The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

By Dr. William Barnard

Dr. Barnard and his son Luke BarnardI was raised a Kansas boy in a small town in southeast Kansas, I attended the University of Kansas for my undergrad and was performing well in math and the sciences, but didn’t like engineering. After much thought and discussion with friends and my college mates, I decided to give medical school a try. I was accepted to KUMC in 1975 and my new career was born. I came out to Lee’s Summit in 1981 after finishing my residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and 37 years later, the rest is history!

My son Luke grew up in Lee’s Summit, but he caught the KU fever from me! Naturally when it came time for him to pick a college, he only wanted to go to KU. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree, but wasn’t yet ready to commit to more schooling, deciding instead to take a year off and do some traveling. He even traveled to China where he taught English for four months.

Apple Doesn't Fall From the TreeIt also turns out the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and since Luke excelled in math and the sciences as well, off to the University of Kansas Medical School. He currently has two years left before he will graduate and pursue a career in ophthalmology.

Dr. Barnard is a long-time resident of Lee’s Summit and has been with LSPG since 1981. He graduated medical school from the University of Kansas in 1978 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1981. Dr. Barnard is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He enjoys caring for adults of all ages. He lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife and three children.

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