Betty Drees, MD, Named Graduate School President

Betty M. Drees, MD

Esteemed physician and educator Betty M. Drees, MD, was appointed president of the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research following the retirement of President William B. Neaves, PhD.

“We are fortunate to have recruited a physician-educator of Betty Drees’ caliber to lead the Stowers graduate program,” says Robb Krumlauf, PhD, a member of the Board of Directors of the Graduate School and scientific director of the Stowers Institute. “Her experience training medical students in the biological sciences will prove invaluable in shaping our young scientists into tomorrow’s leaders.”

With more than twenty-five years in clinical practice, research, education, and administration, Drees is dean emerita and the immediate past dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. She served thirteen years in that role, from 2001 to 2014.

Drees serves as an endocrinologist and a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at UMKC, roles she will continue to serve concurrently with her role in the Graduate School. She currently serves as president of the Community Leadership Board of the Kansas City American Diabetes Association.

“It was an honor to be elected to lead the graduate program at the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute,” says Drees. “The Graduate School has a very committed faculty and talented predoctoral researchers, so I hope the administrative experience I bring can help them continue to grow. I want to help the researchers who join the program meet their career goals and get experience that prepares them for the future.”