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Children’s Mercy – Kansas City 

The Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy (CM) seeks a creative and scholarly leader to serve as Division Director of Emergency Medicine at CM. The Division Director will lead the clinical, educational, research and quality missions of a comprehensive academic Pediatric Emergency Medicine program. The Division Director will be responsible for establishing collaborative ties with the whole of the pediatric enterprise to ensure the welfare and improve the health of the children in the region.

This is a clinical faculty position offering an academic appointment at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, and the
University of Kansas, rank to be commensurate with experience. Children’s Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information, please visit our website at

The foremost quality necessary for this position is vision for the field of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Other desired characteristics include a track record of: 1) developing young clinicians into future leaders in pediatrics; 2) participation in academic infrastructure and finances; 3)
leadership experience or potential with a high volume, diverse pediatric emergency medicine service; 4) collaborating successfully as a hospital leader with hospital and medical partners in managing Emergency Medicine’s workflow while maintaining the highest value of care; and 5)
developing a culture of high team accountability and professionalism. The individual selected for this position will be a strategic and highly communicative leader who is a MD/DO or MD/DO/PhD and who is board certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. As the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division Director, the individual reports to the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

The Division Director will be responsible for leading one of the largest Department of Pediatrics Divisions at Children’s Mercy composed of 69 faculty, including 39 pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) faculty and 30 pediatric associates in emergency medicine. The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division provides care at two Emergency Departments: Adele Hall Emergency Department (CMAH) in Kansas City, MO, and Children Mercy Kansas Emergency Department (CMK) in Overland Park, KS with a total annual census of approximately 110,000 patients. In addition to 69
faculty members, there are 30 nurse practitioners and 135 nurses employed in the combined Emergency Departments. The Emergency Medicine Division provides comprehensive pediatric emergency care and serves as the region’s only Level I pediatric trauma center. Additional clinical support services include continuous access to social work, behavioral health specialists, on-site interpreter services, child life and a support team for acute sexual abuse evaluations. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Faculty are integrated into the fabric of the institution and engaged in several critically important areas. PEM faculty serve as leaders in areas such as Chief Medical Information Officer, President of the Medical Staff, Chief Medical Quality and Safety Officer, Medical Director of Global Health, and Medical Director of the Simulation Center. Faculty also participate and chair national working groups and committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Promoting the Division’s reputation, leadership, and influence on the national and international stage remains a priority of the division.

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine has a proud heritage in education as one of the first PEM fellowships. The program currently accepts three fellows each year and is structured for trainees from Pediatric or Emergency Medicine residencies. Each month, the Division hosts 13-18 residents from local pediatric, family medicine, and emergency medicine residency programs and one or two medical students from UMKC, University of Kansas and other institutions.

The Division fosters a collaborative research environment with a dedicated support team composed of a full time CRC-II Team Supervisor and nine clinical trial coordinators. Faculty lead multiple extramurally funded research endeavors across areas such as rapid viral testing, sepsis, and enhanced sexual health interventions. Faculty are actively involved in or provide leadership to institutional collaborative quality and safety efforts including care delivery of asthma, antibiotic stewardship, screening for interpersonal violence and reducing adverse events following sedation. Members are also engaged in community education and advocacy efforts surrounding injury prevention and gun violence.

Ideal Qualifications and Experience:
• An MD or equivalent and board certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
• Current academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor
• A strong record of clinical and academic achievement
• Demonstrated success in advancing medical education, patient care and research
• A commitment to our true north pillars: quality and safety, people, patient experience, delivery, and stewardship
• Fosters and models our values: kindness, curiosity, inclusion, team, and integrity
• A history of success with integrating clinical and research missions
• A deep commitment to fostering and supporting programs that address equity, inclusion, and diversity
• A track record of partnership with academic medical centers
• Experience with or a desire to learn and utilize LEAN methodologies
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability and commitment to collaborate with leadership at partner institutions

Nominations and Applications (cover letter and curriculum vitae) may be submitted by e-mail to:

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