Meet Dr. Hessman

The opportunity here at Salina Regional Health Center is a perfect fit for a person born and raised in Southwest Kansas. My intention was always to return to a rural area after completion of my training at The University of Kansas Health system, and SRHC has provided the perfect opportunity to build a career and settle down with my family, accommodating both professional and personal goals.

My training was completed with a Bachelor's Degree from K-State in Interior Architecture and Product Design, then a post-Baccalaureate study in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas, with research experience in the Biochemistry Department and KU Med prior to entering medical school. Medical School and Pediatric Residency were both completed at KU Med.

The style of medicine developed through all of my training is evidence based, and patient centered, which includes families in discussion and decision making for the care of every individual patient. In my practice communication is key, both with patients and families, as well as all other partners involved in the care of a patient. Other professional interests include medical education as we must take the time to facilitate the education of future physicians, which better strengthens our profession as well as the community at large. Salina has a robust medical community that has performed to superior standards for medical education and my time spent with residents and students is incredibly rewarding.

My wife and children who have supported me through all my years of training remain my most ardent supporters and my career would not be what it is today without them. Together we enjoy exploring all of the opportunities that Salina has to offer and the wonderful civic facilities that have been developed here. My journey to Pediatrics is long and circuitous, and there is no other place better fit for my personal and professional goals. Thank you, Salina, for allowing my family and I to spend our time raising our children here.

  • Medical School: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Pediatric Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS