Kristen Leadbetter, MD


    About me

    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.



    Education & training

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics - Neonatology
    Co-Director Undergraduate Medical Education Program
    Board Certifications
    Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    Medical School
    Doctorate of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City 2001-2008
    Pediatric Resident, Saint Louis Children's Hospital 2008-2011
    Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine 2011-2013


    Treatments & procedures

    Hospital privileges

    • HSHS St. John's Hospital, Springfield, IL

    Clinical trials


    A Randomized, Double Blind, Parallel-group, Placebo Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of IBP-9414 in Premature Infants 500-1500g Birth Weight in the Prevention of Necrotizing Enterocolitis - The Connection Study

    Active recruiting

    The purpose of the clinical study is to compare the effectiveness of IBP-9414 treatment against placebo in preventing necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants.


    Treatments: Prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants