Kristopher G. Hooten, MD received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in June 2009. He graduated with highest honors in the top 5 of 210 students, and he was selected by his peers to give the commencement address at graduation. He received the Mavis P. Kelsey Excellence in Medicine Award and the Edward Randall Medal for Academic Excellence. He was president of Alpha Omega Alpha and Theta Kappa Psi Medical Fraternity, and he was member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During medical school Dr. Hooten helped organize the Teen Health Camp, a community service project currently funded by a grant from AOA.
Dr. Hooten, a native Texan, was born in Menard, TX. He attended Trinity University graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Chemistry in 2005. Upon graduating from Trinity, Dr. Hooten was commissioned into the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and participated in the health professional scholarship program. Upon graduating from medical school he was promoted to the rank of Captain. He is currently serving in the 187th Medical Battalion as a fully sponsored medical resident at the University of Florida.
Dr. Hooten plans to pursue a career in academic neurosurgery and has a research interest in regenerative stem cell therapy for neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injury. He began his residency July 2009 and is scheduled to complete the program in 2016.
Dr. Hooten enjoys playing football, golf, softball, and many outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and canoeing. Dr. Hooten is married and is currently learning Spanish.