UMKC gets $500K gift from late student’s family

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus has received a $500,000 gift to increase its focus on patient safety.

The school says in a news release that the gift comes from the family of Vijay Babu Rayudu (vee-JAY’ bah-BOO’ reye-YOO’-doo). He was a UMKC medical student who died in July 2007.

His parents, Rao (row) and Subbulaxmi Rayudu (suh-BOO’-lawx-mee reye-YOO’-doo), are both physicians in the Memphis, Tenn., area. The couple has another son who is a doctor and a daughter who is a student at the UMKC School of Medicine.

The release says the family believes that establishing an Endowed Chair in Patient Safety makes a contribution to medicine that their son will not be able to provide directly.


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