John P. Smith, DO, FACOS, Chairman, KCU Board of Trustees

Chairman, KCU Board of Trustees

John P. Smith, DO

John P. Smith, DO, FACOS, is chairman of the KCU Board of Trustees; he has held the chairmanship since January 1, 2017. He previously served as KCU Board vice chair and has been a trustee since 2011. As chairman, Dr. Smith provides guidance to the KCU board in its strategic and fiduciary responsibilities to internal and external stakeholders. During his tenure on the board, Dr. Smith has chaired the Academic, Research and Medical Affairs committee, as well as serving on the Governance, Audit and Executive committees.

Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1971 and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1975.

Following his medical education at KCU, Dr. Smith completed a transitional rotating internship at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and a four-year general surgery residency at Normandy Osteopathic Hospitals in St. Louis, Mo. He also completed a one-year fellowship in clinical nutrition in Chicago, Ill. He was board certified in general surgery and recertified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.

Over the years, Dr. Smith has served in numerous professional societies and committees, including the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, where he served on the Board of Governors, is a past president and holds fellowship status. He served as chairman of the Via Christi Riverside Hospital Board of Trustees. Other societies in which he has participated or held membership include the Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine, the Sedgwick County Medical Society, Sedgwick County Osteopathic Society and American Osteopathic Association, to name a few.

His medical staff appointments include Via Christi Hospitals, where he has served as chief of staff and chairman of the Department of Surgery (Via Christi – Riverside), chairman of Credentials Committee (Via Christi – Wichita) and president of Medical Staff (Via Christi – St. Teresa). Dr. Smith has also been on staff at Wesley Medical Center, Galichia Heart Hospital, Ridgewood Surgery Center, Cypress Surgery Center and Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital, all in Wichita, Kan.

His academic appointments include adjunct faculty positions at Oklahoma State University, University of New England, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Wichita State University and University of Kansas.

Dr. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards and honors recognizing his contributions to the practice and teaching of medicine. For the past 20 years, he participated in and led medical missions to the Dominican Republic and remains active within his home town of Wichita, Kan. Dr. Smith is currently a consultant to Surgical Specialists, PA.

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