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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 7, 2014) – Four Warrensburg physicians who have served the University of Central Missouri through their support for student athletes are being honored Saturday, May 10 during annual spring undergraduate commencement exercises. Team Physicians of Central Family Medicine, Douglas Anderson, M.D.; Curtis Dyer, M.D.; David Glover, M.D., and Brent Hoke, D.O., will receive UCM’s Distinguished Service Award during the 10 a.m. ceremony in the Multipurpose Building arena.
The Distinguished Service Award was established by the UCM Board of Governors to recognize individuals who have rendered exemplary and extended services to their communities, the state, and sometimes, throughout the world. The recipients of this award must be people of such integrity, stature, and ability that UCM faculty, staff, students and alumni take pride and are inspired by their recognition.
Drs. Anderson, Dyer, Glover, and Hoke have used their medical knowledge and professional skills to benefit athletes at UCM, in addition to serving their community and assisting people in need of medical care outside the U.S. Following a legacy of outstanding local physicians who have served UCM athletics, Dr. Glover began working with university teams in 1981. Drs. Anderson, Dyer, and Hoke later joined him, and have since dedicated countless hours in service to the university and its athletes. Each physician dedicates at least one morning per week caring for UCM athletes, and at least one physician is available on the sidelines at home football and basketball games. In many cases, they also may join teams traveling to national tournaments.
Their contributions to the teams are in addition to busy family practices at Central Family Medicine, and three of the physicians, Hoke, Glover and Dyer, have attained board certification in sports medicine. In addition to giving their time in service to UCM teams, Team Physicians of Central Family Medicine have donated HeadMinder software, an important tool used to evaluate head injuries to athletes at UCM and Warrensburg High School.
Dr. Glover has co-authored articles and research papers related to heart disease among student athletes, and Dr. Hoke has been involved in clinics in the UCM training room, in addition to helping out with a variety of sports contests at the university.
The team physicians have long histories of service outside their work in UCM athletics. Drs. Hoke and Glover, for example, have served on medical missions trips to Jamaica over the years. They work with church-sponsored clinics in Jamaica, where they spend a week annually caring for the country’s underprivileged and underserved citizens. Dr. Anderson has worked to provide medical care to Johnson Countians who do not have health insurance, and initiated a free clinic more than a decade ago to help those in need. Dr. Dyer and his wife have a special interest in lending support to families of children with autism. Dr. Dyer also has been active in the community as a member of the city council, including spending time in service to the city as a former mayor of Warrensburg.
The award presentation to Team Physicians of Central Family Medicine is one of five special honors to be presented during the Saturday commencement exercises, recognizing the achievements of outstanding students, faculty, alumni and others who have brought honor to the university through their service and achievements. The busy commencement weekend also will include a ceremony for graduate students at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Multipurpose Building. About 1,500 students have met degree requirements and are eligible to participate in spring commencement exercises.