Dr. Rymer, a native of St. Louis, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University and graduated with highest honors from Washington University School of Medicine. She did post graduate training in neurology at the Neurological Hospital at Queen Square in London, England, completing neurology residency at the University of Wisconsin and Neurochemistry fellowship at University of California, San Francisco.
She founded and directed the internationally recognized stroke center at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. She occupied the Edward T. Matheny, Jr. Missouri Endowed Chair in Neuroscience from 1999 to 2013 and was Professor of Medicine at the UMKC School of Medicine. In 2013, she joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center as Professor of Neurology. She also works as Vice President of Neuroscience at The University of Kansas Hospital.
Dr. Rymer is the author of numerous articles on acute stroke treatment and stroke center development. She is the co-author of The Stroke Center Handbook and The Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Atlases. She serves on numerous national professional committees committed to improving stroke care in the US and around the world. She chairs the Stroke Systems Work Group for the American Academy of Neurology and is a fellow of the American Stroke Association where she serves on the Leadership Committee of the Stroke Council.
Dr. Rymer is a past trustee of VHA, The Pembroke Hill School, Bishop Spencer Place and The Midwest Ear Institute. She currently serves on the boards of the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City where she chairs the Health Policy and Quality Committee.
Dr. Rymer and her family are avid skiers, hikers and runners. They have hiked to Mt. Everest Base Camp, summited Kilimanjaro, and are veterans of four marathons.
Marilyn M. Rymer, M.D.