Dr. Kevin Stephenson joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of General Medical Sciences as an Instructor in July 2022. He sees patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His research focuses on pediatric malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Stephenson has a BA (English Literature, Biology) from Washington University in St. Louis and an MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Stephenson studies acute and chronic forms of malnutrition in children in sub-Saharan Africa. The focus of his research is on clinical trials investigating treatments for children with malnutrition in Malawi, Sierra Leone and Ghana.
Particular interests include improving the formulation of ready-to-use therapeutic food for children with severe acute malnutrition, refining treatment of moderate acute malnutrition, and prevention and treatment of stunting and wasting using insights from study of the fecal microbiome and metabolome as well as from investigation of the small bowel inflammatory disorder, environmental enteric dysfunction.