Karen Stephens, MS, RD, CSP, LD
Assistant Director Nutrition Services
Children's Mercy Kansas City
Kansas City, MO, USA
Karen Stephens, Assistant Director of Nutrition Services at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, uses her expertise in malnutrition, pediatrics, weight management/bariatrics, and enteral nutrition to direct outpatient programs. Karen has extensive experience working in both adult and pediatric hospitals, as well as doing curriculum development, research, and training other dietitians. She was the principal investigator for a study comparing MUAC and BMI z-scores in diagnosing malnutrition. Presently, Karen leads an initiative to improve identification and intervention for patients with severe malnutrition at Children’s Mercy. She is also overseeing training to prepare dietitian/nutritionists to provide medical nutrition therapy for weight management patients in Missouri HealthNet. As a Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition, she has passion for improving children’s health and well-being. Karen was honored in 2020 as the Distinguished Dietitian of the Year by the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and she received the Inquiry Innovation Award for Allied Health at Children’s Mercy in 2019.