Family Practice, Obstetrics

Dr. Machen was born in Smith Center, Kansas, and grew up in Concordia, Kansas. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Kansas and a 1983 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Machen completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Medical College in 1986 in Family Medicine and has been Board Certified since 1987.

Dr. Machen has practiced in Quinter, Kansas since 1986 as a partner at Bluestem Medical and as a staff member at Gove County Medical Center. He also provides care at Sheridan County Clinic and the Russell County Emergency Rooms. Along with his practice, he also serves as the Network Site Director for the University of Kansas Medical Center in Northwest Kansas and assists in directing the preceptorship program and rural programs associated with medical education in this area. Dr. Machen received the Doug Parks Rural Preceptor Award from KUMC-Wichita in 1999. He received the KAFP Exemplary Teacher Award, part-time category in 2005 and then won the national award for Exemplary Teacher part-time category with the American Academy of Family Practice in 2005. He was also awarded the Rural Preceptor of the Year for the State of Kansas in 2008. In 2014, he received the Ad Astra Outstanding Volunteer Award and in 2015 he was the 2015 KEMSA Physician of the Year. Dr. Machen was awarded the Kansas Academy of Family Practice Physician of the Year award in 2018.

Dr. Machen and his wife, Susan have four children, a grandson and a granddaughter. Samantha Alsop is a vascular surgeon at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Benjamin is a KU graduate and now an international tax consultant in Kansas City, Alexandra is a KU graduate with her MPH from Emory University and a PhD in microbiology from KUMC, and Edward is a 2nd year medical student at KUMC. Dr. Machen is an avid KU fan and enjoys hunting and fishing.