Kristen Ritenour, MD, is an urgent care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and a pediatric hospitalist at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, caring for children admitted to the hospital.

Dr. Ritenour has worked at CHOP since 2010. Her favorite part of working in pediatric urgent care is the fast pace and the variety -- no two shifts are the same. “I enjoy quickly evaluating and treating children with a variety of illnesses and injuries, providing care and guidance during their time of need. Also, kids make things fun!”

For Dr. Ritenour, urgent care fills an important need as a bridge between primary care and the ER. “We provide quality, convenient care for families, triaging those that need additional care. And we offer easily accessible records of a patient’s visit if continuing care is needed.”

She believes that communication with parents is the key to success in the urgent care setting. “Parents should trust their gut. They know their children the best, and their input is critical to help us evaluate their child.”

CHOP’s pediatric Urgent Care Centers provide fast, convenient care for children and teens with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Typically, these are situations when your child can’t wait until the pediatrician’s office is open, but they don’t need the resources of an emergency department (ED). Urgent Care Centers are staffed by board-certified pediatricians and pediatric nurses with expertise in caring for children with urgent healthcare needs. The facilities offer onsite X-rays and testing to help with fast diagnosis and treatment plans.

Learn about the difference between urgent care and ER services, when to choose each and how to find a pediatric Urgent Care location near you.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA


Pediatrics - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Pediatric Hospitalist

Urgent Care Pediatrician

Departments and Services

Awards and Honors

2010, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
2010, American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement
2010, Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society for outstanding performance in Pathology
2006-2008, Pass with Distinction: for outstanding performance in the first 2 years of medical school, University of Virginia School of Medicine
2006, Summa Cum Laude, College of William and Mary
2006, Phi Beta Kappa, College of William and Mary
2006, Omicron Delta Kappa, College of William and Mary
2002-2006, Dean’s List, College of William and Mary

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2018-present, Virtua Voorhees Pediatric ER Quality Improvement Committee
2014-present, Curriculum Committee for CHOP Residents and Fellows at Virtua