Kristen Leadbetter, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, specializing in neonatal-perinatal medicine. She completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and a pediatric residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital, both in St. Louis, MO. She earned her bachelor's and medical degrees through a combined BA/MD program at University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Leadbetter is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. Her clinical interests include promoting family-centered and developmentally supportive care, and she has conducted research regarding the best oral feeding practices for premature babies.