Stephen Kingsmore, MB, ChB, BAO, DSc, FRCPath
Director, Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine
Stephen F. Kingsmore was appointed Director of the Children's Mercy Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine in January 2011. He was named one of the best physicians of 2012 by Medscape. Previously, Dr. Kingsmore was variously the President, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the National Center for Genome Resources, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to this, Dr. Kingsmore was Chief Operating Officer of Molecular Staging Inc., Vice President of Research of CuraGen Corp. and Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. Dr. Kingsmore received a B.Sc. in medical microbiology, degrees in medicine (M.B., Ch.B., B.A.O.) and D.Sc. in molecular genetics from the Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Rheumatology at Duke. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) and a member of the DHHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children Carrier Screening Workgroup. His research interests are genome analysis, systems surveys and individualized medicine.
Carol Saunders, PhD
Clinical Laboratory Director
Carol Saunders is the Director of Laboratory Compliance, Test Interpretation, and Reporting for the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine. She has been with Children's Mercy for over 9 years as the Director of the Clinical Molecular Genetics Laboratory. She is as Associate Professor at the UMKC School of Medicine and has appointments at the University of Kansas Medical School and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. As a native Kansan, she attended the University of Kansas where she graduated with both a B.S. in Genetics and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, where she was awarded NRSA funding to study the diagnosis and treatment of mitochondrial disorders. She is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, and certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics as a Clinical Molecular Geneticist. Her research interests are mitochondrial disorders and the clinical implementation of genomic medicine.
Sarah Soden, MD
Dr. Soden became the Medical Director of the Center in March of 2011. Dr. Soden's clinical practice involves the diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders including intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders. She is board certified in Neurodevelopmental Disability. Dr. Soden is a graduate of the University Of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Her Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship program was sponsored by The University of Kansas Developmental Disabilities Center and Children's Mercy Hospital. Research interests include detection of medical co-morbidities in patients with intellectual disability, and the clinical and ethical implications of genomic medicine.
Director of Informatics and Software Development Neil Miller joined the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine as Director of Informatics in March 2011. His previous positions include Deputy Director, Software Engineering at the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Senior Software Engineer at iXL, inc, and Applications Developer for Genome Therapeutics Corporation in Waltham, MA. Mr. Miller holds a bachelor's degree from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and has done graduate work in software engineering at Northeastern University and Brandeis University. His research interests include high performance computing, data visualization and high throughput genome analysis.
Darrell Dinwiddie, PhD
Director of Lab Operations
Darrell L. Dinwiddie graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico in 2003 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology. In 2008, he earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Darrell completed postdoctoral training in virology and immunology at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in human genetics at the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2011, he joined Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics in Kansas City, MO as the Director of Lab Operations for the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine. At Children's Mercy, Darrell leads and manages the design, development and deployment of sequence production workflows and quality control systems in support of the Center's operations to develop next-generation sequencing based clinical tests. Dr. Dinwiddie is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics.
Emily Farrow, PhD, CGC
Emily Farrow joined the Center as a research scientist in February 2012. She is an assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and has a secondary appointment at the Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. She obtained her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2006 followed by her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics in 2009. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship supported by a National Kidney Foundation research grant in phosphate regulation at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Farrow is also a board certified genetic counselor. Her research interests include metabolic bone disorders and the role of genetic counseling in genomic medicine.
Melanie Patterson, MB (ASCP)
Joanne Hoang, MB (ASCP)
Lisa Bartron, MB (ASCP)
Director of Professional Services