Introducing Kansas City's new
Health Sciences District
A cooperative partnership formed by 12 neighboring health care institutions on Hospital Hill.

What is it?

The UMKC Health Sciences District strives to be a premier academic health district, engaging in cutting-edge biomedical research and entrepreneurship, delivering state-of-the-science health care, and educating the next generation of health care professionals.

Health Care Partners

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City and its
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Dentistry
    • School of Nursing and Health Studies
    • School of Pharmacy
  • Truman Medical Centers
    • University Health
  • Children’s Mercy
  • Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department
  • Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine
  • Jackson County Medical Examiner
  • Diastole Scholars’ Center
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City




What is its purpose?

The UMKC Health Sciences District brings together health care partners in the Hospital Hill area. Working as one, they will create new potential for collaboration on research, grants, community outreach and shared wellness for employees, faculty, students and surrounding neighborhoods.

The UMKC Health Sciences District represents a new chapter in advancing health care, outreach and medical education throughout greater Kansas City.




Check out a series of Training Tips Tuesday videos to help registered participants prepare for the 2018 Hospital Hill Run.

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Truman Medical Centers
  • University Health
  • Children’s Mercy
  • Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department
  • Center for Behavioral Medicine
  • Jackson County Medical Examiner
  • Diastole Scholars’ Center
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

UMKC Health Sciences District Map


UMKC Health Sciences District By the Numbers

Fall 2018






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District Events

Follow our calendar to keep up with events and activities of the UMKC Health Sciences District and its members.

William T. Sirridge, M.D., Medical Humanities Lectureship 2019 @ UMKC School of Medicine
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Internal Medicine Noon Conference: Pharm- Review of Serotonin Syndrome (Dr. Wooten)
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Osler Poster Session @ UMKC School of Medicine
Mar 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Osler was one of the prolific authors of his time, producing over 1600 writings including The Principles and Practice of Medicine which is considered to be one of the first comprehensive textbooks of modern medicine.   Osler was a passionate educator and enthusiastic physician who had a lot to say about a great many things.  Some one hundred years after his death, his pronouncements on many things medical are still considered good medicine and are often quoted to illustrate the right way to care for patients.  To this end, the theme for this year’s UMKC William Osler Poster Presentation is The Quotable Osler.  

Feel free to pick your favorite or least favorite Osler quote and opine on it, draw it, paint it, sculpt it, photograph it, sing it, act it, dance it, or present whatever strikes your fancy.  Be Creative…….. Because Everything Osler Is Fair Game!

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded!


Call for Poster Session Abstracts


The Quotable Osler

Call for Abstracts for presentation at the UMKC School of Medicine Osler Society Spring Event to be held on March 26, 2019.


Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to Steven D. Waldman, M.D., J.D. at no later than March 1, 2019. The abstract should be no longer than one page and should mirror the content of your poster. It should begin with the complete title, the names of all coauthors, and the corresponding author’s mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.


Poster guidelines and template will be sent once the poster abstract has been received.

*Authors and coauthors (if a high number entries are received not all will present) will be asked to give a short presentation on their poster at the

Osler Society Spring Event

March 26, 2019 at 5:30pm.

Reception to follow

For questions, please contact Sarah McKee –

Health Sciences Deans’ Seminar Series: Glucocorticoid Steroids, Lung Development and Preterm Birth @ UMKC Health Sciences Building Room 4308
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Health Sciences Deans’ Seminar Series

Timothy J. Cole, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Glucocorticoid Steroids, Lung Development and Preterm Birth

March 27, 2019 / Noon – 1 pm / Health Sciences Building, Room 4308

Refreshments served

Sponsored by:  UMKC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies and Pharmacy

CMH Grand Rounds @ CMH Adele Hall Auditorium
Mar 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
CMH Grand Rounds: The Rights of a Child as Viewed Through a Global Lens: Stories from the Front Lines @ CMH Auditorium (Adele Hall Campus)
Mar 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

The Rights of a Child as Viewed Through a Global Lens:  Stories from the Front Lines, by Marsha Griffin MD, FAAP, Professor and Director, Division of Child and Family Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, School of Medicine, and Minnette Son MD, Co-Founder, Community for Children, Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

CMH Grand Rounds @ CMH Adele Hall Auditorium
Apr 4 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
CMH Office of Faculty Development Micro-Session: Engaging in Community Advocacy @ CMH Adele Hall Campus (Main)
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Micro-Session: Engaging in Community Advocacy
– Review structural and sociological mechanisms that can influence health outcomes
– Discuss advocacy strategies at multiple levels of the socioecological framework
– Identify methods to identify and become involved in advocacy activities

Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Contact for more information.

CMH Grand Rounds @ CMH Adele Hall Auditorium
Apr 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
CMH Grand Rounds: Resiliency in Training @ CMH Auditorium (Adele Hall Campus)
Apr 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Resiliency in Training, by Jeong Hyun MD, Pediatric Surgery Fellow, Children’s Mercy Kansas City      This is Surgery Grand Rounds

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In the News

The UMKC Health Sciences District, consisting of 12 partner institutions, is committed to sharing news of collective and individual partner efforts to enhance and expand health care research and community outreach throughout Kansas City and the surrounding region.

Online Graduate Nursing Program Earns High Ranking – Again!

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies ranked No. 19 among the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs of 2019 by U.S. News and World Report, giving it at least a Top 25 ranking for the seventh year in a row.

UMKC’s ranking, released today, is the highest of any university in Missouri. Last year, UMKC also ranked high at No. 18. No other program in Missouri or Kansas ranked higher.

“Our faculty, staff and students are to be commended for creating something truly extraordinary: nationally ranked online advanced nursing programs,” said Ann Cary, dean of the school. “This is filling a critical need in workforce education and a critical need in treating patients.”

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is a pioneer in distance-learning programs, offering online advanced degree programs since 2002. The programs offer busy professionals a high-quality but convenient way to further their careers and meet the needs of an evolving health-care system.

The UMKC online graduate nursing program certainly fills the needs of Brandie Smith, a single mother of three school-age children who works full time as a labor-and-delivery nurse at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She graduated in 2015 from the UMKC accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program so she knew about the highly-ranked online graduate nursing programs at UMKC. She plans to graduate with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Women’s Health in 2023, with the goal of conducting global research as a nurse practitioner who studies and teaches about treatment of diseases.

“The program allows you to go at your own pace without taking time away from family or work,” Smith said. “It’s not easy by any means – I spend 20 to 30 hours a week working on the degree. But there are great mentors, everyone is positive and encouraging…it’s a community.”

Online students are expected to participate in online discussions as if they are present in the classroom. Technology offers two-way communication in real time via multiple modes. Students also experience on-site learning through summer institutes where they are required to attend clinical training or dissertation work sessions, and deliver presentations to classmates and faculty.

UMKC offers a variety of online graduate nursing tracks, including Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and other options:

U.S. News began ranking online education in 2012. The categories include faculty credentials and training; student engagement; admissions selectivity; peer reputation; and student services and technology. U.S. News began their data comparisons with more than 500 institutions that had accredited graduate degree programs in nursing. Among the ones that replied, 159 said they offered online graduate nursing programs. The number of online nursing programs is continually growing nationwide.

Tune in to Inside Pediatrics and see stories of hope and healing from UMKC HSD partner Children’s Mercy

UMKC has long been a strong supporter of Children’s Mercy, a partner in the UMKC Health Sciences District, sharing its commitment to provide world-class pediatric health care to children in the Kansas City area and beyond. And on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30, we’ll have a first-hand opportunity to see inspiring stories of hope and healing.

Inside Pediatrics, a four-part, Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by actor and KC-area native Paul Rudd, will air Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 on KMBC Channel 9. The series features brave families who allowed cameras to film heartwarming – and heartbreaking – moments our community won’t soon forget.

The episodes are powerful, and we’ll all feel a real sense of pride knowing our relationship with Children’s Mercy helped support the transformative work we’ll witness.

Grab some popcorn and invite your family and friends; below is the broadcast schedule:

Sunday, Jan. 27: KMBC Channel 9

6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: KMBC Channel 9

7 to 8 p.m.


Visit to catch all the episodes, additional bonus coverage, etc. You can also visit and then share your support via your Facebook page, as well as help spread the word by tweeting out support and joining the #InsidePediatrics conversation.

UMKC School of Medicine’s Surgical Innovations Laboratory receives NIH grant to develop technology for safer surgeries

Gary Sutkin, M.D., director of the UMKC School of Medicine’s Surgical Innovations Laboratory, has received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop simulation technology that can be used to prevent surgical errors.

With magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a 3-D printer, Sutkin plans to create a high-fidelity pelvic simulator and use motion analysis to identify surgical errors involved in Midurethral Sling surgery.

Sutkin, professor of surgery, serves as associate dean for women’s health and is Victor and Caroline Shutte Endowed Chair in Women’s Health at the School of Medicine. He chose this particular surgery for his research because it is common in older women and includes a high-risk step. During the procedure, the surgeon must blindly guide a sharp, pointed steel trocar past vital structures, including the bladder, bowel, and major blood vessels.

Performed to improve quality of life, the procedure also has the potential for catastrophic outcomes.

The project will use MRI to create a virtual model of a human pelvis of a patient with reproducible stress urinary incontinence. From that, a 3-D model will be printed, assembled and tested for fidelity to human tissue.

A group of five seasoned surgeon who are experts in Midurethral Surgery and five surgeons who are novices in the procedure will perform the surgery on the model. Motion analysis will collect kinematic data of shoulder, elbow, and wrist motions. The information will be combined into a 3-D model to analyze movements that lead to the most common errors: perforation of the bladder or bowel, and injury to the external iliac veins.

Sutkin’s groundbreaking research has the potential to have a major impact on the prevention of surgical errors by minimizing patient distress and health care costs. Once successful, Sutkin said he plans to incorporate the technology into the School of Medicine’s surgical residency program and apply the approach to reducing errors in other surgeries.

Original Story here.

TMC continues to grow in the UMKC Health Sciences District

On October, 30th TMC held a groundbreaking ceremony for the University Health 2 building! The new building that will house Women’s Services and Primary Care is expected in early 2020. Stay tuned for exciting developments as TMC continues to grow in the Health Sciences District!


UMKC Health Sciences District Research Council Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

The UMKC Health Sciences District is full of great minds working on significant projects. On Monday, October 22, physicians, nurses, researchers and professors met at the Diastole Scholars’ Center to share their ideas and research about how to curb the national opioid epidemic.

Moderated by Paula Monaghan-Nichols, Ph.D., Chair of Biomedical Sciences at the UMKC School of Medicine and Chair of the Health Sciences District Research Council, the goal of the discussion was to reach across specialties and share ideas.

A Truman Medical Centers surgeon shared how his department had not only eliminated opioids from post-surgery protocol, but had done so while increasing patient satisfaction with the healing process.

A physician from Children’s Mercy Hospital discussed research about provider prescribing habits of opioids in the Emergency Department.

And a UMKC School of Pharmacy professor talked about how scientists are formulating new forms of opioid drug alternatives.

UMKC Health Sciences District overview

UMKC Wins $5.4 Million to Research Bone and Muscle Loss


NIH awards grant to Schools of Dentistry, Computing and Engineering and Medicine 

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry received a $5.4 million grant award as part of a $10.4 million award to the Indiana University School of Medicine from the National Institute of Aging to continue research into the effects of aging on bone and muscle loss. UMKC researchers have led the way in recognizing and studying how the two conditions — osteoporosis and sarcopenia — often occur together and may interact.

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UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Fights Opioid Crisis

Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment in North Carolina. Providing training to drug court officials in Puerto Rico. Helping a Rhode Island grandmother start a support program for grandparents raising their grandchildren as a result of the opioid crisis.

All the above are projects the Collaborative to Advance Health Services has been collaborating on an $8 million sub award from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) with a grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to combat the opioid crisis. The Collaborative to Advance Health Services, a research group within the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, was a sub-recipient of a grant awarded last February to AAAP.

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$3.2 million grant will go to mentoring tomorrow’s doctors, dentists and pharmacists

Students in the lab

The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration has awarded a five-year, $3.2 million grant to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine to prepare students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds for health professional careers. The UMKC schools of Dentistry and Pharmacy also are partners on this initiative.

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Health Professions Mentoring Program is Changing Lives

School of Nursing and Health Studies awarded additional funding for KC HealthTracks

In the summer of 2015, 17 students from under-resourced high schools in the Kansas City area took their first steps on a journey toward futures career in healthcare. Now, in 2018, those students are taking another big step as they transition from high school to higher education.


Contact Us

Alison Troutwine
Project Manager
UMKC Health Sciences District