Jul 17, 2006    #118
Contact: Noemi Rojas, UMKC public relations
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UMKC and TMC announce joint appointments

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and teaching hospital Truman Medical Centers have announced O. John Ma, M.D., as the new chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Julie L. Strickland, M.D., as the interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Both were effective July 1, 2006.

Ma received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been a member of the emergency medicine faculty since 1997. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his research in emergency ultrasound. In addition, he has co-edited 11 textbooks on emergency medicine.

“Doctor Ma brings to his new position excellence in emergency medicine, and more specifically, nationally recognized expertise that strengthens the learning experiences of our students and residents, as well as the care of patients,” said Betty Drees, M.D., dean of the UMKC School of Medicine.

Strickland received her medical degree and completed her residency in OB/Gyn at the University of Missouri–Columbia. She also received a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Kansas. She has been a member of the OB/Gyn faculty since 1983. She has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader in the area of adolescent health and has published extensively in the area of adolescent gynecology and teen pregnancy prevention. In addition to her roles within the OB/Gyn department, she serves as the division head for Gynecology at Children’s Mercy Hospital and as the principle investigator for the federally funded Teen MOMs/StartRight Program at Truman Medical Centers.

“Doctor Strickland’s knowledge and experience with our department and the respect of the faculty will prove to be invaluable in her new capacity,” said Drees. “I am confident that her work will result in a rock-solid department for her successor.”

Mark Steele, chief medical officer for Truman Medical Centers, said doctors Ma and Strickland are both highly qualified, accomplished, and respected physicians who help advance the respective missions of their departments, UMKC, and Truman Medical Centers.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

The UMKC School of Medicine partners with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers, Western Missouri Mental Health Center and the Kansas City VA Hospital. The school offers a combined baccalaureate/doctor of medicine degree program that admits students out of high school. It provides residency training in 15 specialties and 19 subspecialty residency programs. For more information on the UMKC School of Medicine, visit

About Truman Medical Centers

Quality, compassion, technology and innovation are at the heart of Truman Medical Centers. The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County. Recently named one of the nations’ top academic medical centers, TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Health Sciences and specializes in asthma, bariatrics, diabetes, women’s health, and trauma services. For more information, visit


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