Alan Reid Salkind MD, 65, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on September 3, 2019, in the arms of his wife at St. Luke’s Hospice House, after a short battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Beverly Salkind, and father, Laurence Salkind. He is survived by his devoted wife, Millie; his three daughters, Emily (Norman), Katie, and Stephanie, and his son, Robert; his brother Randy; and his sister Sue Feldman (Stuart).
Alan was a devoted grandfather to his two grandchildren, Amanda (14) and Alex (4). Alan typified “stick-to-itiveness” and once he decided to do something he was relentless until the task was finished with the level of excellence that he expected – he expected this level of excellence from himself and others around him. Once Alan decided he wanted to be a physician, he enrolled at California State University, Northridge with a plan to tackle infectious diseases, primarily AIDS. After finishing medical school at East Tennessee State University College of Medicine, Alan completed a residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. He stayed in NY to complete an Infectious Diseases Fellowship and research training in Immunology at University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Alan was Board Certified in Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Before settling at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Alan conducted AIDS research at the University of Mississippi and was the Medical Director of Infectious Diseases for Heartland Health System in St. Joseph, MO. Alan found his home at UMKC where he earned numerous teaching awards voted by students and faculty, including the prestigious Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award. Alan served on numerous committees and had various roles at UMKC, but the one that brought him the most pleasure was his role as the Assistant Dean for the Selection Council for student admissions. Alan took his role with students very seriously and expected excellence in all that they did. As a skilled diagnostician, he would lead his students through thinking exercises during rounds to help them think more critically about infectious diseases. Alan’s research has been published in many highly regarded scientific journals, including JAMA. He retired from UMKC as Professor Emeritus in 2017. Medicine was Alan’s life. It was what he set out to do and he was excellent at a field that he made his life’s mission.
The Salkind family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, staff, and volunteers at St. Luke’s Hospice House for making his and our last days the most comfortable they could have been. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in tribute of Dr. Alan Salkind.
former fellow ,Kansas City ,Missouri
Sorry to hear about Alan's passing. He touched many lives including patients, but his most significant legacy is the number of students, residents and fellows that he trained.
I hope you find some comfort in this legacy in this difficult time.
Former student ,Baton Rouge ,Louisiana
I was a medical student at UMKC in the late 1990s. Dr. Salkind was a remarkable physician, teacher, and mentor. I am so sorry to hear of his death. His ability to graciously educate those around him (including his colleagues) was unparalleled. He was brilliant, kind, generous with his time and knowledge and made those around him better. I am a better physician for having learned from him. My sincere condolences.
Resident at UMKC ,Kansas City ,Missouri
He was one of my favorite attendings during residency, always kind and professional. He will be greatly missed.
Mentor ,Leawood ,Kansas
Dr Salkind is my favorite teacher and one of the reasons I chose infectious disease as my career. His love for medicine and his very phrase that you have to be like an investigator helped me stick to my dream, he has helped several students with his love and excellence in medicine. I am really sorry for your loss. May God bless his soul in peace.