Aug 26, 2008    #084
Contact: John Austin

UMKC names Dr. Lynda Payne as Sirridge Professor of Medical Humanities Professor brings background as both clinician and historian to position

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, in conjunction with the UMKC College of Arts & Sciences, has announced the joint appointment of Lynda S. Payne, Ph.D., to the Sirridge Professorship in the Medical Humanities. Payne, who is currently an associate professor in the History Department of the UMKC College of Arts & Sciences, holds degrees in nursing, medieval history and social work and is a certified respiratory therapist.

“Dr. Payne’s background as both a clinician and a medical historian make her an ideal candidate to fill this important position,” said Betty M. Drees, M.D., dean of the UMKC School of Medicine.

The Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities was established at the UMKC School of Medicine in 1992. The Sirridge Professor works with the director of the office to expand the opportunities to provide humanities courses for both premedical students and students in UMKC's six-year BA/MD program.

“Dr. Payne is an excellent teacher and scholar. She will definitely be an asset to the Medical Humanities program,” said Karen Vorst, dean of the UMKC School of Arts & Sciences. “We’re delighted for her in her new position.” The Sirridge Office was initially funded and coordinated by Marjorie S. and William T. Sirridge, M.D.s, who were founding physician-docents when the School of Medicine opened in 1971.

“The Sirridge family is very pleased that Dr. Payne has accepted this appointment,” said Marjorie Sirridge, M.D. “We feel this is an important part of the education of today’s physicians.”

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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