisciplinary emergency team training. Our program has also been making changes to shift didactic conferences to more interactive sessions through the development of workshops during +1 weeks and more faculty involvement in case conferences.

The residency program here at KU was an amazing place for me to train, as I made lifelong friends and learned from excellent physicians. I saw a large variety of patients and disease processes, which helped prepare me for my career.

My husband and I have three children. Kansas City is a wonderful home for our family: affordable, welcoming, and with plenty of things to do for fun.

Sonia Castillo-Vega portraitSonia Castillo-Vega, M.D.

Kansas City VA Medical Center, Site Director; Pulmonary and Critical Care 

I was born and raised in Nicaragua, a small but beautiful country in Central America. After completing medical school in my home country, I moved to Kansas City in 2009 when my husband started his residency in OB/GYN. We fell in love with Kansas City.

When I was accepted to the KU Internal Medicine program, I had the opportunity to train in excellent academic conditions with a great sense of teamwork and camaraderie. I have been fortunate to be a part of the KU family ever since. I became a Chief Resident after completing residency and then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care.

In July of 2019, I began my first year as an attending at the Kansas City VA Hospital. Ever since I was a resident, I have felt privileged and grateful to serve our veterans, which is one of the things I enjoyed the most about my job.

I also love working with residents and fellows. I enjoy teaching them and learning new things from them. I am passionate about pulmonary procedures (particularly endobronchial ultrasound and indwelling pleural catheters) and point-of-care ultrasound. My areas of interest are Interstitial Lung Diseases and Sarcoidosis.

I am also a fortunate mom of beautiful twin daughters who are the light of my life and a proud wife of a great OB/GYN physician.

Alexander Hallock, M.D.

Leavenworth VA Medical Center, Site Director

Abebe Abebe, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

John Bonino, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Sushant Gonvindan, M.D.
Kansas City Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Jessica Kalender-Rich, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Geriatrics Rotation Director

David Naylor, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Jessica Newman, D.O.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

Sahil Pandya, M.D. 
The University of Kansas Hospital

Benjamin Quick M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital

Bakul Sangani, M.D.
Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Matthew Sharpe, M.D.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Senior Program Adviser

Stephanie Thompson, M.D.
Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Allergy, Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology
Selina Gierer, D.O.

Cardiology
Jane Titterington, M.D.

Endocrinology
Kristen Grdinovac, M.D.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Motility
John Bonino, M.D.

Geriatrics
Jessica Kalender-Rich, M.D.

Hematology
Heather Male, M.D.

Infectious Diseases
Jessica Newman, D.O.

Medical Oncology
Anup Kasi, M.D., MPH

Nephrology
Kerri McGreal, M.D.

Palliative Medicine
Lindy Landzaat, D.O.
Lori Olson, M.D.

Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Matthew Sharpe, M.D.
Sahil Pandya, M.D.

Quality Improvement
Becky Lowry, M.D.
Marie Brubacher, M.D.
Jessica Newman, D.O.

Residents as Teachers
Jennifer McRae, M.D.
Sidra Raza, M.B.B.S.
Marie Brubacher, M.D.

Rheumatology
Megan Krause, M.D.

Simulation
Laura Thomas, M.D.
Emily Diederich, M.D.

Name and Contact Information

Responsibilities

Suzy Williams
Program Administrator

swilliams16@kumc.edu

  • Resident Reimbursement Requests/Tracking
  • FMLA requests
  • Process required paperwork for off-site/international electives and observer ships
  • Coordination of semiannual reviews (Management of Residents' portfolios), Creation of packets for distribution to Faculty and PD's
  • Event Planning & Coordination (Graduation activities & various parties/activities).
  • KS ACP Poster Printing, etc.- Broxterman and Newman are faculty members that help with this, a Chief Resident will coordinate - We pay for printing, registration and travel fees are deducted from ED Funds
  • Scholarly Activity Tracking (Bonino)
  • Graduation
  • Med-Ed Day

bobbie fink
Senior Coordinator 

bfink@kumc.edu

  • Conference Management - Grand Rounds, Patient Safety Conferences, Journal Club, Morning Report, Noon Conference, Medical Education Day coordination, accreditation, & eeds attendance tracking (live events & podcasts) and reports, and Weekly Conference Schedule preparation/posting
  • Resolve Evaluation Issues
  • Monitor weekly Duty hour entry
  • Orders pagers and completes paperwork for broken or lost pagers
  • Maintains online directory information for Medical Education and Residents
  • Order office supplies, letterhead, business cards, etc.
  • Resident Clinic Tracking/Schedule Make-up Sessions

Abby Hyde
Program Manager

ahyde2@kumc.edu

  • Serve as the central hub for residents
  • Recruitment
  • On-boarding new residents and Orientation
  • Promoting Residents
  • Check Out - Graduating Residents
  • Fellowship Application Letters of Recommendation and Interview Travel
  • ITE Exams
  • Step 3 Exams
  • Compliance Tracking - ACLS/BLS/DEA
  • Website Updates

Anna Sweeney
Program Coordinator

asweeney2@kumc.edu

  • +1 Week Scheduling
  • Verifications
  • QuEST Longitudinal QI Lead
  • Simulation Scheduling
"Our program works extremely hard to support its residents from the chair's office on down."
KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Mailstop 1022
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6000
Fax: 913-588-3995