Division of General Pediatrics

Dr. Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown, MD
Division Chief

The Division of General Pediatrics consists of a team of general pediatricians who are trained to care for a wide range of pediatric problems, primarily in the ambulatory clinical setting. Academic generalists have special expertise in research, education, advocacy, administration, and leadership. Our academic general pediatricians work in a variety of positions, including major roles in pediatric resident and medical student education, research in general pediatrics, pediatric quality improvement, child advocacy, and administration. Our team is dedicated to leadership in medical education, pediatric research, and providing high quality healthcare to children and adolescents in the context of their families and communities.

Faculty in our division offer multidisciplinary clinical services in our outpatient practices. We work closely with professionals from nursing, behavioral health, social work, and a variety of other fields. We specialize in prevention of disease, primary-care management of children with complex, chronic medical conditions, and care of children and adolescents in the context of their families and communities, including vulnerable and underserved children, adolescents, and families. Faculty in the Division of  General Pediatrics have a primary responsibility for educating the next generation of pediatricians about the combination of clinical care, advocacy, research, and evidence-based medicine. Our faculty physicians provide core teaching in pediatrics for medical students, residents, and others. They are primarily responsible for participation in resident conferences, lectures, didactics, and simulation training. Faculty also participate in formal medical student education and other educational events throughout the institution, including faculty development and leadership development of chief residents. 

Research in General Pediatrics focuses on improving health care delivery and health outcomes for vulnerable children and youth. Our work is based on multidisciplinary and community-based models of scientific investigation, practice change, and continuous quality and clinical improvement. Research focus areas include, but are not limited to, childhood asthma, obesity and nutrition, social determinants of health, adverse childhood experiences, mental and behavioral health, lead prevention, and immunization delivery. 

The WMed Health Pediatrics clinical service provides a broad spectrum of general well and acute illness visits for children, adolescents, and young adults. We are proud to be nationally recognized as a patient-centered medical home. Our model of care emphasizes care coordination and communication to best meet the needs of your child and your family. In addition to providing excellent direct patient care, division faculty coordinate and supervise resident continuity clinics, ambulatory and community educational experiences, and medical student educational experiences at our clinical sites.

Division physicians provide primary care for patients in two locations in our community: 

  • WMed Health Pediatrics - 1000 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo 
  • WMed Health Pediatrics - 670 Mall Drive, Portage