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Michael Artman, MD

Dr. Artman, Children's Mercy
Michael Artman, MD

Chair Pediatrics
Children's Research Institute

Michael Artman, MD, joined Children’s Mercy Kansas City in October 2010. He is the Joyce C. Hall Eminent Scholar in Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. He also serves as Senior Vice President and Pediatrician-in-Chief. He is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Artman was also appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in January 2014.

He brings his expertise building and leading research teams at each of his previous institutions to his role with the Children’s Research Institute, where he serves on the internal scientific leadership team, guiding operations and strategy. He is also heavily involved in recruiting scientific investigators who share the same vision as the Children’s Research Institute leadership—to change the future of pediatric medicine by finding ways to diagnose faster, treat more precisely, cure and ultimately prevent childhood diseases.

Dr. Artman is an internationally recognized pediatric cardiologist. Research has been a central component throughout his academic career, beginning in medical school. Most of his own research has been at the basic molecular and cellular level.

His clinical interests are in cardiovascular pharmacology and heart failure in children. His research in the area of excitation-contraction coupling and regulation of contractile function in the immature heart has been funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Heart Association (AHA) and several national foundations. He has published numerous papers, books, and book chapters on these and related topics.

Dr. Artman has served on a variety of local, regional, national and international committees and scientific peer review committees, including a term as Chair of the ESTA Study Section at NIH, NHLBI, Chair of the Protocol Review Committee for the Pediatric Heart Network at NHLBI, and Chair of numerous Special Emphasis Panels at NIH. He was a member of the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee at the FDA. Dr. Artman served as President of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) 2017-2019.

Dr. Artman received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan., where he graduated summa cum laude. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and subsequently the Alumni Achievement Award. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La. (AOA, 1978). He completed his pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship training at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

In 1984, he joined the faculty at the University of South Alabama in Pediatrics and Pharmacology and remained there until 1994. He then served as Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology and Pharmacology at New York University School of Medicine and Director of Pediatric Cardiology at NYU Medical Center from 1994-2004. He was Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of UI Children’s Hospital from 2005-2010.