Michael Artman named chair of KU pediatrics

January 06, 2014

Michael Artman, M.D.

Children's Mercy, The University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Medical Center announced today Michael Artman, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Mercy and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, also will serve as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

In addition, the institutions announced Children's Mercy is now designated a Principal Pediatric Teaching Hospital for the University of Kansas Medical Center. The designation is a recognition of the institutions' growing collaborations in pediatric medical education, and signifies their joint commitment to further enhance the quality and scale of pediatric medical education in the Kansas City area. 

The announcement marks completion of the initial phase of plans, announced in December 2012, to develop a single, integrated pediatric program.

"This announcement shows the hospital is absolutely committed to this collaboration with Children's Mercy. It also clearly demonstrates The University of Kansas Hospital will continue to provide pediatric medical services, in both primary and advanced care. We expect to serve more children than ever before," said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.

Randall L. O'Donnell, Ph.D., president and chief executive office of Children's Mercy, echoed Page's comments and added, "Our mutual endeavor will allow us to enhance care for children throughout our region and to grow our medical education and research efforts."

"I am honored by this appointment and eager to start working to implement our collective vision for the integrated department," Dr. Artman said. "The primary beneficiaries of a fully integrated program will be our patients and families who will have expanded access to superb clinical care; our students and residents who will learn from the best in the field; and our physicians and researchers who will be able to more readily consult and collaborate."

Douglas Girod, M.D., executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center, said, "We are on track to realize our vision of an integrated program that will enhance clinical care for children, advance pediatric medical education and training for residents and fellows, expand pediatric research initiatives, and coordinate advocacy activities for children's health."

Chet Johnson, M.D., current chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the KU School of Medicine, will begin a new role as KUMC Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development.

Children's Mercy and The University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center already have many existing collaborations, including pediatric medical education and training, clinical trials, and pediatric research. Children's Mercy was the medical center's pediatric oncology partner for its recent successful pursuit of National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. Also, the institutions work together on a number of joint research projects including those in cancer biology, clinical and translational research, neuroscience, health disparities, pediatric liver disease, and drug discovery and development.

Children's Mercy provides pediatric health care to the greater Kansas City region, including locations in Wyandotte County, Johnson County, Wichita and at other locations throughout the states of Missouri and Kansas.

The steps announced today do not affect the parties' other programs or relationships. Children's Mercy will continue its proud, long-standing academic affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and the training of UMKC's medical students.

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