Owen J. Smith, M.D.

February 5, 1950August 12, 2013

Owen J. Smith, M.D., 63, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Monday, August 12, 2013, at KU Medical Center surrounded by his wife and daughters. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 16th, 11:00 a.m., at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS, with a private burial following in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m., to 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to or to Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO, 64108. Owen was preceded in death by his mother Eileen Kennedy Smith in 2011. His loving family includes his wife of 39 years, Maura; daughters Lindsay, Courtney, and Alexandra; father Norman (Eleanor); brother Mark (Margaret), and niece Jessica. The family is grateful for the compassionate care provided by the staff of KU Medical Center and KC Palliative Care. Owen was born February 5, 1950 in Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate and continued to the University of Nebraska Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Massachusetts. Throughout his career, he was a passionate academic, dedicated clinician, and extensive contributor to professional journals. Owen began his clinical and teaching career in 1982 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, ultimately serving as Chief of Gastroenterology. He also practiced with the Plaza Gastroenterology Associates before continuing his career at Children’s Mercy Hospital as Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Interventional Endoscopy, Department of Gastroenterology. He will be greatly missed as a devoted husband, loving father, and loyal friend.


  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 16, 2013

Owen J. Smith, M.D.

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Todd Barr

May 4, 2014

Dr. Smith treated both my father and me. A very compassionate and skilled physician. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

April 15, 2014

Maura. I just heard. It has been a long time My thoughts are with you. Ed Orlowski.

Rebecca Rockers

December 31, 2013

Dr. Smith was my docent while he was teaching at UMKC Medical School on the Red 3 Unit. He was a wonderful teacher and compassionate physician and I have carried many of his wise words & work ethic into my own career. I just heard today of his passing and am deeply saddened by his loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and three daughters (some of which I cared for at times - along with their fur kids while Maura & he were away on vacation). God bless!

Julie Quickel

September 12, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Smith's passing. My daughter is a complex GI patient at CMH and Dr. Smith scoped her many times. He was always very thorough. He told me once that he didn't always remember patient names, but did remember pouches. We had a good laugh. My daughter has a j-pouch and he definitely remembered hers. We will keep you all in our prayers and are sad to lose such a wonderful doctor.

Lane Sturgeon

August 26, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are a great family that I have gotten to know over the past 19 years.

Lane Sturgeon

August 26, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad to be you neighbor for the past 19 years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thanh-Tung Mai

August 25, 2013

"Please accept My deeply Sympathy to your Family "

Thanh-Tung Mai and Anh Ly
John kennedy Jr. 's Wife aunty & uncle ( Everett WA)

john kennedy jr

August 25, 2013

dear cousin owen!..although..i have not seen you..since your home at forest park..i am 4 years younger than you..and auntie Eileen..gave me ..your forst pair..of hand me down scates!..the your orange shwinn bike..hand down..from youe brother orange shwinn..same as your hair color!..i thaught I was 6-8 years old! were a god me! friends asked me..if you would grow ..out of your hockey stick..and hand itdown to me!..god bless my uncle norm and aunt eilleen..for all my hand downs!..every time..i give a bike a shriner //I think of you!!..lots of the streets..with brand new bikes..because of my cousin owen!!...and bozos ..circus!! made it bucket number 6!! fifty silver dollars ..and a brand new shwinn!!..ok!!..I shared your secret!!..I promised I would not share our secret!!..may god bless you,my kennedy cousin..another FREEBIRD!!

Jan Morabito

August 18, 2013

Thinking of you and your family,--sending prayers, Gene & Jan Morabito

Alice Martin

August 17, 2013

My sympathy to the Smith family. I worked with Dr. Smith at Saint Luke's GI Lab. He was a wonderful teacher, clinician, patient centered physician and wonderful friend. I smile through this sadness because of many fond memories. May you all find solace in your all too short times shared.