Dr. Ali Ishrat joined UMKC in fall of 2013 in the Bloch School Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He recently defended his dissertation successfully and will receive a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship from Darden School of Business at University of Virginia. Ishrat’s area of research is entrepreneurial performance, value creation, social entrepreneurship and regional development. His dissertation committee included Saras Sarasvathy, S. Venkataraman, Per Davidsson, and Ed Freeman. Prior to starting his doctoral studies, Ishrat engaged in professional endeavors that include starting and running two companies, working as a manager for large organizations, and teaching. He has an M.B.A. from University of Virginia, and Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics from University of Dhaka. Outside academia, Ishrat’s interests include travelling, photography and politics.
Professor Katherine Ervie is the Program Director and Assistant Teaching Professor of the newly accredited Physician Assistant Program at the UMKC School of Medicine. Ervie completed her Physician Assistant training at Butler University and received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. She has practiced in the areas of orthopedic and cardiothoracic surgery with staff appointments at Saint Luke’s Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital, Research Hospital and Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. In addition to serving as mentor and preceptor to PA students, Ervie has also served as past president of the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants. She also continues to work clinically in the areas of Orthopedic Spine Surgery. Ervie is looking forward to working with an incredible faculty to educate future physician assistants to meet healthcare needs of our community.