Provider Profile

J Chris Perryman, MD
Saint Luke’s Care Member

Provider Profile

J Chris Perryman, MD

Internal Medicine


Medical School
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
Med/Internal, Saint Luke's Medical Education Department, Kansas City, MO

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Titles

  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine

Clinical Interests

  • internal medicine


J. Chris Perryman was born April 10, 1950 and raised by his parents Roy and Arvilla Perryman in Wichita, Kansas, the airplane capital of the world. By the time he was 8 years old he is alleged to have announced to his grandmother he was for certain going to be a doctor when he grew up.  When he started work at age 13 (they didn’t check IDs then) his first boss told Chris he wouldn’t be able to afford to go to college.  Fortunately, Yale University had a financial needs policy and off Chris went to an East coast experience he will forever cherish. After majoring in Biology he returned to his Midwestern roots and graduated from Kansas University Medical School in 1976. Choosing a residency program was not easy. He finally opted for Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City as it provided exposure to the traditional rigors of a university academic residency along with a private hospital/private attending experience. He finished his residency in 1979 and has been a part of the Saint Luke’s System now for 34 years. 

Chris’s professional career has been filled with a variety of interests and pursuits.  Professional organizations have always been important in his life because of his belief that advocacy for physicians is best done by physicians. He has been involved since residency with the ACP (currently on the Mo. chapter education committee and past and current member of the council, obtained Fellowship status in 1997 thanks to the encouragement of Max Berry, MACP and Robert Wilber, FACP).  He became active in the ASIM when he started practice and was president elect of MSIM when the merger with the ACP took place.  He received the Young Internist of the Year award from MSIM in 1995. He has remained a loyal supporter of the AMA, MSMA, and Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City throughout his career.  He continues to belong to the Greater Kansas City Society of Internists and has supported the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society.  He served for years as an officer of the Metropolitan Health Care Foundation Board.

Chris has had a special interest in health care delivery systems and his CV is replete with participation and active involvement in the physician arms of those entities.  Highlights include being executive vice president/medical director of an IPA, president of the physician organization of Healthnet of Kansas City (a former provider owned health plan, where he also served as chairman of the board). He has lectured on managed health care, physician employment contract issues, physician governance issues, and he has a special interest in helping prepare residents for the ambulatory care practice environment.

The day-to-day practice of medicine and education has remained Chris’s strongest passion.  He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine with the UMKC School of Medicine, has served on the internal medicine residency curriculum committee for 31 years, and has enjoyed past opportunities to be an assistant program director, faculty advisor on resident research projects, resident counselor, Saint Luke’s clinical coordinator for internal medicine resident clinical competence exams and a medical student preceptor.  For 30 years he rounded regularly at the bedside with residents and misses the frequency of bedside interaction given the new Hospitalist format at his institution.  He sits now on the Joint Board/Medical staff education committee.  He has been a major donor to the medical education endowment society of the Saint Luke’s Foundation.

Being a small fish in a system historically driven by tertiary care/ subspecialty interests led Chris to embark early on in his career in improving the internists’ influence and representation at his local hospital.  He served two terms as one of the youngest ever medicine department chairs, followed by the traditional climb to Chief of Staff of the Medical Staff.  In 1992, after thirteen years in a small three-person private practice, he and his partner Mitch Hamburg worked with a gutsy CEO, Chuck Lindstrom and one of the wisest physicians he has known, R. Don Blim (past president of the American Pediatric Association) to see fulfillment of a dream: a large primary care clinic at Saint Luke’s Hospital.  Chris has been medical director of the clinic, Saint Luke’s Internal Medicine, since it opened and the physician organization has grown to over 70 physicians with multiple sites under the umbrella of the Saint Luke’s Medical Group.

Chris strongly adheres to the quote: “behind every successful man, lies a wise woman”.  He met his wife, Kathy, when he was a resident and she was an ICU nurse.  It truly was, for him, love at first sight! They have been married for almost 33 years and she remains his best friend, always encouraging him to be his best and nearby to support him up when he falters.  Kathy went on to medical school, practices as a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and is a past president of the Missouri Society of Anesthesiology.  Chris and Kathy have 4 children:  Natalie, a graduate of Wellesley College with post-graduate work in anthropology; Katie, who is getting her Masters in Education from Rockhurst University; Max, who is at Colorado College in Colorado Springs; and Mollie (Max’s twin sister) who is at Tufts University in Boston.

Chris’s present life is full with his active clinical practice, development of a fully functioning EMR in the clinic, sitting on the Saint Luke’s System Board, Saint Luke’s Home Health and Hospice Board and the Saint Luke’s Medical Group Board. He is actively involved in a campaign to establish a second hospice house in Kansas City, supports Troop 16 of BSA (where he served as assistant scout master when his son was in scouting) and is active in community philanthropic ventures. He has attended St. John’s United Methodist Church since 1981.  When not busy with his practice, projects, or family travel he likes to read, take walks with the family’s new border collie, and simply relax and be grateful for being blessed with such a wonderful life. 

Accepted Insurances

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna Choice POS II Aexcel Local
  • Aetna Choice POS II Local
  • Aetna Elect Choice
  • Aetna Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna HMO Local
  • Aetna Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
  • Aetna Managed Choice
  • Aetna MDOT & Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Missouri Preferred
  • Aetna MU myChoice Health Program
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select
  • Aetna Select Local
  • Aetna Signature Administrators (ASA)
  • Aetna Workers Comp
  • BCBS of Kansas (call provider)
  • BCBS of Kansas City (PPO)
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network Select
  • BCBS of Kansas City Preferred Care
  • BCBS of Kansas City Preferred Care Blue
  • BCBS of Kansas City Traditional
  • Century Health Solutions (PPO)
  • Cigna (HMO)
  • Cigna (Open Access)
  • Cigna (PPO)
  • CompResults (WC)
  • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
  • Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra (PPO)
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Choice of Northwest Missouri (PPO)
  • Healthcare USA-MC+ (Aetna Better Health)
  • HealthLink (HMO)
  • HealthLink (PPO) through Freedom Network
  • Home State Health Plan (Missouri practices)
  • Humana (PPOx)
  • Humana Choice Care (PPO)
  • Humana Choice PPO (Medicare Advantage PPO)
  • Humana Gold Choice Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO SNP
  • Humana SmartExpress PPO
  • Humana SmartNet PPO
  • Humana SmartSuite PPO
  • HumanaOne
  • Integrated Health Plan
  • Kansas Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Missouri Care (Missouri practices only)
  • Missouri Medicaid
  • MultiPlan/PCHS (PPO)
  • Occupational Health Management (WC)
  • OHARA Managed Care (WC)
  • ProviDRs Care Network (formerly WPPA)
  • Pyramid Life (Medicare Advantage PPO)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Sunflower State Health Plan (Kansas practices)
  • Triwest Veterans Affairs Patient Centered Community Care
  • United Healthcare Choice
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • United Healthcare Definity Health Reimbursement Account
  • United Healthcare Definity Health Savings Account
  • United Healthcare Golden Rule HMO
  • United Healthcare Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Managed Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select
  • United Healthcare Select Plus
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DH
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DH-POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DP
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare RDP
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Choice
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Choice Essential
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete Essential
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete Plus
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare DH
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Plus Essential
  • US Department of Labor

On Staff At

  • Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City