Remembering Dr. Jacob “Jake” McGuire

Dr. Jake McGuire, DDS, PhD, passed away October 17, 2018 following an ongoing health battle with Myasthenia Gravis. He served as interim chair and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and a research assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry. He did his undergraduate studies at UMKC College of Arts and Sciences and graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 1998. After completing two years of advanced endodontic specialty training at the University of California at Los Angeles, he practiced clinical endodontics for 8 years. Upon returning to an academic career, he completed an interdisciplinary doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and Pharmacology at the UMKC School of Graduate Studies in 2014, where his doctoral work received the UMKC 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award. After completing his PhD, he joined the UMKC faculty where he teaches/mentors pre-doctoral dental students and dentists pursuing advanced specialty training. In 2017 and 2018, he was chosen by his students as “Lecture Instructor of the Year.” In addition, his research was focused on characterizing the biochemical and structural composition of the interfacial region of the dentin-enamel junction in adult teeth. In addition to receiving an NIH F32 grant to support his research, his work resulted in several peer-reviewed journal publications.

In 2017 he was asked by the DDS Class of 2019 to share a keynote address at their “Transitioning Into the Profession Ceremony.” During this keynote he began by saying “we are in the presence of a unique, talented, and diverse group of professional men and women and we recognize and welcome their entry into dentistry’s clinical element and the treasure that lies within. He went on to emphasize three points: (1) Your time is gold (2) Commit to practicing evidence based dentistry (3) You will provide care to many stars (patients). He concluded by stating, “The most important thing will not be what or how much you achieved. The most important thing will be people. The relationships that you have established and nurtured. For you are not in the business of dentistry, ultimately, you are in the business of people. All the best and never stop learning. Thank you.”  A full version of his keynote address is available here.

Dean Marsha Pyle noted, “Dr. McGuire gave each of us so much hope and motivation for the future. His legacy will carry us forward in our daily work.”

Dr. McGuire was beloved by his family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients. He had a gentle and sincere smile and spirit. He knew the importance of the moments he had with others and cherished them. He truly made a difference within the School of Dentistry community and beyond.
The funeral for Dr. Jake McGuire is Tuesday, October 23, at Redeemer Presbyterian, 159th & Antioch, Overland Park, KS. An online guestbook to share comments is available through Penwell-Gabel Funeral Services, Olathe, KS
Visitation: 9-10 am
Service: 10-11 am
Lunch to follow

Memorials can be sent to the McGuire home address:

Jacob McGuire Family
3408 E 187th Street
Belton, MO 64012

They will donate memorials to Myasthenia Gravis Association or individuals can donate directly to the Association in Jake’s name.