Recognized for Urology Leadership Locally and Nationally
From Kansas City Medicine, Third Quarter 2020
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Mark S. Austenfeld, MD, FACS, has dedicated his career to helping patients and advocating for the field of urology. Dr. Austenfeld is a founding partner of Kansas City Urology Care and practiced at its Saint Luke’s Hospital location until his retirement from full-time practice in July 2019. Established in 1999, Kansas City Urology Care now has 35 physicians and 20 locations across the Kansas City area.
“Dr. Austenfeld is a fixture in the urological and medical world, both in Kansas City and nationally. He helped establish Kansas City Urology Care, which has grown exponentially. His exemplary career is unmatchable,” said Sam Kuykendall, MD, a colleague at Kansas City Urology Care.
Dr. Austenfeld has helped influence health care policy at the national level through leadership in several specialty societies. As a member of the Health Policy Council of the American Urology Association (AUA) from 2010-2016, he traveled to Capitol Hill each year to meet with congressional legislators on urology agenda items. He also has served as president of the South Central Section of the AUA and president of the American Association of Clinical Urologists.
As a trustee on the American Board of Urology for six years, he was part of the board that eliminated the high-risk exam for recertification and developed a more physician-friendly and useful lifelong learning process.
Dr. Austenfeld practiced general urology with focused professional interests in urological cancers and reconstructive surgery. He performed minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery including robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. He has been a primary investigator for ongoing clinical research trials and a reviewer for several major peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Austenfeld received his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1983. He completed residencies in general surgery and urology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he was chief resident in 1987. He then completed an oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.
After being away for residency, Dr. Austenfeld explains that he and his wife, Jennifer Austenfeld, MD, PhD, were drawn back by their Midwest roots.
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