Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement
Children’s Mercy Pediatric Residency Program is committed to recruiting and training a diverse group of pediatric residents. We seek to provide high quality clinical care by creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of patients we serve.
We embrace diversity in all its forms, including race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. We strive to create an inclusive community where all feel welcome and supported.
Underrepresented Minority Recruitment
We strongly encourage qualified applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine. During your interview day at Children’s Mercy you will meet with a member of our URM leadership team for coffee to discuss our diversity efforts and mentorship opportunities throughout your residency.
Children's Mercy Office of Equity and Diversity
Selected Under-Represented Minority Faculty Biographies
Milton A. Fowler, MD
Senior Medical Director, Outreach and Regional Practices; Associate Division Director; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Dr. Fowler is the Senior Medical Director of Outreach and Regional Practices. He also serves as the Associate Division Director of the Emergency Department at Children’s Mercy Kansas. Dr. Fowler leads the clinical outreach efforts as Senior Medical Director for Outreach and Regional Practices. He plays an integral role in growing relationships in the region, supporting and advocating for the physicians in our regional centers, assessing areas for growth or improvement, and delivering the message to all regional providers that Children’s Mercy is a good faith partner.
July Jean Cuevas, MD – Dr. Jean Cuevas is a former fellow in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and now a faculty member in the Developmental-Behavioral Sciences department. She finished Pediatric Residency in New York in 2015 and completed medical school in the Dominican Republic. Her current interests include mental health in minorities, autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.
Bridgette L. Jones, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Dr. Jones joined the faculty in 2011 with combined appointments in Allergy/Immunology and Clinical Pharmacology where she participates in teaching, research, and clinical services . She is the Assistant Program Director for the Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology fellowship program. Her research focus is discrimination of asthma phenotypes in guiding therapeutic treatment for asthma/allergic disease.
Tamorah R. Lewis, MD, PhD
Neonatologist; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Dr. Lewis joined the faculty in 2013 with combined appointments in Neonatology and Clinical Pharmacology. She is an attending in the Children’s Mercy NICU where she teaches many of the third year pediatric residents. Her research involves neonatal pharmacology and neonatal clinical trials.
Felix A. Okah, MD
Neonatologist; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Dr. Okah has been on the Neonatology faculty since 2002. In addition to his clinical responsibilities in the NICU, he serves as an Assistant Dean at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. His research focuses on perinatal epidemiology using existing databases, especially fetal/neonatal outcomes associated with the health behaviors of pregnant women.
Select Trainee Biographies
Employee Resource Groups
Both groups were launched in 2017 with the ultimate goal of:
Fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with Children’s Mercy's organizational mission, vision, values, and goals
Harnessing the talents and engaging the productive energy of our employees
Providing opportunities for professional growth and development