Children’s Mercy gets new leader, increases focus on research

Tom Curran | Photo courtesy of PENN Medicine
Tom Curran | Photo courtesy of PENN Medicine

Children’s Mercy Hospital announced this week that it has hired biologist Tom Curran, former deputy scientific director of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to lead the new Children’s Research Institute.

Curran, who has a lengthy and distinguished resume in both academia and the healthcare industry, plans to emphasize teamwork among scientists and physicians to expand the institute’s research portfolio.

After his academic training, Curran worked at a pharmaceutical company, Hoffmann-La Roche, in New Jersey. From there, he moved to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where he founded its department of developmental neurobiology. He began work at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2006.

Curran says he is enthusiastic about his new role and plans to make Children’s Mercy “the very best hospital research environment” with the “latest science and technology.”

Read more: Kansas City Star

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