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University of Kansas Medical Center

The University of Kansas Medical Center, commonly referred to as KU Med, is a medical campus for the University of Kansas. KU Med houses the university's schools of medicine, nursing, and health professions, with the primary campus in Kansas City, Kansas. Other campuses are located in Wichita and Salina, Kansas,[3] and is connected with the University of Kansas Hospital.

The University of Kansas
Medical Center
KU Medical Center logo.svg
TypePublic university
EstablishedJune 21, 1920 (1920-06-21)
Parent institution
University of Kansas
ChancellorDouglas Girod
Executive Vice ChancellorRobert D. Simari
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students3,695 (Fall 2018)[1]
39°3′26″N 94°36′38″W / 39.05722°N 94.61056°W / 39.05722; -94.61056Coordinates: 39°3′26″N 94°36′38″W / 39.05722°N 94.61056°W / 39.05722; -94.61056
CampusUrban, 41 acres (17 ha)
ColorsCrimson and Blue[2]


The School of Medicine was formed in 1905, with several Kansas City hospitals being combined within the next ten years. In 1947, the campus was renamed to the University of Kansas Medical Center.[4] The campus began expanding its programs over the next forty years, and on February 27, 1990, the hospital performed its first liver transplant.[5]

In 1997, the state of Kansas was struggling to keep the hospital and its medical campus open so the state legislature passed a bill to sell the hospital, and keep the medical campus for schooling.[6]

Since the state separated with the hospital, the Medical Center has turned its focus on cancer. In 2002, the KU Cancer Center was established, with the help of the Kansas masons.[7] It became a National Cancer Institute-designated in 2012.[8]


KU Med teaches it courses in both academic buildings, as well as the hospital. KU Med consists of three schools: the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the School of Health Professions. With three campuses spread out in Kansas, the Medical Center employs 4,084 people, with 1,233 of those being teaching faculty.[9] As of October 1, 2018, the KU Medical Center has 3,695 students enrolled.[1]

The current executive vice chancellor, and current dean of the School of Medicine, is Robert D. Simari.[10]

School of MedicineEdit

The School of Medicine, which officially began in 1905 by the Kansas Board of Regents in Kansas City, is the only medical school in Kansas.[11] The school offers seven different degree programs, with the only options as master's program or a doctoral program.[12] The other two campuses are in Wichita, which opened in 1971,[13] and Salina.

School of NursingEdit

The School of Nursing began in 1905, as well. It offers six degrees.[14] The school opened its first satellite campus in Salina in 2017.[15]

School of Health ProfessionsEdit

The School of Health Professions was established in 1974[16] and offers 25 different programs.[17]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b "KUMC: Official Headcount Summary of Enrollment Fall 2014 to Fall 2018" (PDF). October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "KU primary & secondary color palette". University of Kansas. December 29, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "University of Kansas medical school opens smallest U.S. campus to boost rural care". July 25, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "1905-1909". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "KU Med's First Liver Patient Leads to a Full Life" (PDF). Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "KU Hospital was barely breathing 20 years ago. Here's why it's thriving now". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "KU News - Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute receives $300,000 for endowed professorship". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "University of Kansas Cancer Center gets National Cancer Institute designation". July 12, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "KU Medical Center Fast Facts". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Robert D. Simari, M.D., named executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Brownback wants a new medical school in Kansas. Two Kansas City institutions don't". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Degree Programs". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "A Campus Grows In Wichita". May 29, 2018. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Academics". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "KU School of Nursing to open Salina campus this fall". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  16. ^ "About the KU School of Health Professions". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "Academic Programs in the School of Health Professions". Retrieved November 1, 2018.

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