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MSMA's 2015-2016 President

John O. Stanley, MD
Kansas City, Missouri

John O. Stanley, MD, a board-certified Family Physician from Kansas City, Missouri, will serve as President of the Missouri State Medical Association in 2015-2016. He was installed in Kansas City, April 18, 2015, during the MSMA’s 157th Annual Convention.

Goals for MSMA during his tenure as President are:

  • To help physicians solidify their status as head of the medical team by informing our patients and our public officials of the differences between medical doctors and other health care providers such as nurses, chiropractors, psychologists, optometrists, and midwives.
  • To encourage all physicians, whether independent or employed, to see the value of becoming involved in legislative matters which affect our ability to practice medicine and care for our patients.
  • To import to all physicians that organized medicine is a unique and powerful voice which speaks up and stands up for physicians. 
Dr. Stanley was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Dr. Charles G. and Bernadine Stanley. Dr. Stanley’s father was in medical school at Creighton at the time of Dr. Stanley’s birth. Upon graduation, Dr. Charles moved his young family back to his hometown of Kansas City, where he became a beloved figure in his community and a family physician in the truest sense of form. Dr. Stanley’s mother still lives in the family home in midtown Kansas City.

Dr. Stanley attended Missouri Western State University, where he played football, and received his bachelor’s degree in biology. After a year of graduate school at University of Missouri - Kansas City, Dr. Stanley enrolled in medical school at University Autonoma of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Stanley and his brother Gerry (now Gerard J. Stanley, MD) lived in a converted school bus while attending medical school.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Stanley moved to the Washington, D.C. area, where he completed his fifth pathway and internship, then his residency in Family Practice, at Prince George’s General Hospital in Cheverly, Maryland. Dr. Stanley worked in the D.C. area for three years before moving back to Kansas City in 1987. Between D.C. and K.C., Dr. Stanley took a break from traditional practice and worked as a cruise ship doctor for Norwegian Caribbean Lines for a couple of months.

Upon his return to the Kansas City area, Dr. Stanley started a practice in Gladstone, where he operated as a solo family physician for ten years. In 1997, Dr. Stanley joined Briarcliff Medical Associates. He and his partners at Briarcliff then joined the multi-specialty group Meritas Health, based at North Kansas City Hospital in 2011.

Dr. Stanley is a true believer in the mission of organized medicine. In addition to his MSMA membership, he is a member and past president of Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City, a member and past president of Kansas City Academy of Family Physicians, and a member of American Academy of Family Physicians, Missouri Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association.

Throughout his career, Dr. Stanley has greatly enjoyed making lasting connections with his patients and their family members through all stages of their lives, and with his “family” of partners and co-workers at Meritas Health Briarcliff. In his spare time, Dr. Stanley starts each day with an early-morning workout at the YMCA. He and his wife Kath frequently attend theater productions, concerts, live music shows, and art openings in Kansas City and elsewhere.

Dr. Stanley is a travel bug, and enjoys any and all new places, but his favorite place of all is his cabin in Grand Lake, Colorado, where he goes with family and friends to hike in the summer and ski in the winter. Dr. Stanley and his wife have five children, John, Suzanne, Ken,Tom, and Luke.








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