Often considered a forefather of modern Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Kermit Edward Krantz, M.D., Litt.D., FACOG was a world-renowned surgeon, inventor and faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is most known as the co-developer of the Marshall-Marchetti-Krantz(MMK), a medical procedure for urinary stress incontinence for which he performed over 5000.
Dr. Krantz, an identical twin and the youngest of 8 children was born June 4, 1923, in Oak Park, Ill. Kermit worked his way though school college and medical school performing research, curating a museum (for Northwestern Antomy Professor Leslie Arey) and selling newspapers as he lost both of his parents by the age of 13.
Throughout his 59 year medical career, it was always Dr. Krantz's goal to place the patient at the top of the priority ladder, no matter what their race, religion or economic background may have been. Many recognized him as pioneer of equality and is largely credited with desegregating labor and delivery and the nursery in the KU hospital in the early 1960s and championing women’s rights. He was known for teaching his residents to use methods that although may take longer, led to better outcomes. He instilled in his students and residents that Senator's wives deserved the same care as poor factory workers.
He was recognized as a brilliant diagnostician. Even after he retired, he was still sought-after for evaluation of difficult cases and to perform difficult/delicate surgeries.
Dr. Krantz died July 30, 2007 in Kansas City, KS from complications of a stroke.