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Quinter physician elected president of medical society


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

Dr. Michael Machen, a Quinter physician specializing in family medicine, was installed as President of the Kansas Medical Society on Saturday.

Machen becomes the second physician from Gove County to lead the organization in its 154-year history: Dr. Herman Hiesterman served as KMS President from 1981 to 1982.

Machen is one of Kansas' native sons. Born in Smith Center and raised in Concordia, he graduated from Concordia High School, briefly attended Cloud County Community College and received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kansas. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Tulsa Medical College in 1986, and has been board certified since 1987.

Today, Machen practices medicine at Quinter's Bluestem Medical Group, a practice he joined in 1986. He also regularly provides care at the Sheridan County Clinic and Hospital as well as the Russell County emergency rooms. In addition to his regular practice, Machen serves as medical director for Quinter Ambulance Service and Gove County deputy coroner.

Machen also has a deep interest in supporting the state's medical education system, especially enjoying introducing students to rural practice opportunities. He is the network site director for University of Kansas Medical Center in northwest Kansas and also assists in directing the preceptor program and other rural programs associated with medical education in the area. He has been recognized formally for his teaching skills, receiving the Doug Parks Rural Preceptor Award from KUMC-Wichita (1999), the KAFP Exemplary Teacher Award, part-time category (2005), AAFP's national award for Exemplary Teacher part-time category (2005) and the 2008 Kansas Rural Preceptor of the Year.

Machen and his wife, Susan, are proud of their four children who were present for his installation as president. Samantha (Alsop) is a second-year surgical resident at KUMC. Benjamin is a KU graduate and now an accountant in Norton. Alexandra is a KU graduate and soon will graduate from Emory University with a master's degree in public health. Edward receives his finance degree from KU this month.

The Kansas Medical Society is the state's oldest and largest advocacy organization for physicians. Incorporated in 1859 by the territorial legislature of Kansas, KMS is a member-service organization committed to improving the environment in which our state's physicians practice medicine.