Medicine / Pediatrics

PGY2 – Class of 2021

PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Chief Residents

Matthew Warren

Med school: Mercer University SOM
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Career aspirations: something in cardiology possibly, but I’m still pretty wide open
Hobbies: My main passion is waterfowl hunting, but I also enjoy other types of wingshooting, fishing, hunting alongside our two English cocker spaniels, boating, and cooking. I’m hoping to start a small garden while here in KC as well.
Why did you choose UMKC? I really liked everything I saw here, from the city to the hospitals to the residents. It really seemed like a great fit.
What do you like to do in Kansas City?  Well haven’t been around much yet but hopefully it will include hunting and enjoying the outdoors, as well as the great museums around the city, and of course the great BBQ.
What inspires you? I am inspired by constantly striving to better myself as a physician in order to best take care of my patients. Medicine is a constantly evolving field and I hope to always keep learning.
Where do you live in Kansas City? Mission Hills, KS with my wife and two dogs. 

Scott Biggerstaff

Medical School: A.T. Still University (Kirksville)
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
Career aspirations: international medical education, medical missions
Hobbies: soccer, reading, naps, snacks, gardening, camping
Why did you choose UMKC:  I really enjoyed working with the residents and faculty during a one month Sub-I.  The program’s based at three great teaching hospitals and I could tell the Med-Peds residents and faculty liked each other in a way that went beyond coworker civility.  Plus, my family’s close by and I love Kansas City sports.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: attend Royals games, post up at coffee shops, check out First Fridays, scavenge the West Bottoms, poke around City Market, visit the Nelson, and play with my niece and nephew
Who inspires you:
 men and women of heroic virtue; Jesus
Where do you live in Kansas City: Lee’s Summit


Kristen Jones

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
Career aspirations: I really love intensive care and currently plan on doing either an adult or pediatric critical care fellowship.
Hobbies: I really love to read.  And I like to bake – cupcakes are the most fun!  I recently discovered yoga and I’m learning to embrace falling.  I listen to lots of country music.  And naps – I like naps.
Why did you choose UMKC: My interview at UMKC really sealed the deal.  I knew going in that it would be a phenomenal place to learn.  And then on my interview, I really felt like I clicked with the residents and the faculty.  It struck me as a place were I could find a family.
What do you like to do in Kansas City:  ​I love the River Market area!  And I really enjoy finding new coffee shops or little restaurants to try.  Plus, I really like that the Broncos play in KC at least once a year!!
What inspires you: 
 Attendings who never loose the thrill of learning and those that go the extra mile for their patients.  My husband – who pursues his goals with seemingly unfailing drive.
Where do you live in Kansas City: Downtown


Grant Parker

Medical School:  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Hometown:  Overland Park, KS
Career aspirations:  Primary Care
Hobbies:  Reading, traveling, and working out.
Why did you choose UMKC:  Everything about my interview day was awesome.  The program director and coordinator made everything feel so welcoming.  The faculty and residents I interacted with were all happy and wonderful.  Overall, it felt like a supportive environment and a place I fit in.  The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics programs felt strong with three large and diverse hospitals for training.  Also, Kansas City is a great place to live.
What do you like to do in Kansas City:  I enjoy going to see the variety of bands that come to play in KC.  The Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Museums are great places to spend some free time.  There is an endless amount of food to eat in KC.  It is always relaxing to find a nice patio to enjoy some tasty food, sunlight, and fresh air.
What inspires you:  My family and friends are a constant source of inspiration for me.
Where do you live in Kansas City:  Crossroads District

Anna Leu

Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Career aspirations: Outpatient Med/Peds Clinic
Hobbies: Cooking, throwing any sort of themed party (old person party, pancakes and plaids party, 20s themed…you name it), hiking, or playing with our adorable Goldendoodle, Penny Lane. When I am not doing those things you can probably find me posted up on my couch watching BBC crime dramas or Game of Thrones.
Why did you choose UMKC: I fell in love with the UMKC program from day one. The faculty and staff I interviewed with were approachable and down-to-earth. I knew I would be surrounded by supportive people as I started the very difficult journey that is residency. The UMKC Med-Peds residents are what impressed me the most about the program–They were fun, intelligent, and easy to talk to. As well, they were very balanced people that worked hard, but also enjoyed life outside of the hospital.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Go to outdoor concerts, run with my dog in the beautiful parks throughout KC, and of course eat lots of BBQ!
What inspires you: My family. They are all very hardworking and caring people so I strive to make them proud every day.
Where do you live in Kansas City: My fiancé and I bought a house in Armour Hills.

Kaitlin Wittler

Medical School: University of Kansas
Wichita, KS
Career aspirations:
I would love to be a Med/Peds hospitalist. I am also very interested in palliative care. 
Netflix, dancing, Harry Potter, the Bachelor franchise, making friends out of strangers, Facebook creeping, and extreme ironing (when you are running late and have only seconds to iron something). 
Why did you choose UMKC?
I chose UMKC because of how much I laughed during the two days at my interview. Dr. Gardner was also clearly so passionate about the program and cared so much about her residents. I knew this was an environment that would challenge and support me. 
What do you like to do in Kansas City?
I have a lot of family in Kansas City and we frequently have potluck dinners (my friends often tag along). I love going to concerts and doing trivia nights. 
What inspires you?
My parents, my mentors, my patients. 
Where do you live in Kansas City?