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Kimberly Gandy, M.D., Ph.D.

Kansas City, Kansas Area

Kim is a physician/scientist and entrepreneur. She has high level experience in clinical medicine, science and industry, having recently founded two companies that focus in IT solutions at the patient interface of health care. Her previous experience running transplant divisions made it clear to her that the problem of patient adherence was as large as any facing today's patient populations and she has dedicated her efforts to tackling this problem.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Digital health

    I have significant experience in designing and using digital health engagement tools.

    • Software
    • Mobile development
    • Patient medication adherence
    • Patient Engagement
    • Digital Health
  • Digital health, Health engagement, health systems

    Diverse experience in the health care arena. Have run clinical divisions, basic science laboratories, and health care start ups. Diverse geographic experience also: SF Bay area, midwest and research triangle (North Caroline).

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Inpatient care
    • transplant
    • Heart Failure
    • renal failure
    • heart disease
    • lung failure
    • lung disease

My Interests

Health Sectors
Medical Devices, Digital Health, Biotech, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery


  • Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics,

    Medical College of Wisconsin | August 2010 - Current

  • Chair, Basic Science and Translational Research

    International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation | January 2012 - Current

    The ISHLT is the primary international organization for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

  • Editorial Board Member

    Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation | December 2013 - Current

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics

    UMKC | June 2013 - Current

    Dr. Gandy's work with UMKC involves the study of factors that effect engagement in healthy behaviors. Specifically, she is working with members of Biomedical and Health Informatics in the study of those elements that can be effected through software and software services.

  • President, Co-Founder, CMO

    Health Engagement Center Foundation\ | January 2014 - Current

    The Health Engagement Center Foundation is enabling the implementation of innovative, sustainable health care models in underserved communities using a combination of the latest in information technology and reward-based systems.

  • Founder, CEO

    Play-it Health | August 2013 - Current

    Play-it Health designs customized software and services to improve adherence to healthy medical regimens. Our approach is based on the recognition that patients, family members, and clinicians have different tastes, needs, and skill sets and that engagement will be dependent on understanding and responding to this diversity.

  • Surgical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplantation, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon

    Children's Mercy Hospital | December 2010 - February 2012

  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics

    UMKC | December 2010 - September 2012

  • Associate Director, Children's Research Institute

    Children's Hospital of Wisconsin | December 2008 - Current 2010

  • Associate Professor, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Medical College of Wisconsin

    Medical College of Wisconsin | December 2007 - Current 2010

  • Assistant Professor, Director, Congenital Heart Surgery

    The University of Arizona | December 2006 - Current 2007

  • Assistant Professor, Director, Lung Transplantation

    The University of Arizona | October 2005 - June 2007

  • Research Scientist

    Novartis | December 1997 - Current 1998

    Research Scientist and advisor to clinical trials


  • Stanford University School of Medicine

    Congenital Cardiac Surgery Residency Program | 2003 - 2005

  • Duke University

    Cardiac Surgical Reidency | Thoracic Surgery Residency Program | 2000 - 2003

  • Duke University

    General Surgery Residency | General Surgery Residency Program | 1998 - 2000

  • Stanford University

    PhD | Immunology | 1993 - 1998

  • Northwestern University - The Feinberg School of Medicine

    MD | Medicine | 1986 - 1990

  • Northwestern University

    BA | Music Performance, Piano | 1982 - 1986

  • Kauffman Tech

    Med Tech Ventures