Kaitlin Ryan-Smith, MD



American Board of Pediatrics



Medical School:

Drexel University


Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters


Duke University School of Medicine


Dr. Ryan-Smith grew up in New York, and decided to pursue her pediatric residency at EVMS/CHKD because of the amazing and welcoming nature of the program.

While at CHKD, Dr. Ryan-Smith developed a passion for taking care of the most fragile babies, working with their families, and being there for them during the most difficult decisions they had to make.

She relocated with her husband to North Carolina to complete her fellowship training at Duke University, and to start their family, which has now grown to two children and two dogs.

Dr. Ryan-Smith returned to CHKD because of her appreciation for the critical and difficult work carried out by the NICU staff. She also wanted to give back to the residency program that had such a profound influence on her life.

Clinical Interests:

  • Neonatal Palliative Care
  • Bioethics
  • Communication and Leadership Training

Honors and Awards:

  • CHKD/EVMS Outstanding Senior Resident Award
  • The Sir William Osler Award for Outstanding Resident
  • Pediatric Rotation Resident Teaching Award
  • Ken Ginsburg Soul of Medicine Award

Contact Info:



CHKD Main Hospital
601 Children's Ln
Norfolk, VA 23518



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