Dr. Phillip L. Accardo, DO, FACOFP

Dr. Phillip L. Accardo, DO, FACOFP, 83, of Lee’s Summit, MO went to be with his mother, father, and son, Phillip, in heaven on Aug. 27, 2015. Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept 4 from 5-7pm at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. Funeral service will follow promptly at 7:15pm. Private burial at Mt. Olivet cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to BackSnack at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church.

Phillip was born on Dec. 30, 1931 in Cheyenne, WY. He graduated from Glennon High School in 1949 and Rockhurst University in 1953. From 1953-1955 he served in the US Army in Medical Field Service School. In 1959 he attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his Doctorate of Osteopathy. He had a private family practice in Independence from 1960-1999 and Locum Tenens from 2000-present. He was a member of Harvard Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) Study for Osteopathic Medicine and a Technical Expert Panel (Appointment July 1991). In January 2008 and 2009 he went on a medical mission trip to Rural Falmouth, Jamaica. From 2005-2011 he was a volunteer physician at the Jackson County Free Health Clinic. See below for a full list of his achievements.

He was a great man with lots of wisdom. He was loved by all. He had many friends, colleagues, kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He hung on for every significant event that was scheduled for this year. Including the birth of his fifth great-grandchild, the graduation of three grandkids from college, one with a bachelors, one with a masters, and one with a doctorate in pharmacy. He was a family practice physician for 40 years in Independence. He was not only just a physician he was a great, hard working, caring physician. He was also involved in Osteopathic politics for many years and although that took a lot of time away from his family, he made an impact on growing Osteopathy nationwide. He will be an everlasting memory for all of his children, grandchildren, and Glenda Accardo, his wife for 39 years. Phillip Accardo you will be missed by many but never forgotten. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.

Complete List of Achievements:

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathy
Kansas City, Missouri, (DO), 1959

Rockhurst University
Bachelor of Science
Kansas City, Missouri, 1953

Glennon High school
Kansas City, Missouri, 1949

Medical Internship
Hospitals of UHS/ COM, Kansas City, Missouri, 1959-1960

MILITARY SERVICE
U.S. Army Medical Field Service School, 1953-1955
Rank: Staff Sergeant

PRIVATE PRACTICE
Family Practice of Osteopathic Medicine
Solo and Small Group Practice
Independence, Missouri, 1960-1999
Locum Tenens, 2000-Present

HOSPITAL STAFFS: Offices and Committees
University Health Sciences, Kansas City, Missouri (Now closed)
Chief of Staff, 1964-1966
Vice-Chief of Staff, 1963-1964
Chairman: Dept. of General Practice, 1966-1967
Vice-Chairman: Dept. of General Practice, 1965-1966
Committees:
Executive (Chairman), Membership (Chairman), Intern and Resident (Chairman),
Monthly Review, Tissue and Surgical Audits, Records and Medical Audits, Pharmacy (Chairman),
Grievance (Chairman) and ICU
Board of Trustees, University Health Sciences, 1972

Park Lane Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri (Now Closed)
Department of General Practice
Committees:
ICU and Intern
Park Lane foundation

Medical Center of Independence, Missouri
Department of Medicine and Family Practice
Committees:
Credentials, Medical Audits, Library, Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Independence Regional Health Center, Independence, Missouri
Department of Family Practice
Committees:
Credentials, Medical Audits, Outpatient and Emergency Room and Utilization Review

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Certified, 1973: Re-certified in Family Practice, 1995

American Osteopathic Association
House of Delegates, 1974-2011
Board of Trustees, 1994-2007
Chairman: All Departments

Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
President, 1976-1977
Board of Trustees, 1971-1978

Jackson County Osteopathic Medical Association
President, 1967-1968

University Health Sciences/ College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association
President, 1972

Independence, Missouri
City Health Department Advisory Board 1977-1989

Teaching Staff: University Health Services, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Family Practice)
Lecturer in Physical Diagnosis
Teacher in Family Practice

Kansas City Blue Shield: Osteopathic Medical Peer Review
Member: Chairman, 1969-1976

Health Care Foundation Missouri, PSRO Support Center
Central Committee, 1974-1975

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Member, 1966-Present
Advisor, Student Chapters, ACOFP, UHS/ COM
Certified, 1973: Re-certified in Family Practice, 1995
Fellow Award, 1982

Missouri College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Member, 1966-Present
Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

American Osteopathic Association
Member, 1959-Present
House of Delegates, 1974-Present
Committee on Colleges, 1989-1991
Third Vice-President, 1994-1995
Board of Trustees, 1994-2007
Chairman: All Departments
Committees: Member and Chairman of Virtually Every Committee

Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
Member, 1959-Present
Life Member, 2001
Distinguished Service Award, 1989
Medallion Award 2008
President, 1976-1977
Board of Trustees, 1971-1978
Committees:
Medicare-Medicaid Review, 1967-1969
Peer Review (Chairman), 1970-1974
Convention and Planning, 1971-1972
Health Insurance Relations, 1974-1975
Budget, 1978-Presentt
Long Range Planning Membership

Jackson County Osteopathic Medical Association
Member, 1959-Present
President, 1967-1968
Board of Governors
Grievance Committee
Trustee to Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons

University Health Services, College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association
President, 1972
Trustee (Missouri), 1966
Board of Directors, 1966-1973
Committees: Awards, Membership and Nominating
Alumni Service Award 2011

Wetzel Foundation
Board of Trustees, 1971-1978

National Osteopathic Child Health Conference
General Chairman, 1966
Program Chairman, 1965

Kansas City Area Medical Council
MoKan I and II Civil Defense Disaster Test Program (Umpire)

Independence, Missouri City Health Department
Advisory Board, 1977-1989

Teaching Staff: University Health Services, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Family Practice)
Lecturer in Physical Diagnosis
Teacher in Family Practice

Southwest Clinical Society
Secretary-Treasurer, 1977-1980

Kansas City Blue Shield Osteopathic Medical Peer Review
Member: Chairman, 1969-1976

Health Care Foundation Missouri
Central Committee, 1971-1972

Health Care Foundation Missouri, PSRO Support Center
Board of Directors, 1974-1975

Northwest Missouri PSRO Area 1
Bylaws Committee, 1975

Health Care Foundation Missouri
Central Committee, 1971-1972

PROFESSIONAL FRATERNITIES
Iota Tau Sigma (Social Osteopathic)
Member, National Member, Advisor-UHS and COM

Sigma Sigma Phi (National Honorary Osteopathic)
Member, National Member,

Rho Sigma Chi (National Honorary Osteopathic)
Member, National Member,

PUBLIC SERVICE
Harvard University: School of Public Health
Member, Harvard Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) Study for Osteopathic Medicine
Member, Technical Expert Panel (Appointment July 1991)

Medical Missions, Rural Falmouth, Jamaica
January 2008
January 2009

Jackson County Free Health Clinic Volunteer Physician, 2005-2011


19 Comments

  1. Walter Fulps

    RIP old friend.

  2. Richard Turnbow

    Dr. Accardo was my pediatrician when I was a child. As a young man in the workforce, his son was a workmate. Now that his life has ended, I ask all to reflect on his accomplishments & the lives he touched. Blessings to the Accardo family & strength for their grief.

  3. Judy Ajluni

    Dr. Accardo was a truly dedicated physician D.O. And a very good friend to my husband and I! We shared many good times with he and his wife, Glenda!! This was when he was serving on the AOA board of trustees!! We traveled together and enjoyed special times together!! He was lots of fun and great to be with!!
    He will be missed by all, especially his lovely family led by his wife!!
    We want to express our deepest Sympathy to the family and want them to know that we are keeping them in our prayers at this difficult time! We send them our Love and condolences! Keeping memories close in heart, Peter and Judy Ajluni

  4. Ginny Campbell.

    What a consummate physician and friend. I was fortunate to practice with Phil for seven years at the independence clinic. I cherish the additional years I knew his family and enjoyed their company. No words can describe what a lovely and caring person Phil exemplified. Rest in peace. You did yourself beyond proud.

  5. Susan Keyton

    Farewell Friend! I remember the “Ranger” little league games, the times we shared and many memories. God bless you on your journey.
    Peace and prayers to all the family.
    Respectfully, Susan

  6. Tracy Banks

    So sorry for your loss. Dr. Accardo was my family physician for years. He was an amazing man and will be missed by many.

  7. Dr. Kathy Chartrand

    Dr. Acardo led by example. A distinguised gentleman, I had the pleasure of working with him during my internship at the Big Top. I only hope I can be half the physician he was.

  8. Sandi Davison

    Glenda and family…..When your hearts are empty, filling them with happy memories of Phillip can help you find your smiles. It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you all were a special part of such a beloved life.

    Wish you a rainbow…now and forever.

  9. Pam Wishon

    Dr. Accardo took care of my family beginning around 1980. We stayed with him until his retirement. Dr. Joseph Yasso would go to a convention or vacation and Dr. Phil woukd cover for him at the Lee’s Summit office. He would get up on the table and cross his legs and talk with you. He was a fantastic doctor and an even greater person. My thoughts and prayers are with the Accardo Family, and know you will be reunited again.

  10. Jessie Parker

    I only knew Dr. Accardo from my short time working at the office, but he was always such a nice person. He always took the time to say hello and see how I was doing even if it was ridiculously busy. That always meant a lot to me. My prayers are with the family. RIP Dr. Accardo

  11. Joe Pruet

    Phil is the brother of my aunt’s husband, Nate. Years ago Phil performed out patient surgery on me on a very private part of my body. Phil , in his best sense of bedside humor, said:”Joe-this is going to hurt you a lot more than it hurts me”. I will miss his wit.

  12. Mike Larson

    DR ACCARDO WAS THE FINEST MAN I EVER MET.
    He doctored my children, my wife, and myself for 30 plus years! Patty and I will miss him, his care, and sense of humor terribly! Dammit, Doc, why did you have to leave? I suppose you were needed to take care of folks up there.

    With Love, Mike and Patty Larson

  13. Jeana Wilcox

    Heaven just got one amazing mission-minded selfless man. Will miss you always.

  14. Debbie Deihl Kerr

    Dr. Accardo was my doctor since I was 6 weeks old he delivered both of my sons . He would set and talk to you always treated his patients like family. He was a wonderful man and he will be sadly missed. Many prayers for the family heaven just received a true angel. God Bless.

  15. The Whitney Family

    Dr. Accardo delivered me 38 years ago. He was our family physician as well. We remember him as a kind, caring, and compassionate professional doctor. His heart was always in his work and he cared about every patient he saw. He wanted to do his best for each patient as well as for the field of medicine. He was a remarkable man who touched so many lives and left a mark on many hearts. Best wishes to your family and friends who will miss you greatly.

  16. Janice woods baltzell

    I first meet Dr Accardo in1962. I was a 19 year old young bride with a 16 month old baby and another on the way. He helped me raise my children especially when I didn’t know what I was doing. He was my doctor until his retirement. God bless your family. Heaven just got a special gift in you.

  17. Kathy Russum Longanecker

    Dr. Accardo was our family dr. over 35 yrs. We were truly blessed to have known him. He was funny and kind, caring and compassionate. Since moving to Ks. I have not found any doctor to equal him in any way. He was all about common sense, and took the time to let you know he cared. I saw him last when he came to my fathers funeral, and I can still feel his hug of condolence. He touched so many people in this life and will be greatly missed.

  18. Mark Pelikan

    To Glenda,

    Phil will truly be missed by everyone. I speak for the rest of the organization and myself when we say our prayers are with you.

    Mark

  19. I knew Doc from working in the pharmacy, and he was onef of my favorite people to help, such a happy go lucky spirit. My prayers are with Glenda and the many family members who are filled with grief and sorrow. What an angel heaven recieved. I was very saddened to hear he had passed.
    R.I.P. Doc.