Kirsten Anderson, MD
Rush Medical College

I grew up in Lake Forest Park, WA, across the lake from Valley Medical Center.  In undergrad, I studied political science and environmental studies at the University of Washington.  Upon graduation, I was an AmeriCorps volunteer and spent a year building parks in low income, underserved communities of Seattle, after which, I became a research associate at a public interest environmental law firm in San Francisco.

I decided to pursue a career in medicine after I witnessed the emotional connection my family had with our family doctor.  I moved to the Midwest to attend Rush Medical College in Chicago.  Chicago is where I came to appreciate cold weather, ate more hot dogs and deep dish pizza than one ever should, and found my wonderful husband, Son.

I found my home at Rush in the family medicine department.  I participated in the Family Medicine Leadership Program and was fortunate to have a continuity clinic experience for all four years of medical school.  I loved developing relationships with patients over time and having the privilege of getting to know whole families. In addition, I found that family medicine allows me to fully delve into my interests in preventive medicine and public health. 

I’m thrilled to have matched at Valley and call the Pacific Northwest home again.  My favorite summertime activities are eating my husband’s BBQ and doing triathlons, where I often train with and compete neck in neck with my sister.  My favorite wintertime activities include cross country skiing and curling up with a good book and hot cup of coffee.