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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.




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  • 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

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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.

Setting Career Goals and Defining Your Mentoring Needs @ CMH Adele Hall Campus (Main)
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Describe methods to develop a career vision statement and actionable goals
  • Review how to recognize your skill development needs
  • Discuss how to identify mentors who can assist with skill development needs


  • Mary Anne Jackson, MD
  • Steven Olsen, MD
Faculty Panel Discussion: Parenthood as Career Liability – Changing the Narrative @ Adele Hall Campus (Main)
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This conversation is in conjunction with 12/12 CMH Office of Faculty Development (OFD) Mentoring Session and sponsored by Faculty-Trainee Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equity Committees.


  • Angela Myers, MD
  • Kimberly Randall, MD
UMKC Women in Medicine Holiday Event @ Union Station
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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CMH Bioethics: Knowledge is Power? Parental Perspectives on Genomic Sequencing for Seriously Ill Children
Jan 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now.

Despite the increasingly widespread use of genomic sequencing in the care of seriously ill children, little is known about how patients and families respond to this technology and the information it reveals. Results of a qualitative study designed to better understand the perspective of parents of children with cancer will be presented during this session. They describe the value and meaning that parents find in the use of genomic sequencing beyond any changes they may prompt in clinical care. Ethical questions about how this insight into parents’ perspectives should impact physicians’ recommendations about genomic sequencing, the informed consent process, and insurance coverage for such testing will also be explored.

Janet Malek, PhD is an associate professor of medicine and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy and the director of the Houston Methodist System Biomedical Ethics Program. In these roles, Dr. Malek conducts ethics consultation and other ethics activities throughout the Houston Methodist Hospital System, carries out research on the implementation of genomic sequencing into clinical practice, and designs and teaches ethics and professionalism programs for Baylor residents and medical students. She also serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Academy for Professionalism in Health care. Her research focuses on ethical issues in pediatrics, genomics, reproduction, and professionalism education.

Dealing with Problem Learners – Gaps in Knowledge and Application @ Adele Hall Campus (Main)
Jan 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Discuss common problematic behaviors in learners
  • Identify early signs of difficult learning encounters
  • Apply the SOAP approach to knowledge problems with learners


  • Angela Myers, MD, MPH
  • Maria Dycoco, MD
  • Angela Etzenhouser, MD
UMKC SOM Faculty Development Series “Tips on Having Difficult Conversations” @ UMKC School of Medicine Theater B/C
Jan 9 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
CMH Bioethics: Legal Issues Facing Transgender Youth
Jan 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now.


Kimberly Zieselman, JD, is an intersex woman, lawyer, and the Executive Director of interACT: advocates for intersex youth, and has more than twenty years of experience in advocacy and nonprofit management. She served as a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Joint House and Senate Committee on Health Care, and worked in Government Relations and Advocacy for a variety healthcare related nonprofits including Boston Children’s Hospital. While at Children’s, Kimberly advocated for children’s health issues and lead the hospital’s first strategy-driven government fundraising campaign and earning the National Association of Children’s Hospital’s Legislative Advocacy Award. From 2009 through 2015 Kimberly served on the board of the AIS-DSD Support Group, the US largest intersex support group. In 2015 Kimberly participated as the sole U.S. intersex representative to an expert intersex meeting convened by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva and has subsequently consulted on the UN Free & Equal Campaign’s Intersex Rights Campaign. Kimberly was a 2015-2016 Arcus Foundation Leadership Fellow and in 2016 was accepted as a member of the US Human Rights Network’s International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee.

CMH Office of Faculty Development Micro-Session: Delivering Successful Research Presentations @ Adele Hall Campus (Main)
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Identify key elements of scientific oral presentation
  • Review essential steps and tips in preparing and delivering effective presentations
  • Practice distilling complex research into widely-accessible sound bites

Speaker: Tamorah Lewis, MD, PhD

CMH Office of Faculty Development Workshop: Optimizing Your Professional Growth @ Adele Hall Campus (Main)
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Receiving Feedback
  • Approaching Difficult Conversations
  • Failing Forward
  • Finding Joy/Reducing Burnout/Managing Time
CMH Office of Faculty Development New Faculty Orientation: Succeeding as Faculty in an Academic Medical Center @ Adele Hall Campus (Main)
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) overview
  • Medical education at CMH
  • Research at CMH
  • CMH Center for Clinical Effectiveness
  • Academic planning and advancement

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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.

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.


UMKC Health Sciences District names project manager

The UMKC Health Sciences District has announced the appointment of Alison Troutwine as project manager for the District. She will be working out of Truman Medical Centers.


Children’s Mercy Names New President and CEO

Children's Mercy Kansas City

Following a 10-month nationwide search, Children’s Mercy Kansas City today announced Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, as its next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1.


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Alison Troutwine
Project Manager
UMKC Health Sciences District