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KCU-COM celebrates 100 years

Historic photos, alumni recognition and a recent gala that raised more than $1 million are all part of KCU-COM’s centennial observance.

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States, World War I was at its midpoint and New Mexico and Arizona had been states for just four years. That’s also the year the Kansas City (Missouri) University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU-COM) opened its doors. Now, 100 years later, the school is celebrating its centennial with a fundraising gala, photos from past and present, a commemorative book, and recognition of influential KCU-COM alums.

The school’s Centennial Gala, held Oct. 22 at Union Station in Kansas City, raised more than $1 million. AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, and AOA CEO Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, were among the guests, along with KCU President and CEO Marc B. Hahn, DO, and AOA Past Presidents Robert Juhasz, DO; Ray Stowers, DO; Karen Nichols, DO; and Eugene Oliveri, DO.

KCU-COM's Centennial Gala raised over $1 million. (Photo provided by KCU-COM)

“KCU has a special place in the history of Kansas City,” Dr. Hahn said in a press release. “We are inspired by the many accomplishments that have been made by those who have gone before us and look to the future of medical education and research with great enthusiasm.” Proceeds from the gala will go toward the KCU-COM Leading the Way centennial campaign, which aims to raise $16 million for a cutting-edge center for medical and surgical simulation.

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