For Dr. Todd Moore, Bethany Nazarene College wasn’t just the school next door, it “was part of growing up” for him. In the same town he fondly remembers visiting his grandparents and attending family functions, Moore attended a university he still calls home, and we now call Southern Nazarene University. As an undergrad at SNU, Moore majored in Chemistry and also minored in Spanish, which was a passion he developed after spending summers on mission trips to South America. Moore then attended Northwestern University where he received his M.D. and completed his residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After practicing for two years, Moore accepted a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston for one year.
Moore and his family then moved to Kansas City, and he started a fellowship program affiliated with St.Luke’s Hospital where he still serves today. The program mentors young surgeons entering the medical field, helps develop their skill sets, and prepares them for a career in medicine. Moore acts as chairman of the department and is involved at the health system level on boards and committees that pay close attention to governance, efficiency, and strategic planning.
Looking back on his experience at SNU, Moore values the mentorship of professors and the investment they made in his education. “A unique thing about SNU,” says Moore, “is how you can become so close to your professors and how they can have a significant role in not just your education, but your life as a whole.” The university strengthened Moore’s belief system and helped him confidently assert himself and his faith into a world of science.
SNU’s pre-med program prepared Moore for a successful career and provided resources to integrate his faith and profession. “Medicine has its limitations and then God has to take over,” says Moore. The Campaign for the Sciences is providing resources for future students to share in Dr. Moore’s experience and is creating a framework for future alumni to make a lasting impact on the world, while holding tightly to God as their foundation. The University’s mission of transforming lives through higher education in Christ-centered community is building a core of educated and faith-centered men and women in medicine.