Shannon Carpenter, MD, leads the pediatric hematology program at Children's Mercy Kansas City


The Section of Hematology has a strong Sickle Cell Program that follows approximately 300 patients with sickle cell. Our Hemophilia Treatment Center follows more than 300 patients annually. Additionally, we have an excellent Coagulation/Thrombosis service that follows more than 500 patients with bleeding disorders. 

Leaders in Treating Pediatric Blood Disorders

  • Our team collaborates with other specialists and research scientists across the U.S. to treat children with a range of blood disorders.
  • Our staff leads cutting-edge research studies that are leading to better diagnosis and treatment for pediatric blood disorders. 
  • We provide specialized treatment and research opportunities for conditions such as pediatric hemophilia, hematological disorders, and sickle cell disease.
  • Our LAUNCH program ensures a smooth transition for patients with bleeding disorders transitioning from pediatric to adult care.

Young Women's Bleeding Disorder Clinic

This clinic provides young women with menorrhagia support from a team of experienced providers including an adolescent gynecologist, physicians, nurse practitioners and social workers. 

Scheduling a Clinic Visit
The clinic team will review treatment plans, monitor patients' symptoms, and provide education as needed. The Young Women's Clinic for those with Bleeding Disorders will be held quarterly at Children's Mercy Hospital in the Hematology/Oncology clinic. The clinics are scheduled Monday afternoons. To schedule an appointment, call (816) 302-6869.

Transitioning from Childhood to Adulthood

The LAUNCH Program is designed to support kids with bleeding disorders as they transition from childhood to adulthood. The program is intended for young adults (age 15 and older) who have bleeding disorders and are transitioning from pediatric to adult care.

LAUNCH was designed with input from a group of young adults in order to make the transition to adult care as smooth as possible. The program helps patients maximize lifelong well-being by providing continuous, high-quality health care. Our team encourages young adults to become active participants in their care. 

Suggested Resources

Midwest Hemophilia Association
Get information about group support and education for bleeding disorders in the Kansas City area.
Visit the Midwest Hemophilia Association's site

Canadian Hemophilia Society
Get resources about hemophilia, news, and other useful information.
Visit the Canadian Hemophilia Society's site

National Blood Clot Alliance
Stay updated on the latest news about blood clots, including testimonials and events.
Visit the National Blood Clot Alliance site

National Hemophilia Foundation
Learn about treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders as well as education, advocacy, and research.
Visit the National Hemophilia Foundation's site

Hemophilia Federation of America
The Hemophilia Federation of America serves as a consumer advocate for safe, affordable, and obtainable blood products and health coverage, as well as a better quality of life for all persons with bleeding disorders.
Visit the Hemophilia Federation of America's site

The Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation

Each year, the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Mercy Kansas City provides comprehensive care to nearly 2,000 children with childhood cancers, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders, with survival rates frequently above national averages. At any given time, the Division is participating in 80–100 clinical and laboratory trials, including several national trials led by its own investigators. As the primary pediatric cancer provider and the only NCI Children’s Oncology Group institution in the Midwest Cancer Alliance, Children’s Mercy is the pediatric consortium partner for the National Cancer Institute-designated The University of Kansas Cancer Center and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. This partnership offers progress in cutting-edge cancer research to help the plight of children with cancer. The Division also has received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.

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