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Chief Scientific Officer Gregory Kearns of Children's Mercy receives honorary AAP fellowship

Gregory Kearns, PharmD, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Associate Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Mercy, was recently selected as an Honorary Fellow to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

An Honorary Fellow is a distinguished position which recognizes physicians and non-physicians who have made significant contributions to child health. In receiving this life-long appointment, Kearns joins a select group of only 162 Honorary Fellows in the world. 

"We are delighted that the AAP elected Dr. Kearns for this very exclusive position," said Charles Roberts, MD, Executive Medical Director at Children's Mercy. "He has worked tirelessly to advance pediatric clinical pharmacology and pediatric drug development which will profoundly affect the health of children in our own community and beyond."

Kearns joined the staff at Children's Mercy in 1996 as the Marion Merrell Dow Endowed Chair in Pediatric Medical Research, and he initiated the pediatric pharmacology program at the hospital. He has compiled extensive research focused in the discipline of pediatric clinical pharmacology and has authored or co-authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications. Kearns obtained a BS Pharm. from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy; PharmD degree from the University of Cincinnati; and a PhD degree in Clinical Pharmacology from the Erasmus University School of Medicine in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.