North Kansas City Hospital has named Keenan Berghoff, MD, medical staff president. He began his one-year term July 1.
In this role, Dr. Berghoff acts as a liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s administration, chairs the Medical Executive Committee and provides leadership to his colleagues. Dr. Berghoff is medical director of Bariatric Surgery, a bariatric surgeon with the Total Weight Loss Center and a surgeon with Meritas Health Comprehensive Surgery. He has served NKCH in various capacities, including as Department of Surgery chair and Surgery Advisory chair.
Dr. Berghoff has been a member of the Ad Hoc, Infection Control, Medical Executive and Resource Utilization committees, as well as Medical Records chair and Operating Room Subcommittee chair. Becoming medical staff president was a natural step for Dr. Berghoff.
“My committee involvement has given me perspective on the vital connection physicians have with this organization,” Dr. Berghoff said in a hospital news release. “One cannot function without the other. As a voice for our physicians, I want to do my part to make that connection successful – so we continue to provide the best in patient care.”
In making the announcement, Interim Chief Medical Officer Steven Starr, MD, praised Dr. Berghoff’s compassion for patients and leadership style. “In addition to his deep understanding of the needs of patients in the Northland, Keenan possesses the unique ability to quickly form connections and build strong relationships,” Dr. Starr said. “I am confident he will provide an environment that fosters our culture of evidence-based patient care and collegiality.”
Dr. Berghoff praised the hospital administration’s support of physicians. “The relationship administration has with physicians is unique in that we are front and center in decision-making as we advocate for patients,” Dr. Berghoff said. “We’re fortunate we have such collegial relationships.”
A bariatric surgeon for more than 20 years, Dr. Berghoff earned his medical degree from Indiana University. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery at the Texas Endosurgery Institute, San Antonio.
Dr. Berghoff is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic Bariatric Surgery, as well as a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. He is board certified in general surgery. He succeeds Alexis Meredith, MD, a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician with Meritas Health Pulmonary Medicine.