Valerie L. Duff, DO

Valerie Duff, DOEducation:

Postgraduate:  UMKC Community and Family Medicine Residency.  Truman Medical Center- Lakewood, 2010
Medical School: Doctorate of Osteopathy, Des Moines University, 2007
Undergraduate: BA Biology, UMKC School of Biological Science

Licensure and Board Certification:

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
American Board of Family Medicine

Dr. Duff’s personal side

Why did you choose to become a physician?

When I was little I used to say I wanted to be a teacher, a doctor and an astronaut.  I now say 2/3 isn’t bad.  I am a doctor who thinks it is important to teach my patients about their bodies and how to be healthy.  Medicine can be very confusing, and I think by teaching my patients it can become a little less overwhelming. 

Why did you choose to become a Family Practice provider?

During medical school I found all of my rotations very interesting, and had a hard time deciding what I would like to spend the rest of my life doing.  Ultimately, I found the right fit with Family Practice.  I could still perform minor surgeries like skin biopsies and cyst removal.  I would be able to deliver babies and, unlike Obstetricians, I would be able to take care of those babies I delivered.  I would see children of all ages and still be able to care for their parents.  I realized I would be building long-lasting relationships with my patients, which is the most rewarding part of my job as a doctor.

What do you like to do with your free time outside of the clinic?

I enjoy spending time with my family.  I am fortunate that both my husband’s family and mine live in the Kansas City Metro area.  We are able to celebrate holidays together and the birthdays of our nieces and nephews.  I enjoy traveling and swimming, especially when I can do both together.  I like reading all sorts of books, although recently it is mostly board books for my daughter’s bedtime stories.