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.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Cultural Competency Speaker Series Maternal Mortality Rate in African-American Mothers 12:00 pm
Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Cultural Competency Speaker Series Maternal Mortality Rate in African-American Mothers @ UMKC HSB Room 5301
Sep 4 @ 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Cultural Competency Speaker Series Maternal Mortality Rate in African-American Mothers September 4, Noon – 12:50, HSB Room 5301 Traci Johnson, M.D., FACOG, board-certified Ob-Gyn, University Health; assistant professor of[...]
CMH Grand Rounds 8:00 am
CMH Grand Rounds @ CMH Adele Hall Auditorium
Sep 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
CMH Not-So-Journal Club: “Racism and Its Harmful Effects on Nondominant Racial-Ethnic Youth and Youth-Serving Providers” 12:00 pm
CMH Not-So-Journal Club: “Racism and Its Harmful Effects on Nondominant Racial-Ethnic Youth and Youth-Serving Providers”
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Not-So-Journal Clubs aim to cultivate conversations that inspire personal and system change through examination of articles and other media that are particularly relevant to achieving equity in the healthcare environment. The series is co-sponsored[...]
CMH Grand Rounds 8:00 am
CMH Grand Rounds @ CMH Adele Hall Auditorium
Sep 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
CMH Faculty Development: Micro-Session: Brushing Up on the Basics of Study Designs and Protocols 12:00 pm
CMH Faculty Development: Micro-Session: Brushing Up on the Basics of Study Designs and Protocols
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Micro-Session: Brushing Up on the Basics of Study Designs and Protocols – Review the basic concepts of research studies – Describe different types of study designs – Discuss how to structure a research study Sponsored[...]
Clinical Advances in Pediatrics Symposium (CAPS)
Clinical Advances in Pediatrics Symposium (CAPS) @ Children’s Mercy Park
Sep 18 – Sep 20 all-day
Clinical Advances in Pediatrics Symposium (CAPS) @ Children’s Mercy Park
2019 Clinical Advances in Pediatrics Symposium Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:45 AM – Friday, September 20, 2019 12:30 PM (Central Time) Children’s Mercy Park 1 Sporting Way Kansas City, Kansas 66111 United States Map and[...]
Welcome Back Happy Hour at Diastole 5:00 pm
Welcome Back Happy Hour at Diastole @ Diastole Scholars' Center 2501 Holmes St. Kansas City, MO 64108
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us from 5-7pm on Wednesday, September 18th for snacks, drinks, and lawn games (badminton and croquet, among others). It will be a perfect way to reconnect with friends and get to know your new peers[...]
CMH Grand Rounds 8:00 am
CMH Grand Rounds @ CMH Adele Hall Auditorium
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Annual Sirridge Lecture “TMW: A Public Health Approach to Early Learning”, Dr. Dana Suskind, 12:00 pm
Annual Sirridge Lecture “TMW: A Public Health Approach to Early Learning”, Dr. Dana Suskind, @ UMKC School of Medicine, Theater A
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Annual Sirridge Lecture "TMW: A Public Health Approach to Early Learning", Dr. Dana Suskind, @ UMKC School of Medicine, Theater A
TMW: A Public Health Approach to Early Learning Dana Suskind, M.D. Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, The University of Chicago Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative
CMH Succeeding as Faculty in an Academic Medical Center 1:00 pm
CMH Succeeding as Faculty in an Academic Medical Center
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Succeeding as Faculty in an Academic Medical Center – Provide an overview of Children’s Mercy Kansas City – Review expectations of being a medical educator at Children’s Mercy – Describe the academic advancement process and[...]
CMH Grand Rounds 8:00 am
CMH Grand Rounds @ CMH Adele Hall Auditorium
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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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.

Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council sponsoring Cultural Competency Speaker Series

The Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council is bringing a three-part Cultural Competency Speaker series to the Health Sciences campus beginning in August.

With financial support from a University of Missouri System Inclusive Excellence grant, the council will provide lectures and discussions on topics including Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for the LGBTQIA Community, Maternity Mortality Rate in African-American Mothers, and Ethnopharmacology. Each session will be open to all students, faculty and staff on the Health Sciences campus.

Tamica Lige, diversity council chair, said the speaker series will be geared toward health care professionals and will address a range of topics focusing on diversity and cultural competency in health care.

“We’ve tried to find topics that will be beneficial to the members all four health science schools,” Lige said. “One of our goals is to provide educational programming that can make an impact on knowledge, self-awareness, attitude, and cross-cultural skills.”

The series begins with the program on safe and inclusive spaces on August 8. Kari Jo Freudigmann, M.S, assistant director of LGBTQIA programs and services in the UMKC Office of Student Involvement will be one of two speakers from noon to 2 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building Room 3301. Her co-speaker will be Kimberly Tilson, BSN, RN, nurse care manager for the Behavioral Health Community Access Program at Truman Medical Center and a Health Science District LGBTQIA patient care advocate. This is a two-part session, with part one being a 101 basic knowledge session and part two being an application skills session.

The part one session will help participants identify issues facing the LGBTQIA community, demonstrate fundamental skills to become a community ally, and reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination. Participants in this session may also receive 25 wellness points toward their Total Rewards benefits package.

Registration is encouraged but not required to attend. To register, go to Those unable to attend but interested in the program can also take part online via Zoom through the link The program will also be repeated in September for those unable to attend in August.

On October 3, participants can put their new knowledge to work during part two, the application and skills session. In that program from 10 a.m. to noon, Henry Ng, M.D., MPH, a public health LGBT health physician leader and advisor, will facilitate a panel composed of members from the LGBTQIA community and clinicians in a question and answer session followed by breakout sessions with video vignettes and small group discussions.

Traci Johnson, M.D., FACOG, UMKC assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will lead the session on the maternal mortality rate in African-American mothers on September 4. Cesar Compadre, Ph.D., professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and director of the Biomedical Visualization Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will speak on ethnopharmacology on October 30.



Children’s Mercy Hospital Specialties Rank in the Top 30 by U.S. News and World Report For the First Time

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 18, 2019 – Children’s Mercy Kansas City is once again recognized as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 “Best Children’s Hospitals” report. For the fifth year in a row, Children’s Mercy is listed with the best in the country in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties included in the survey. Children’s Mercy is among an elite handful of pediatric hospitals which consistently rank in all 10 specialties.

Children’s Mercy specialties in the top 30 rankings, with three in the top 15:

  • Nephrology/Kidney (#7)
  • Neonatology/Neonatal Care (#13)
  • Orthopedics (#13)
  • Urology (#17)
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery (#20)
  • Gastroenterology/Digestive Disorders (#22)
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery (#23)
  • Pulmonology (#27)
  • Endocrinology (#29)
  • Cancer (#30)

“Five of our specialties made gains this year, including our Neonatology team which rose nearly 30 spots,” said Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “Having all 10 specialties ranked for the fifth year is testament not just to our team’s expertise, but equally important, it speaks to our partnership with our patient families and our community providers. It takes us all working together to ensure the best outcome for every child.”

This year, U.S. News surveyed more than 180 pediatric centers to gather clinical and operational data. This data was then combined with results from a reputational survey in which board-certified pediatric specialists representing the 10 areas were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

Those pediatric specialties include: cancercardiologydiabetes and endocrinologygastroenterologyneonatologynephrologyneurology and neurosurgeryorthopedicspulmonology and urology.

The full rankings and methodology are available at


Joint Commission certifications bring distinction to TMC Ortho Teams

Joint Commission certifications bring distinction to TMC Ortho Teams

TMC Lakewood Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center receives elite Joint Commission certification

Sole facility in Missouri — and in KC Metro area — to earn Advanced Certification

TMC Lakewood has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®  for two joint replacement programs: Advanced Certification of Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement and Certification for Total Shoulder Replacement. Advanced certification recognizes the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life, functional limitation and return to normal daily activities.

The evaluation focused on the orthopedic consult, pre-operative, intraoperative, and post-surgical care and follow-up.

TMC Lakewood was previously certified in Total Hips and Total Knees, but this is the first certification for Total Shoulder replacement. The certification demonstrates commitment to a higher standard of service, provides a framework for organizational structure and management, and enhances staff recruitment and development. This certification represents an elite recognition of the team’s level of commitment to using quality and performance improvement to affect patient outcomes.

Read more about TMC Lakewood Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center or schedule an appointment by calling 816-404-7200.

TMC HSD Orthopaedics receives Joint Commission Certification for hip, knee replacement programs

TMC Health Sciences District (HSD) has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hip and Knee Replacement. As described, above, the Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Only eight other hospitals in the state (including TMC Lakewood) have certification for Hip and Knee Replacement.

Read more about TMC HSD/University Health Orthopedics or schedule an appointment by calling 816-404-0072.

Grant-funded project will help Kansas City community take charge of vascular health

A few years ago, Kansas City received the federal CHOICE grant to revitalize one of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Now, an effort by UMKC School of Medicine researcher Kim Smolderen, Ph.D., will support residents of the Paseo Gateway and surrounding neighborhoods to build on existing efforts to flourish in their communities.

With the backing of a new two-year, $300,000 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant, Smolderen, is leading a project to raise community awareness of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the cardiovascular risks associated with it.

More than 8.5 million Americans live with PAD, a narrowing of the peripheral arteries that occurs most commonly in the legs and often causes pain while walking. African Americans particularly are at risk of late diagnosis and related leg amputations in part because of a low awareness of the disease.

The project focuses on the Gateway Plaza area, specifically the Pendleton Heights, Paseo West and Independence Plaza neighborhoods that have some of the lowest life expectancy rates in Kansas City and Jackson County with their widely diverse communities including a growing immigrant population.

“These are the areas where people have to grapple with financial hardship,” said Smolderen, an assistant professor of Biomedical and Health Informatics. “Violence is a factor, poor housing conditions. These are typically overlooked areas that are dealing with a lot of challenges at the same time.”

Previous data from the American Heart Association also shows that knowledge and resources to improve vascular health are not widely accessible in inner-city neighborhoods characterized by these challenges, further predisposing them to PAD complications such as amputations.

The plan is to increase the awareness of PAD by presenting information to the community through a multi-faceted dissemination campaign including seminars and artwork by neighborhood artists promoting vascular health. Symposiums with community members will also serve to determine what issues impacting vascular disease are most concerning to those in their neighborhoods. Project and neighborhood leaders will then work together to create a list of available community resources that address the identified barriers. Common issues include insufficient resources to stop smoking, which is the leading risk factor for the disease, and needed exercise programs and facilities.

“We’re going to work with the community, not telling them what to do, but sharing with them what we have found and then let them tell us how we can help make connections in the community to implement that knowledge and do something with it that serves their needs,” Smolderen said.

The project will begin this summer with a workshop bringing together a steering committee that includes an array of collaborators from UMKC, Saint Luke’s Hospital, the UMKC Health Sciences District, Storytellers, Inc., the Paseo Gateway Initiative, the local American Heart Association, and PAD experts.

Students interested in community outreach activities are also being invited to contact Smolderen about potential research internships regarding the program.

She said the project will work in lockstep with the city as it continues to implement resources from the stimulus grant it received in 2015 to transform the neighborhood.

In addition to creating awareness and promoting cardiovascular health, Smolderen said the program could also become a template for those in other cities and neighborhoods to engage their city stakeholders and public health officials to focus on health problems facing their communities.

“If you enforce things on people, you only create resistance,” she said. “This is really to help people discover their own autonomy, creativity, and to find needed resources in their own community.”

It’s an active spring in the Health Sciences District

The warm weather is here – and the UMKC Health Sciences District has a number of upcoming healthy initiatives for staff, students and faculty. Whether it’s an e-bike rental or a walking group, the District is working to get everyone active and outdoors.

The Health Sciences District Run/Walk club has begun again this year. Each weekday over the lunch hour, you can join fellow students, faculty, staff and friends from throughout the district to run or walk the 2.5-mile route. If you’re interested in participating, the group meets at 24th St. and Charlotte – just look for the Run/Walk sign. New this year: the group is putting together a team to participate in the Hospital Hill Run.

Unlike past year’s, this year’s race will take place on Saturday, June 1. The starting and finishing lines for all three race distances – 5K, 10K, and half marathon – will be set up at Kansas City’s Crown Center. All UMKC running enthusiasts, faculty, staff, students and alumni, may receive a 20 percent discount on registration. To sign up for any of the day’s races, use the code UMKCDISC19. Register at If you’re not participating as a runner but would still like to get involved, the event is looking for volunteers. Contact Alison Troutwine at for more information.

On April 24, the District will be host to a free pop-up yoga class. Start time is at 5:15 pm. The class will be held outdoors in the green amphitheater space on the NE Corner of 25th St. and Holmes Rd. All registered participants will be entered to win a free yoga mat and a gift card from Ruby Jean’s Juicery. If interested, bring your own mat and register at

And if you need help getting around to all these fun activities, the District has you covered. RideKC Bike has released a new fleet of smart, electric-assisted bikes housed in the district for bike share users. They are already available just outside the UMKC Health Sciences Bookstore, and you can start or end your trip at any RideKC Bike hub around the city. To. Get started, download the Drop Mobility app to find bikes and hub locations near you. Your first ride is free.

The district is committed to encouraging a healthy lifestyle throughout our District community. It’s a perfect time to enjoy this beautiful weather and take advantage of these great offerings.

Original Post by Bryce Putenney


Discounted registration for 2019 Hospital Hill Run

Hospital Hill Run

The UMKC Health Sciences District is once again pleased to serve as an event sponsor for one of the oldest and most-storied races in Missouri: the 46th Annual Hospital Hill Run, which returns to Kansas City on Saturday, June 1.

This year’s race event will take place on one day, with the starting and finishing lines for all three race distances – 5K, 10K, and half marathon – set up at Kansas City’s Crown Center.

Through the sponsorship, all UMKC running enthusiasts, faculty, staff, students and alumni may receive a 20 percent discount on registration for any race distance. Just use the code: UMKCDISC19. Register here.

Over the years, more than 170,000 athletes of all levels from across the world have participated in this event. Originated by UMKC School of Medicine founder Dr. E. Grey Dimond, M.D., the Hospital Hill Run served as host to the first USATF National Championship half marathon in 2002. In 2013, the race was recognized by Runner’s World Magazine as the 11th best half marathon in the United States.

UMKC faculty, staff, students and alumni who aren’t participating in the races may serve in one of many volunteer roles. Volunteers are the backbone of the Hospital Hill Run. Individuals and groups are needed to help unwrap medals; pack post-race food packets; sort, stack, and pass out t-shirts; distribute race bibs; set up and staff aid stations; cheer and steer participants on course; award medals; hand out wet towels, food, and hydration at the finish line; and help with event clean up. Volunteers may register here.

New UMKC Public Health Program

Public Health

The University of Missouri-Kansas City took another step forward in shaping the future of health care. In the fall, it welcomed the first class of students into the new Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program.

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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.

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Alison Troutwine
Project Manager
UMKC Health Sciences District