Aug 5, 2008    #077
Contact: John Austin

Dr. Charles Van Way named Sosland Chair in Trauma Services Joint appointment from UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Center

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Charles W. Van Way, III, M.D. as the Sosland/Missouri Endowed Chair in Trauma Services. Van Way, who joined the UMKC School of Medicine faculty in 1988, is the immediate past Ralph Ringo Coffey Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery. He also holds clinical appointments at Truman Medical Center (TMC) and St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

“The UMKC School of Medicine is pleased to congratulate Dr. Van Way on this prestigious appointment,” said Betty M. Drees, M.D., Dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. “His expertise and leadership in the field of shock and trauma extends from the laboratory to the classroom to the clinic.” After receiving his undergraduate degree from Yale University, Van Way earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University. His postgraduate training included residencies in both general surgery and thoracic surgery, and a fellowship in clinical pharmacology, at Vanderbilt University. Van Way joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1972, rising to the rank of Colonel before retiring from the military in 2003.

Prior to joining the UMKC faculty, Van Way served in various capacities for the Denver VA Medical Center, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Medical Center, the Halsted Laboratory for Surgical Research in Colorado and Denver General Hospital. Over the course of his career, Van Way has published extensively, including more than 90 papers accepted by peer-reviewed journals and over 250 book chapters review articles and editorials. He has authored or co-authored seven books, and has contributed papers and/or been an invited presenter at nearly 200 scientific meetings. He has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and of Nutrition in Clinical Practice, and has served on several other editorial boards.

Van Way is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Surgical Association, the American Medical Association, the American Thoracic Society, the Shock Society, the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He is the immediate past president of the Missouri State Medical Association, and vice-president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He serves on the Residency Review Committee for Surgery of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

“The Sosland Family is delighted with the appointment of Dr. Van Way to this chair,” said Morton Sosland, chairman of the Sosland Foundation. “We are confident his appointment will strengthen the pioneering work at UMKC-Truman Medical Center in trauma treatment and research and look forward to great progress under his leadership.” “Dr. Van Way brings a wealth of shock and trauma clinical and research experience to this position which dovetails very well with our commitment to Level 1 trauma care at Truman Medical Center,” said Mark Steele, M.D., chief medical officer at TMC.

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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