Dec 17, 2008    #121
Contact: Hannah Crippen
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Jazz Night to benefit UMKC’s Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics Bobby Watson Quartet will headline black-tie event

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” Hippocrates said it, and the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine’s Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics proves it to be true.

The School of Medicine presents Jazz Night 2009, benefitting the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, from 7-10 p.m., Feb. 21, 2009, at Hallbrook Country Club, 11200 Overbrook Rd., Leawood, Kan. This year’s black-tie event will feature entertainment by the internationally acclaimed Bobby Watson Quartet. Alumni and faculty will come together with the community to celebrate the appointment of the first Endowed Sirridge/Missouri Professorship of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Lynda Payne, Ph.D., R.N.

“The legacy of Dr. William and Dr. Marjorie Sirridge to the School of Medicine and to the Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics will benefit hundreds of doctors and thousands of patients in generations to come,” Dr. Payne said. “Drs. William and Marjorie Sirridge will always be a presence in our lives and in the lives of those who come after us. I am deeply honored and humbled to be chosen to carry forward their legacy.”

Dr. Payne will work with Marilyn Pesto, J.D., R.N., director of the Sirridge Office, to expand opportunities for medical students to study the humanities. Drs. Marjorie and William Sirridge, two founding docents of the School of Medicine, created an endowment in 1992. This marked the beginning of the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities. The office has created innovative humanities courses, an endowed professorship and two annual lectureships – the Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship and the William T. Sirridge, M.D., Medical Humanities Lectureship.

“Medical Humanities at the UMKC School of Medicine will be greatly enriched by the addition of Professor Payne in strengthening a program which has as its goal the development of physicians who respect their work and care deeply about the needs of their patients,” Dr. Marjorie Sirridge said.

RSVP or for more information about Jazz Night, contact Pesto at 816.235.5882 or

About the UMKC School of Medicine

The UMKC School of Medicine offers a six-year baccalaureate/doctor of medicine program that accepts students out of high school. In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, the medical school offers students an integrated program that balances liberal arts and basic medical sciences coursework.

About UMKC

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 four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.


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