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Robert H. Lane, MD, MS


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Robert H. Lane, MD, MS

Robert H. Lane, MD, MS, serves as Physician-in-Chief for the Children’s Mercy Research Institute (CMRI). In this role he facilitates the integration of the research efforts in the clinical academic department at Children’s Mercy Hospital with the research initiatives at CMRI.

In addition to his leadership position with CMRI, Dr. Lane is the physician-in-chief and executive vice president at Children’s Mercy and his responsibilities include the scholarship of the clinical academic departments at Children’s Mercy, which involve over 700 pediatric subspeciality physicians. He also holds the Schellhorn Family Endowed Chair in Medical Administration, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and a Research Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Dr. Lane’s research interests center on perinatal metabolism, epigenomics and fetal growth retardation. Specifically, his research program focuses upon on how perinatal events affect in vivo epigenetic determinants of gene expression and lead to adult disease. Dr. Lane published his first original science manuscript on this focus in 1996 and the majority of his more than 90 original science, peer-reviewed publications since have been devoted to how perinatal events lead to adult disease. In 2003, he published his first original science manuscript on how perinatal events impact in vivo epigenetics. This study stands among the earliest to demonstrate that a perinatal event affected the epigenetics of a specific gene.

Prior to joining Children’s Mercy in January 2020, Dr. Lane was Chair of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Wisconsin and rose to the rank of Associate Dean of Research. In addition, he served as president of the United States Developmental Origin of Health and Disease and the Perinatal Research Society.

Dr. Lane earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency training at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) and went on to complete a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine in the Northwestern University Medical School system. He completed his research training at the University of Chicago under the aegis of the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Pediatric Scientist Training Program.