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Aug 5, 2008    #078
Contact: John Austin
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Dr. Gary Pettett named Medical Director of UMKC’s Dimond Office of International Medicine

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine has named Gary Pettett, M.D. as the new medical director of the E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Office of International Medicine. Pettett is currently professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at UMKC, as well as director of the Office for Research Integrity and chairman of the Health Sciences Pediatric Institutional Review Board at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He also currently serves on the advisory board for the Dimond International Program and is a Fellow at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City.

“It is just right that Dr. Pettett will take on this task,” said E. Grey Dimond, M.D., UMKC Provost Emeritus for Health Sciences and the international program’s namesake. “He is very able, internationally traveled and loyal to our University.”

The E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Program in International Medicine, in conjunction with the International Academic Programs Office on the UMKC Volker Campus, was established in 2003 to lend support in student and faculty efforts to explore study abroad opportunities. The program also considers requests from students enrolled in foreign medical schools who are looking for clerkship opportunities at the UMKC School of Medicine.

“The Dimond Program is very important in providing students and faculty members the opportunity to experience and gain an understanding of the medical issues and challenges unique to other countries,” said Betty M. Drees, M.D., Dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. “Under Dr. Pettett’s leadership, we are confident that the program will continue to thrive and expand its mission.”

Pettett completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska before earning his medical degree at the University of Indiana in 1971. He began his professional career in the United States Army Medical Corps, rising to the rank of Colonel before retiring from the military and joining the UMKC School of Medicine faculty in 1993.

Pettett is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Missouri State Medical Association. He has also published widely, authoring original articles for prestigious journals such as Pediatrics, Radiology and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“The International Relations Council (IRC) congratulates Dr. Pettett on his appointment as Director of the Dimond International Office of International Medicine,” said Linda Trout, executive director of the IRC. “As the world becomes more interconnected every day, the Dimond Program in International Medicine provides valuable opportunities for faculty and students to learn about other cultures and for foreign medical students to gain perspectives on U.S. medicine. Dr. Pettitt's guidance will enable this outstanding program to grow and to better meet the challenges of the future.”

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. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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