Kristen Lancaster, M.D. is an Assistant Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics and serves as a Chief Resident for the UTSW Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s Medical Center.  She is a proud native of Pittsburgh, PA.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Music Performance from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Biology for her undergraduate thesis in evolutionary genetics, which was funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research award.  Kristen then went on to complete her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  While in medical school, she performed research in personalized genomic medicine with the Amish Wellness Project.  As a Pediatric resident at UTSW, she continued to explore her clinical interests in Medical Genetics by presenting numerous lectures and case discussions on genetic diseases, as well as conducting clinical research on craniosynostosis under the guidance of Angela E. Scheuerle, M.D.  During her Chief Resident year, she was recently elected to the national Chief Resident Executive Council for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD).  Outside of medicine, Kristen enjoys singing, watching musicals, and traveling with her family.



Medical School
University of Maryland School of Medicine (2017)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020), Pediatrics

Research Interest

  • Craniofacial Syndromes
  • Genomic medicine applications for critically ill patients
  • Medical Education of Genetics and Metabolism

Honors & Awards

  • Chief Resident Executive Council
    Association of Pediatric Program Directors (2020-2022)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors (2020)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on Genetics (2019)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2016)