Research supporting advances in pediatric surgery is foundation to the program at Children’s Mercy. Dr. Chuck Snyder serves as the Director of Clinical Research and is involved in database development and clinical outcomes evaluation. Dr. Shawn St. Peter, Director of the Center for Prospective Studies, follows patients over time, observing how different variables may impact their long-term outcome. Dr. Tolulope Oyetunji, Director of Health Outcomes Research, is working to establish the Quality Improvement and Surgical Equity Research (QISER) Center. Dr. Oyetunji and the surgery research coordinators, organize the Surgery Research Conference, to educate residents regarding ongoing surgical research at CMH and coordinate research interests among the fellows and staff with the goal of presenting at scientific meetings. Each PSF is encouraged to seek a faculty mentor in an area of surgical research and publish at least one paper or chapter per year as a result of this mentoring process.