Kristen R. Hurst, M.D.

Pediatric Otolaryngologist

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Dr. Kristen Hurst is fellowship trained in pediatric otolaryngology and is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Hurst’s ENT practice is unique in that she focuses exclusively on children. Her approach to caring for her patients is one in which she treats them like her own family.  She takes pride in her detailed and honest approach to each patient.

Dr. Hurst’s distinguished education includes residency and fellowship training at the long-standing and multiply honored University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Otolaryngology Department, where she was personally mentored by world renowned otolaryngologists. Dr. Hurst has authored scientific papers, chapters, protocols, and reviewed papers and textbooks as an authority in her field. She was an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine from 2014 until 2017.  She instructed training physicians in evaluation of the pediatric ENT patient as well as otolaryngic procedures on children. Winner of numerous teaching and research awards, Dr. Hurst is dedicated to providing her patients with evidence-based medicine and up-to-date exceptional care.

She enjoys cooking for family and friends, reading, and traveling. She and her husband Andrew entertain and are entertained by their children, James and Caroline.

Certifications And Honors:

  • Fellowship Pediatric Otolaryngology – Dr. Richard Smith at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
  • American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society
  • American Board of Otolaryngic Allergy


  • Fellowship: Pediatric Otolaryngology
    • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Otolaryngology,  Iowa City, Iowa
  • Internship and Residency: Otolaryngology
    • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Otolaryngology,  Iowa City, Iowa
  • Medical Degree: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
    • Bachelor Science in Human Biology, University of Texas - Austin

Ear Conditions

Dr. Hurst provides services to treat pediatric ear conditions, including hearing loss, acute and chronic ear infections, and ear drum perforations.

Nose and Sinus
Dr. Hurst provides treatment for a range of congenital and acquired defects related to the nose and sinuses. Conditions she commonly treats include nose bleeds, head and neck masses, and nasal obstruction.

Throat and Airway
Dr. Hurst provides treatment for a full range of pediatric conditions related to the throat and airway, including obstructive sleep apnea, adenotonsillar disease, chronic aspiration and drooling, to name a few.

Dr. Hurst is experienced in treating conditions that occur often and/or exclusively among babies, children and adolescent patients. Common conditions and treatments include:

Airway Prob​lems

  • ​Obstructive Sleep Apnea​
  • Chronic cough
  • Nose and Airway Foreign Bodies
  • Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis
  • Stridor and Laryngomalacia
  • “Tongue tie” ankyloglossia
  • Speech delay
  • Disorders of the voice
  • Swallowing disorder
  • Feeding difficulties with a anatomic correlation of functional swallow

Ear Disease

  • Hearing loss and testing
  • Foreign object in the Ear
  • Middle Ear Infections (Acute Otitis Media) and surgical management if indicated
  • Middle Ear Fluid (Chronic serous effusion) and surgical management if indicated
  • Swimmer's Ear
  • Ear drum perforations
  • Failed hearing screens 

Contact Information

Office: (936) 585-4130
Fax: (936) 585-4134

Head & Neck Masses, Cysts & I​nfections

Nose & Sinus Prob​lems

  • Foreign objects in the nose
  • Allergic and Non-allergic Rhinitis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sinusitis
  • Adenoiditis