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KCMS Adopts AMA policy on Restrictive Covenants

The KCMS board of directors voted to adopt the current AMA policy on restrictive covenants (more commonly referred to as non-compete agreements.) This policy takes the position of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs which recommends that… click the post title to continue reading.

Inspiring Leadership: Dr. Joshua Mammen

Inspiring Leadership: Dr. Joshua Mammen Given all that is happening in health care, it is more important than ever for physicians to voice their opinions, whether conversations are taking place within politics, health care organizations, or communities. Metro Med is asking some physician leaders within our community how others can follow in their footsteps and become inspiring leaders. This week’s discussion is with Dr. Joshua Mammen of the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Vice Chair of Research in Department of Surgery. After growing up in Kaplan, Louisiana, Mammen completed his undergraduate and medical training at Boston University. After completing his General Surgery Residency at the University of Cincinnati, he went on to a clinical fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. During this time, he also completed a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the University of Cincinnati. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society for Surgical Oncology. A member of the Metro Med board of directors, Mammen is also the State Chair for Kansas for the Commission on Cancer, the Chair of KUMC’s Cancer Committee, and Chair of the Kansas Cancer Partnership Early Diagnosis and Detection Committee. What has driven you to take leadership roles? I grew up around the time when C. Everett Koop was the surgeon general. He was a pediatric surgeon, but his impact is probably not the surgeries that he did on all those kids. The...

Inspiring Leadership: Dr. Michael O’Dell

Inspiring Leadership: Dr. Michael O’Dell Given all that is happening in health care, it is more important than ever for physicians to voice their opinions, whether conversations are taking place within politics, health care organizations, or communities. Metro Med is asking some physician leaders within our community how others can follow in their footsteps and become inspiring leaders. This week’s discussion is with Dr. Michael O’Dell, a professor and chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is also associate chief medical officer at Truman Medical Centers, serving primarily at the Lakewood Campus in eastern Jackson County. A graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Kansas Medical Center, O’Dell is also president elect of the Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City. His career has included stops in Texas, Alabama and Mississippi, where his duties included serving as chief quality officer and Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. O’Dell also served as president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians. O’Dell is a retired captain from the U.S. Navy. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal and other awards during his Navy career, and he deployed during the first Gulf War. O’Dell is also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. What has driven you to take leadership roles? I think it’s important, and I’m going to do a little Saul Alinsky on you – if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem – and Gandhi – you have to be the change you...

Inspiring Leadership: Dr. Melinda Estes

Inspiring Leadership: Dr. Melinda Estes Given all that is happening in health care, it is more important than ever for physicians to voice their opinions, whether conversations are taking place within politics, health care organizations, or communities. Metro Med is asking some physician leaders within our community how others can follow in their footsteps and become inspiring leaders. Today’s conversation is with Dr. Melinda Estes, who took over as president and chief executive officer of Saint Luke’s Health System in September 2011. Board certified in neurology and neuropathology, Estes also holds an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Saint Luke’s, she served as president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. Estes’s other executive positions have included serving as: chief executive officer and chair of the Board of Governors of Cleveland Clinic Florida; executive director of business development at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Florida; and executive vice president and chief of staff for the MetroHealth System in Cleveland. Why is it important for Saint Luke’s Health System to have good physician leaders? I believe all physicians are leaders – you are leaders for your patients, you are leaders in your practice, you are leaders when you participate in your societies. But I think that taking that step to take on administrative roles is important because physicians, along with nurses and allied health professionals, are really the line workers of health care. We are the ones who understand the inner-workings of delivering care and doing that in a clinically effective and high-quality way. That is particularly...