The Kansas City Medical Society welcomes Betty M. Drees, MD, FACP, FACE, as our 2020 president. Dr. Drees is Dean Emerita of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where she served as dean from 2001 to 2014. Since 2018, she has taken on additional duties as president of the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Concurrently, she continues to serve as an endocrinologist and a professor in the UMKC Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics. In addition, Dr. Drees is the program director for the UMKC Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

Dr. Drees served as KCMS president-elect in 2019 and is a member of the KCMS Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Drees has 30 years in clinical practice, research, education, and administration. Her research interests center around community impact and improved quality of health care, such as prevention of diabetes mellitus and prevention of fractures.  She is the site principal investigator for the Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome (ELM) study, which is a $9 million, six-year, multi-site trial for evaluation of lifestyle intervention for sustained reversal of metabolic syndrome. She is president of the regional American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board.

She began her career with the Veterans Administration in the research Career Development Program, and, in addition to seeing patients for metabolic disorders and diabetes, also helped the hospital system develop its strategy to adopt the use of electronic medical records.

Among her many honors, Dr. Drees is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. She has been recognized by Kansas City’s 435 Magazine (2014) and the Kansas City Business Journal (2013) on their “Best Doctors” lists, by Ingram’s Magazine as one of Kansas City’s Most Accomplished and Successful Women (2008), among MidwestCEO’s Influential Women (2009), and in Kansas City’s Influential Women: Inspiration and mentorship from the women who make Kansas City great, Susan Greenberg, editor (2010).

Dr. Drees obtained her medical degree from the University of Kansas and continued her training at the University of Kansas Medical Center with a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.