The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition (CHLN; www.chlnkc.org) at Children’s Mercy Kansas City is seeking a Scientific Medical Director to join our rapidly expanding interdisciplinary team focused on pediatric obesity and other lifestyle related conditions.
The primary responsibilities of this position include leading an externally funded research program in the area of pediatric healthy lifestyles as principal investigator. Specific focus area is open, but previous research experience in pediatric/adolescent obesity or other pediatric/adolescent nutrition or physical activity area is required. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated the ability for leading independent federally-funded research. This position will also have leadership time focused primarily on furthering synergy and partnership between our existing clinical and research programs.
The CHLN is a joint partnership between the University of Kansas Medical Center (www.kumc.edu) and Children’s Mercy Kansas City (www.childrensmercy.org) whose mission is to contribute new knowledge regarding pediatric healthy lifestyles, ranging in scope from biological origins to societal impact. We are committed to reaching all children, especially those in underserved, ethnic minority, low-income communities. The Center has excellent facilities including an 800-square-foot demonstration kitchen with four prep stations, a 500-square-foot wet lab features extensive countertop space, an exhaust hood and a -80 degree freezer. Testing rooms contain an indirect calorimeter, treadmill and DXA; clinical exam rooms and a waiting room are also available. The Center’s 2400-square-foot exercise facility features treadmills, stationary bicycles, elliptical trainers and weight machines, and has a large area for group physical activity. Locker rooms, showers and laundry facilities are also available.
The weight management clinical programs (www.childrensmercy.org/weightmanagement) operate individual and group components that deliver multidisciplinary, age-appropriate, family-centered services, including medical care to manage obesity and related complications, nutrition and physical activity, and behavioral interventions. The CHLN also has specialized clinics for unique populations, including children with obesity and special health care needs and those preparing for bariatric surgery. CHLN weight management programs participate in the Pediatric Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry (POWER), a collaborative of over 30 pediatric weight management programs across the country. POWER has created a data registry that supports ongoing practice improvement in pediatric weight management, and CMKC physicians have provided significant leadership in this effort. The current research programs are exploring physiology, cognition, behavior, and nutrition as it relates to obesity and health, as well as physical activity and diabetes management interventions.
Candidates must have an MD or DO degree, or the equivalent; be board certified or eligible; and have, or be able to obtain, Missouri and Kansas medical licensure. Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated excellence in clinical care and education, and demonstrated interest in obesity medicine. New faculty will join an interdisciplinary team of physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, clinical psychologists, social workers, dietitians, nurses and other personnel dedicated to improving the care of children with obesity – including a recently hired clinical pediatrician who is joining our growing team.
Successful candidates will be employed through Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Non-tenured academic rank through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine or the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Pediatrics will be commensurate with experience. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Required materials include a cover letter expressing interest, a CV, and names of three individuals willing to be contacted for reference. For questions please contact Ann M. Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP, Director, Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, 610 E. 22nd Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108, or any member of the CHLN team. We strongly encourage applications from minority and women candidates, and are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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 recognition four times for excellence in nursing services.