W. Kendall McNabney, M.D.
- "Healing the Veteran:
- Military Medicine and Civilian Medicine"
- Friday, October 28
W. Kendall McNabney is Professor Emeritus, UMKC School of Medicine.
In 1968, he was drafted into U.S. Army and assigned to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. In September 1969, he was deployed to RVN as a board-certified surgeon and assigned directly to 45th Surgical Hospital in Tay Ninh as Chief of Surgery. McNabney and the others slept in an underground bunker, since the unit had the reputation as the "most dangerous hospital in the world.” When U.S. troops returned from excursion into Cambodia, July 1970, the 45th Hospital was closed. McNabney spent last two months of tour as surgical advisor for ARVN Airborne Division.
Completing two years of active duty, he returned to Kansas City General Hospital as Director of Trauma Services which included the Emergency Department. He soon realized that the training of physicians specifically for the ED was the only way to improve quality and quantity of emergency care. Other large city hospitals were coming to the same conclusion. This coincided with parallel improvement in organized EMS systems instead of competing ambulance and uncoordinated hospital care.