Our Heart Center is one of the 15 largest clinical pediatric cardiac programs in the USA. We serve a population of over 5 million, consisting of diverse urban, suburban and rural communities with a multi-state geographic catchment that includes Missouri, Kansas and adjacent portions of Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Annually, we perform over 500 cardiac operations, 600 cardiac catheterizations including over 200 invasive EP procedures, 18,000 outpatient visits, and 20,000 echocardiograms.
Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, non-profit, 390-bed pediatric health system, providing over half a million patient encounters each year for children from across the country. Children’s Mercy is ranked by USNWR in 9 specialties. Our faculty of nearly 800 pediatric specialists and researchers are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and educating the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.
The Ward Family Heart Center (TWFHC) is a service line led by co-directors (Aliessa Barnes, MD and James O’Brien, MD) who report to the Chief Medical Officer (Robert Lane, MD). The Director of Research would report to the Co-Directors of the Heart Center. This is a new leadership position with significant administrative responsibilities; candidates must have significant prior leadership experience. Direct reports to the Director of Research currently include the Administrative Director for Research and Quality (David Cloutier, MS, MBA); as the research enterprise grows, direct reports are expected to increase in number and scope.
In addition to leading their own research program and seeking extramural funding to support that effort, duties will include, but are not limited to:
Establish the vision and strategic direction of TWFHC Research Program.
Develop short and long-term plans for Heart Center Research strategy and staffing that are aligned with organizational plans and vision.
Recruit and retain faculty and staff to build the academic profile of TWFHC and the recruitment of clinical and translational scientists positioned to lead our field.
Lead a culture of research mentorship: help accelerate investigators’ progress towards independence and eliminate barriers to successful extramural funding
Lead alignment of research resources, protected faculty time, research metrics and accountability to achieve desired research goals.
Create and maintain a robust training / educational program for grant education, development, submissions and awards specific to pediatric cardiac science.
Develop the research enterprise in a manner that is integrated seamlessly with the clinical enterprise, thus facilitating synergies and enabling clinicians and scientists to work together to identify and address clinically relevant problems.
Serve as a liaison with the Children’s Mercy Research Institue (CMRI) to ensure collaboration both at the operational and strategic levels.
Work with Heart Center leadership to develop staffing and budgetary plans and to monitor the financial performance of the program.
Work with the Department of Philanthropy to identify sources of philanthropic support.
Regularly assess research staffing to ensure capacity and adequacy to achieve the research mission.
The ideal physician candidate should be board-certified or board-eligible in Pediatric Cardiology; PhD candidates should have a career focus on pediatric cardiac research. Applicants’ current academic rank could range from Assistant Professor to Professor. Familiarity with federal funding and/or industry / foundation sponsored clinical trials is required. We value prior experience as a Principal Investigator or Project Director under federal grants or cooperative agreements, familiarity with award processes, experience as a PI on industry sponsored clinical trials and/or investigator initiated research, and/or knowledge of regulatory requirements of the FDA, GCP, and applicable IRB/IACUC requirements.
The successful applicant must share our unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity, collegiality, antiracism, and respect for inclusion of individuals with diverse backgrounds. They should have experience with leading teams. Desired style and personality traits include flexibility, creativity, transparency, accessibility, thoughtfulness, insight, confidence, fairness, humility and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. LEAN experience is preferred; CMKC is fully committed to LEAN, and provides a wide range of LEAN training opportunities.
Potential resources include startup funding, CMRI space, and the recruitment of faculty and staff.
Please refer to the Appendix for additional details regarding the Children’s Mercy Research Institute, TWFHC clinical and research program, funding and academic productivity.
Children's Mercy Kansas City is an independent, non-profit 367 bed pediatric health system, providing half a million patient encounters each year for children from across the country. Children's Mercy is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" and has received Magnet (R) recognition four times for excellence in nursing services.In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, our medical staff of more than 750 pediatric subspecialists and researchers is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. And, our leadership in pediatric genomic medicine and clinical pharmacology is driving research and innovation in heart care, neonatology, cancer treatment and other subspecialties to find answers for the most challenging cases and difficult conditions.For more information about Children's Mercy Kansas City, and about Kansas City itself, visit childrensmercy.org.