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William J. Salyers Jr, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

William Salyers Jr portrait
Professor, Wichita - Internal Medicine

Department Chair, Chair Department of Internal Medicine and Neurology, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita

Professional Background

I began my medical training the first 2 years in medical school at KU School of Medicine - Kansas City and then completed the last 2 years of medical school at KU School of Medicine - Wichita, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2003. Following medical school training, I began my residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita and served as PGY3 Chief Resident my final year of training until graduating from residency in 2006. Following residency training, I joined the faculty with KUSM-W Internal Medicine Department as an Assistant Professor and Hospitalist.
Prior to starting fellowship training in Gastroenterology in 2008, I completed a Master of Public Health degree through the University of Kansas School of Medicine and also dedicated additional time working in hospice care prior to obtaining board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. I completed fellowship training in Gastroenterology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, FL in 2011 and returned to the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita where I am currently Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Neurology, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Director of Hepatology, and Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Education and Training
  • MD, Doctor of Medicine, Univ. of Kansas-Medical Ctr., Wichita, Kansas



My focus areas for research have centered around Liver and Pancreas cancers and diseases as well as Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer. I have made a commitment to remain active in clinical research and have set a goal of submitting abstracts to the two largest national GI meetings (ACG and DDW) every year along with regularly publishing results from research related activities. I have worked closely with Internal Medicine residents as well as medical students to help them develop research skills and conduct research projects and presentations. We have been very successful on several projects in having projects accepted for presentation at national meetings and receiving recognition for the quality of abstracts and work presented. I have focused my publications on gastroenterology topics since completing fellowship training in GI/Hepatology but previously had worked on a variety of topics within general Internal Medicine.