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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.




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

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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.

UMKC Deans Health Sciences Research Seminar: “Bacterial cell wall biosynthesis, and the search for new antibacterial agents” @ UMKC School of Medicine Theater C
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Transgenerational Trauma and Resiliency of African Americans and Their Experiences of the Healthcare System, by Sayida Peprah, PsyD, Deputy Chief Psychologist, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Victorville, CA. @ CMH Auditorium (Adele Hall Campus)
Nov 29 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is the Diveley Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds is held in the CMH Auditorium (Adele Hall Campus), and is remote broadcast to KU Pediatrics, as well as 10+ Children’s Mercy locations.  Coffee, hot water for tea, and ice water will be available.  Please mark your calendars now, and plan to join us as your schedule allows, on the following Thursday mornings in September, for Grand Rounds from 8 – 9 a.m.


Make plans now to attend!

If you miss Grand Rounds, know that many of the sessions are available to view,

(and earn CME credit) for 2 months following the live event.

To learn more, visit Grand Rounds on line at:

Heartland Health Equity Conference
Dec 6 @ 8:00 am – Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm

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Dr. Reaner & Mr. Henry Shannon Lectureship in Minority Health 2019 @ Theater C
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

UMKC School of Medicine, Dean’s Lectureship Series

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City Pop Tab Pandemonium @ Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Activities Include:
• House tours
• Refreshments
• KCMO Fire Truck
• KCMO Police SWAT Team
• Face painting
• Magician, Jugglers & Animal Balloons

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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