Kristen K. Stuppy MD, FAAP
Because I did not have a traditional childhood growing up as an "Army Brat" all over the country and Japan, I have really come to value watching my children grow up with roots in one area and myself becoming a part of one community. The opportunities offered to families here are amazing, from wonderful schools to my favorite park (Deanna Rose Farmstead) to countless activities. This is the biggest city I have lived in, yet it feels small because I see people I know everywhere I go.
My parents say I started talking about being a doctor when I was 3 years old. I'm sure many kids with a doctor kit do the same. As I grew I enjoyed reading and science and I have always wanted to help others. Becoming a physician seemed natural as I progressed in school but I wasn't sure I wanted to be a pediatrician until my pediatric rotation in medical school. I loved the potential to make a difference in someone's life long term. So much of medicine seemed to put band aides on a big problem. Most medical school rotations are hospital based so students see the sickest of the sick. It seemed like adult patients were simply on the way to end of life. I know that isn't the case but I was excited in my pediatric rotation because those kids - despite being very sick - usually completely recovered and could have a long life ahead of them. Even better, much of what a general pediatrician does is preventative medicine. We can help families learn to raise their children with a healthy lifestyle!
My husband and I settled in Overland Park because my husband wanted to join his family's greenhouse business in the KC area. We now have two fantastic teens who keep us busy. After work at the office I work as the family housekeeper/cook, organizer of the family calendar. I volunteer at our church and as a board member of ADHDKC. Over the years I have served as chair of the pediatric departments at Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center and have participated in various committees for those departments. I manage the Pediatric Partners social media, and have been a speaker at various pediatric conferences on the topic of social media.
I am privileged to be able to help families keep their children healthy and I love watching entire families grow! If you really want to know what I think, follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter. I do our office social media to help share information-- feel free to request specific topics. Even more personal thoughts are shared on my blog: Quest for Health.
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If you see me out and about please say "hi" -- I think many of the younger kids are surprised that I don't live at the office. They get a kick out of seeing that I have a family and do "real" things too.
Accepting new patients:
Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University), 1992
University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992
Raymond Blank Children's Hospital, Des, Moines, Iowa, 1999
American Board of Pediatrics
National Board of Physicians and Surgeons
In Practice Since:
On staff at Children's Mercy South Hospital, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, St. Luke's South Hospital, Menorah Medical Center, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
- “New Protocol for Management of Hyperbilirubinemia in the Newborn Infant”
- Overland Park Regional Medical Center
- December 8-9, 2004
- “Tips & Tricks for Getting Your ADHD Kid to Eat”
- Presented with Sara Gould, Children’s Mercy Clinics; Heather Cardin, DC
- February 19, 2013
- “Have a Social Media Presence While Managing a Thriving Pediatric Practice”
- SOAPM-PPMA Practice Management Webinar
- Presented with Brandon Betancourt, Practice Administrator of Salud Pediatrics
- October 17, 2013
- “Internet Safety Counseling in the Medical Home”
- Kansas Chapter of the AAP Spring Meeting
- April 24, 2015
- “Likes and Shares: Effective Use of Facebook to Raise Awareness and Change Behavior”
- Pediatric Academic Society Workshop presented with Michael Patrick, MD, Ohio State University College of Medicine and David Stukus, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital
- May 3, 2016