Dr. Michele Kilo is Chief of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences at The Children’s Mercy Hospital. She graduated from the UMKC School of Medicine and remained in Kansas City for her Pediatric Residency and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship, both at CMH. Immediately upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Kilo was asked to become Chief of the Section of Developmental Medicine and Psychology. In the 17 years as the Section’s leader, Michele is most proud of the unique collaboration between Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical and Behavioral Psychology and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics that exists in her Section. In 1996 these specialties were merged into one to form the present comprehensive Section.
Dr. Kilo has served in many medical staff leadership roles at CMH including her election as President of the Medical Staff for 2003 – 04. For the past 12 years Michele has been Chair of the Medical Staff Health and Wellness Committee and for the past 2 years she has been the medical staff liaison for the Staff Advocacy Committee. The work of these committees is in supporting members of the medical and allied healthcare staff with issues of mental and behavioral health and overall well-being. Since 2003 Michele has been an appointed member of the State Physician Health Committee for the Missouri State Medical Association.
As an advocate for children with special needs, Dr. Kilo volunteers as a member or chairs several community boards of not-for-profit organizations in the Kansas City area. She was integrally involved in the formation of the Bi-State Autism Initiative, which hosted the first ever Kansas City Autism Summit in April 2007 which brought together close to 200 parents and providers to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and set the tone for collaborative efforts for this population of children and families in our greater community. Under her leadership the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences has been named one of the three Missouri Autism Centers of Excellence and has received significant funding from the State of Missouri/Department of Mental Health for early identification of children with autism. Most recently in September 2008 Dr. Kilo was appointed by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt to the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders and in November 2008 Michele was asked to be one of four Autism experts to lead Missouri’s efforts to write a comprehensive manual outlining screening, diagnosis and assessment for ASDs. This document, The Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative, is now complete and due for publication and dissemination in early 2010.
In March of 2001 Michele was named the Carol Belt Advocacy Award by Children’s Mercy Hospital in recognition and appreciation for her outstanding work on behalf of all children in the Kansas City community. In 2007 Michele received the esteemed Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award from the nationally recognized Gold Humanism Society. In 2009 Michele was named Volunteer of the Year by the Kansas City Reach Out and Read Community Council, an organization that Michele co-founded in 1997 that provides free books to children from birth thru 5 years at 40 pediatric provider locations throughout the region.