UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers appoint Kamani Lankachandra, M.D. as Chair of Department of Pathology

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers are pleased to announce the appointment of Kamani Lankachandra, M.D., as the new Chair of the Department of Pathology for Truman Medical Centers and the UMKC School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Lankachandra has served as Interim Chair and Residency Program Director to the department the last two years.

Dr. Lankachandra received her medical degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and completed her pathology residency at the University of Maryland and Truman Medical Centers. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology – Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and a Fellow of the College of American Pathology.

“The School of Medicine is grateful to Dr. Lankachandra for her service as interim department chair and are pleased to make this a permanent appointment,” said Betty Drees, M.D., dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. “Under her leadership, as both a clinician and educator, our strong pathology residency and educational programs will continue to thrive.”

Dr. Lankachandra’s research interests include the pathology of lung diseases and disorders and she is a frequent contributor to medical journals, including the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Journal of Dermatopathology and Diagnostic Pathology. She is also a frequent speaker and presenter at medical and scientific conferences around the world. This fall, she will be presenting two papers at the Annual European Congress of Pathology meeting in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

In addition to playing an essential and critical role in basic medical education, the UMKC School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology sponsors a four-year residency training program in combined anatomic and clinical pathology. The program is based at Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill, but residents also rotate through three of the School of Medicine’s other affiliated hospitals – Truman Medical Center Lakewood, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Saint Luke’s Hospital. Residents in the program also have the opportunity to gain additional experience through partnerships with the Kansas City Community Blood Center, Midwest Transplant Network and Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office.

About Truman Medical Centers

Truman Medical Centers is a not-for-profit two acute-care hospital health system in Kansas City. The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Departments and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County. Recently named one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Health Sciences and specializes in asthma, bariatrics, diabetes, women’s health, and trauma services. For more information, please call (816) 404-3785 or visit

About the UMKC School of Medicine

The UMKC School of Medicine was founded in 1971 as an innovative combined degree program. From its baccalaureate/MD curriculum to a docent system that emphasizes small group learning, the school has remained a trendsetter in medical education and research. For more information about the UMKC School of Medicine, visit You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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