Children’s Mercy Kansas City



Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, nonprofit, 367-bed pediatric health system, serving half a million patients each year from across the country. Children’s Mercy is ranked by US News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” and has received Magnet® recognition four times for excellence in nursing services. In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the faculty of nearly 700 pediatric subspecialists and researchers is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Children’s Mercy leadership in pediatric genomic medicine and clinical pharmacology is driving research and innovation in neonatology, heart care, cancer treatment, and other subspecialties to transform outcomes for children here and around the world.

We know you want the best care in the world for your child. If you could receive that care at home, you would. And when you can’t, Children’s Mercy is a special hospital in the Heartland of the United States where you can find both world-class pediatric care and the “home away from home” your family needs during one of life’s most challenging experiences. Our compassionate, renowned staff works with commitment and the heart for which our geography is named to remove cultural, language, and distance barriers. Every step of the way, you will feel engaged as a member of our care team. We will work together to return your child to good health.

2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Patient Services

Professional, personalized attention begins right away and continues through every phase of your child’s care. We’ll help you from the time of your initial request in dealing with practical matters and be here to support your family with services, programs, and words of encouragement before, during, and after treatment. This family-centered approach is what we’re known for at Children’s Mercy, evidenced by our large Child Life staff whose only goal is to ensure your child’s comfort. For families traveling great distances to help their children, this unique brand of care makes all the difference. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, we don’t know any other way. In our 120-year history, this special blend of compassion and pediatric expertise has transformed countless lives both here in the center of the US and around the world. The world-class medical services we offer include:

  • Adolescent medicine
  • Allergy/asthma/immunology
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Cardiology/cardiovascular Surgery
  • Clinical genetics
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Critical care medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental and behavioral Sciences
  • Endocrinology/diabetes
  • Epilepsy & neurophysiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General and thoracic surgery
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Genomic medicine
  • Hand surgery
  • Hematology
  • Hepatology and transplant medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Medical genetics
  • Medical toxicology
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pathology and laboratory medicine
  • Plastic, craniofacial, and reconstructive surgery
  • Psychology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep medicine
  • Spine surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Surgical critical care, trauma, and burns
  • Telemedicine
  • Transplantation
  • Urologic surgery

Service Lines

  • Cardiac
  • Dermatology
  • Digestive Health
  • Endocrinology
  • General Surgery
  • Neuroscience (Neurology & Neurosurgery)
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Primary Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Transplant
  • Urology
  • Women’s Health

Notable Physicians

George Whitfield Holcomb, III, MD


Michael Artman, MD

Chairman Department of Pediatrics

Richard Schwend, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedics, President-Elect, Pediatric Orthopaedics Society of North America

Bradley A. Warady, MD

Pediatric Nephrology, Division Director

Girish Shirali, MBBS, FACC, FASE

Pediatric Cardiology, Division Director and Co-Director of the Ward Family Heart Center

Shawn St. Peter, MD

Pediatric Surgery

John Patrick Murphy, MD

Pediatric Urology

James O'Brien, MD, FACS

Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Co-Director of the Ward Family Heart Center

Scott Olitsky, MD

Pediatric Opthalmology

Ahmed Abdelmoity, MD

Pediatric Neurology, Chief Section of Epilepsy and Neurophysiology

James “Jack” Daniel, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology (GI), Chief of Hepatology and Transplantation

Alan Gamis, MD, MPH

Pediatric Oncology, Associate Director

Cara Hoffart, DO

Pediatric Rheumatology, Medical Director of Rehabilitation for Amplified Pain Syndromes (RAPS)

Mary Anne Jackson, MD

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Division Director

Jay Portnoy, MD

Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Division Director

Tom Curran Phd, FRS

Executive Director, Research Institute

Steven Leeder PharmD, PhD

Director, Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutic Innovation

International Solutions

The mission, passion, and work of Children’s Mercy Kansas City is not limited to inside the walls of our hospitals and clinics. We welcome physician observers from all over the world. Our hospital partnerships in China, Mexico, and Panama involve the sharing of expertise in such issues as child life, quality improvement, medical education, nursing education, and healthcare improvement. Children’s Mercy is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Healthcare professionals may receive educational credit through Children’s Mercy’s online Grand Rounds. We also operate the only pediatric clinical pharmacology training program in the U.S. that is accredited by the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology. Our free resources are designed to support your efforts to provide the very best patient care. Colleagues around the world may view published research, explore educational opportunities in bioethics and nursing, and access medical resources including: featured research, medical newsletters medical apps, clinical practice guidelines, and our health sciences library.

International Solutions EmailInternational Solutions Website