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Anna R. Kuo

Anna R. Kuo, M.D.

Name:

Anna R. Kuo, M.D.

Email:

arkped@me.com

www.peachtreeparkpeds.com

Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

Yale University - B.S in Biology, 1985

Medical School:

Emory University School of Medicine, 1989

In practice since:

1993

Your Specialty:

General pediatrics, first as a faculty member in the Division of General Pediatrics at Hughes Spalding (1993-2000) and now as a partner at Peachtree Park Pediatrics, a five person private practice in Buckhead.

Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:

Pediatric residency at the University of Maryland, 1989-1992, chief residency, 1992-1993

How did you choose your specialty?

I entered medical school considering OB/GYN, but like all future pediatricians I was immediately captivated by the newborn in the warming bed and not the placenta during deliveries.   During my first night on call in pediatrics I was playing with a patient when the senior resident told me I was great with kids and should consider being a pediatrician.  It was a light bulb moment for me!  In retrospect I was always drawn to children, and also enjoyed teaching, which is a large part of what pediatricians do.

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

MOST:  Pediatrics is a joyful specialty; everyday I get to experience wonder, encourage potential, and have great fun.  My colleagues in pediatrics are also the best people you can surround yourself with.   I enjoy the intellectual challenge and the art of pediatrics.  I love taking a detailed history, which is particularly challenging because it is usually an adult, not the patient, giving it.  I love the way pediatricians have to be flexible and imaginative in order to interact with children and young adults.  And I enjoy educating parents and patients about diagnoses and management.  My relationship with my patients can last for decades, as I am now taking care of the children of my former patients. There is no bigger honor than to be to be entrusted with the health of a child.

LEAST:  The difficult part of caring for children are the myriad of external forces which I have limited control over: how people choose to parent, socioeconomic forces, and political policies.

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?

Pediatricians need a whole lot of patience, empathy, optimism, energy, intellectual curiosity, a desire to advocate, and a great sense of humor!

Hobbies/special interests:

  • Adventure traveling and adventure eating
  • Cooking
  • Bootcamp and 200 mile team relay races
  • Meeting interesting people
  • Sharing belly laughs with 6 month olds
  • My three children