Dr. Robert Marciano

Dr. Robert Marciano

Life is simple, really, as Dr. Robert Marciano sees it: Take care of your people and your community—and never forget who helped get you there.

Today, Dr. Marciano practices family medicine and obstetrics at Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics in South Dakota, 100 miles from any Walmart and where the weather can be blustery and brutal.

It’s exactly where he wants to be, and he thanks Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for getting him there.

“Everything that I’ve done here is the result of the abilities that I developed at the University learning the art of medicine,” he says.

Early on, Dr. Marciano sought to be part of a medical school and hospital that provided cutting-edge care to rural communities.

“I liked the University from the start,” he says. “I could go, study, likely stay and do my training. To properly train for a rural area, you need to be in an urban area, so you can see everything—not just once or twice—but to get hundreds of those cases.”

Now that he and his wife, Evelyn, are looking ahead at “slowing down,” Dr. Marciano intends to remember KCU for being the stepping stone to his satisfying career path.

The couple recently completed their estate plan, donating their remaining ranch land and other assets, after providing for family, to the University.

“It was easy, just a matter of what we wanted to do,” he says.

As to what he would say to others contemplating a gift to KCU but still uncertain? “Consider how you got there and where you would be had it not been for this University.”

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