George Mastio, a Wichita surgeon who served as a catalyst for helping bring the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita to the city and train surgeons across the nation, died Monday. He was 89 years old.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st St.
Dr. Mastio was born Oct. 10, 1925, at St. Joseph, Mo.
He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He attended Park College in Parkville, Mo., for two years before receiving his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas in 1948. He then attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan., from 1948 through 1953 and did his residency at the KU Medical Center from 1955 through 1959.
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Dr. Mastio then moved to Wichita where he opened up a private practice and began working at Wesley Hospital.
“Wichita owes him a tremendous amount of respect and gratitude for what he did,” said his son-in-law, Allen Kaufman, who was one of the surgeons Dr. Mastio helped train.
“He absolutely lived life to the fullest every day and ran his own surgical practice for 30-some years. He was the one who started the surgical training program at Wesley Hospital, which is now run by the University of Kansas.”
His longtime colleague, Sam Kouri said of his friend, “He produced an outstanding residency program. He was well thought of throughout the whole community and did a lot of good things for Wichita.”
Until his retirement in 1992, Dr. Mastio served as a clinic assistant professor of surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, a director of surgery education at Wesley Medical Center, director of graduate and continuing education at Wesley, and was a surgical consultant at the Wichita Veterans Administration Hospital.
At the same time, Dr. Mastio was actively involved in civic and nonprofit organizations across Wichita. In the 1960s, Dr. Mastio was the chairman of the Wichita Art Museum Board and was a member of the board of directors for the Wichita Symphony Society, Rotary Club of Wichita and a member of the board of directors for Citadel Bank.
Dr. Mastio is survived by his children: Ann Mastio (Martin) Bauer; Wichita; John (Dana Fleming) Mastio, Wichita; Katherine (Dr. Allen) Kaufman, West Des Moines, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to the George Mastio Medical Education and Research Fund, in care of the KU Endowment, 1010 N. Kansas,Wichita, KS 67214; or the Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206.