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Dr. Tomi Pastinen named to Modern Healthcare's class of Top 25 Innovators

Dr. Tomi Pastinen

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is proud to announce that Dr. Tomi Pastinen, director of the Genomic Medicine Center at the Children’s Mercy Research Institute, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s Top 25 Innovators. Dr. Pastinen also holds the Dee Lyons/Missouri Endowed Chair in Pediatric Genomic Medicine. This year’s Top 25 Innovators championed solutions to reshape the industry in big and small ways, pushing boundaries to help solve healthcare’s greatest challenges.

"There’s never been a more urgent time for the industry to experiment with innovations that can reshape how care is delivered. The members of this year’s class of Top 25 Innovators have introduced ideas that engage consumers in new ways, lower healthcare costs and take unique approaches to managing population health. The honorees were selected for their work in one of four areas: consumerism, cost reduction, population health and quality/safety. They were selected from nearly 200 nominations. We congratulate this class of honorees and look forward to following their careers," said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare.

“Rare disease patients, particularly children with rare diseases, are being left behind when it comes to receiving a diagnosis. Dr. Tomi Pastinen and his team of researchers launched Genomic Answers for Kids to bring genomics into the core of rare disease research taking place at Children’s Mercy. This first-of-its kind pediatric data repository has the goal of collecting genomic data and health information from 30,000 children and their families,” said Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “We are hopeful to soon witness truly comprehensive access to genetic testing – with optimized interpretation of these tests – to provide a full picture of rare disease and enable precise, sustainable development of therapeutic strategies in the future.”

The complete ranking is featured in the August 16 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.


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Learn more about the Genomic Medicine Center at Children's Mercy