Kristen Park, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Neurology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Mayo Medical School (2002)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (NC) (1995)
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Child Neurology (2007)
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Program, Pediatrics (2004)
  • Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurophysiology (2008)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology

Professional Titles

  • Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship

Research Interests

Genetic causes of epilepsy, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain malformations


  • Diverse genetic causes of polymicrogyria with epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2021 Apr;62(4):973-983. PubMed PMID: 33818783
  • Pellinen J, Tafuro E, Yang A, Price D, Friedman D, Holmes M, Barnard S, Detyniecki K, Hegde M, Hixson J, Haut S, Kälviäinen R, French J. Focal nonmotor versus motor seizures: The impact on diagnostic delay in focal epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2020 Dec;61(12):2643-2652. PubMed PMID: 33078409
  • Pellinen J, Tafuro E, Baehr A, Barnard S, Holmes M, French J. The Impact of Clinical Seizure Characteristics on Recognition and Treatment of New-onset Focal Epilepsy in Emergency Departments. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32810323
  • Hsieh TC, Mensah MA, Pantel JT, Aguilar D, Bar O, Bayat A, Becerra-Solano L, Bentzen HB, Biskup S, Borisov O, Braaten O, Ciaccio C, Coutelier M, Cremer K, Danyel M, Daschkey S, Eden HD, Devriendt K, Wilson S, Douzgou S, Ðukic D, Ehmke N, Fauth C, Fischer-Zirnsak B, Fleischer N, Gabriel H, Graul-Neumann L, Gripp KW, Gurovich Y, Gusina A, Haddad N, Hajjir N, Hanani Y, Hertzberg J, Hoertnagel K, Howell J, Ivanovski I, Kaindl A, Kamphans T, Kamphausen S, Karimov C, Kathom H, Keryan A, Knaus A, Köhler S, Kornak U, Lavrov A, Leitheiser M, Lyon GJ, Mangold E, Reina PM, Carrascal AM, Mitter D, Herrador LM, Nadav G, Nöthen M, Orrico A, Ott CE, Park K, Peterlin B, Pölsler L, Raas-Rothschild A, Randolph L, Revencu N, Fagerberg CR, Robinson PN, Rosnev S, Rudnik S, Rudolf G, Schatz U, Schossig A, Schubach M, Shanoon O, Sheridan E, Smirin-Yosef P, Spielmann M, Suk EK, Sznajer Y, Thiel CT, Thiel G, Verloes A, Vrecar I, Wahl D, Weber I, Winter K, Wisniewska M, Wollnik B, Yeung MW, Zhao M, Zhu N, Zschocke J, Mundlos S, Horn D, Krawitz PM. PEDIA: prioritization of exome data by image analysis. Genet Med. 2019 Jun 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31164752
  • Helbig I, Riggs ER, Barry CA, Klein KM, Dyment D, Thaxton C, Sadikovic B, Sands TT, Wagnon JL, Liaquat K, Cilio MR, Mirzaa G, Park K, Axeen E, Butler E, Bardakjian TM, Striano P, Poduri A, Siegert RK, Grant AR, Helbig KL, Mefford HC. The ClinGen Epilepsy Gene Curation Expert Panel-Bridging the divide between clinical domain knowledge and formal gene curation criteria. Hum Mutat. 2018 Nov;39(11):1476-1484. PubMed PMID: 30311377
  • Wolff M, Johannesen KM, Hedrich UBS, Masnada S, Rubboli G, Gardella E, Lesca G, Ville D, Milh M, Villard L, Afenjar A, Chantot-Bastaraud S, Mignot C, Lardennois C, Nava C, Schwarz N, Gérard M, Perrin L, Doummar D, Auvin S, Miranda MJ, Hempel M, Brilstra E, Knoers N, Verbeek N, van Kempen M, Braun KP, Mancini G, Biskup S, Hörtnagel K, Döcker M, Bast T, Loddenkemper T, Wong-Kisiel L, Baumeister FM, Fazeli W, Striano P, Dilena R, Fontana E, Zara F, Kurlemann G, Klepper J, Thoene JG, Arndt DH, Deconinck N, Schmitt-Mechelke T, Maier O, Muhle H, Wical B, Finetti C, Brückner R, Pietz J, Golla G, Jillella D, Linnet KM, Charles P, Moog U, Õiglane-Shlik E, Mantovani JF, Park K, Deprez M, Lederer D, Mary S, Scalais E, Selim L, Van Coster R, Lagae L, Nikanorova M, Hjalgrim H, Korenke GC, Trivisano M, Specchio N, Ceulemans B, Dorn T, Helbig KL, Hardies K, Stamberger H, de Jonghe P, Weckhuysen S, Lemke JR, Krägeloh-Mann I, Helbig I, Kluger G, Lerche H, Møller RS. Genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity suggest therapeutic implications in SCN2A-related disorders. Brain. 2017 May 1;140(5):1316-1336. PubMed PMID: 28379373
  • Bramswig NC, Lüdecke HJ, Hamdan FF, Altmüller J, Beleggia F, Elcioglu NH, Freyer C, Gerkes EH, Demirkol YK, Knupp KG, Kuechler A, Li Y, Lowenstein DH, Michaud JL, Park K, Stegmann APA, Veenstra-Knol HE, Wieland T, Wollnik B, Engels H, Strom TM, Kleefstra T, Wieczorek D. Heterozygous HNRNPU variants cause early onset epilepsy and severe intellectual disability. Hum Genet. 2017 Jul;136(7):821-834. PubMed PMID: 28393272
  • Mulkey SB, Ben-Zeev B, Nicolai J, Carroll JL, Grønborg S, Jiang YH, Joshi N, Kelly M, Koolen DA, Mikati MA, Park K, Pearl PL, Scheffer IE, Spillmann RC, Taglialatela M, Vieker S, Weckhuysen S, Cooper EC, Cilio MR. Neonatal nonepileptic myoclonus is a prominent clinical feature of KCNQ2 gain-of-function variants R201C and R201H. Epilepsia. 2017 Mar;58(3):436-445. PubMed PMID: 28139826
  • Manuscript title: Kinetically stabilizing mutations in beta tubulins create isotype-specific brain malformations Journal: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, section Membrane Traffic Article type: Original Research Authors: Kristen Park, Katelyn Hoff, Linnea Wethekam, Nicholas Stence, Margarita Saenz, Jeffrey Moore Manuscript ID: 765992
  • Joseph Symonds, Katherine Elliott, Stewart MacLeod, Cyril Mignot, Arnaud Isapof, Boris Keren, Yuri Zarate, Kristen Park, Margarita Saenz, Kathleen Brown, Shelagh Joss, Mary Callaghan, Julian Knight, Sameer Zuberi. Ribosomal polymerase disorders: an important cause of developmental and epileptic encephalopathy with myoclonic seizures. 14th European Paediatric Neurology Society Congress Abstract no: EPNS21-419
  • American Journal of Medical Genetics: Part A. Taylor, James, Spiller, Michael, Ranguin, Kara, Vitobello, Antonio, Cappuccio, Gerarda, Brunetti-Pierri, Nicola, Willems, Marjolaine, Isidor, Bertrand, Park, Kristen, Balasubramanian, M. Expanding the phenotype of HNRNPU-related neurodevelopmental disorder with emphasis on seizure phenotype and review of literature. American Journal of Medical Genetics: Part A. Manuscript ID: 21-0983
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Professional Memberships

  • Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado, Member, Board of Directors
  • American Epilepsy Society, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Child Neurology, Board Certification (2008)
  • Clinical Neurophysiology, Board Certification (2011)
  • Epilepsy, Board Certification (2013)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System - Epilepsy
  • Brain and Nervous System
Care Philosophy
Child neurology is simultaneously a challenging and rewarding field. The brain is a complex and unique organ and its organization and output are what make us each unique and human. Unfortunately, these same characteristics often make the consequences of neurologic disease devastating for patients and families, especially when it affects children. Trained as a pediatric epileptologist, I diagnose and treat patients with this common neurologic disorder every day. Seventy percent of my patients have intractable epilepsy (failure of 2-3 standard medications). In this situation, there are no right answers and the treatment of children becomes a team effort. Into the fight against this disease, parents bring their exquisite knowledge of their child, desire to obtain the best quality of life, and unfailing hope. I bring clinical knowledge, best practices, diagnostic tools, and an armamentarium of treatments. Unfortunately, the latter does not come without costs nor are the options always benign. There are a lot of tears in my clinic but each day I try to find something positive on which to focus. Sometimes the victories are small – a smile from a healthy baby and relieved parents who thought his twitching at night was seizure activity – and sometimes they are life changing – seizure freedom after an invasive operation. I remember that my job is to provide information and guidance for a situation that has too many unknowns for both sides. I try to practice medicine rationally, teaching families and patients as I go about why tests are ordered, how medications work, and the biologic basis of their disease. Ultimately, I respect the families with whom I work and strive to support them in whatever decisions we make together.

Personal Interests
I am a member of the Cherry Creek Chorale and play several musical instruments.

Volunteer Activities
I completed the Avon 39 in 2017 (New York, NY).

Public Speaking
I have spoken about a variety of epilepsy educational topics.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Mayo Medical School (2002)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (NC) (1995)
Residency Programs:
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Child Neurology (2007)
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Program, Pediatrics (2004)
  • Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurophysiology (2008)
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Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology
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CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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