Dr. Kootsey grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with a degree in Zoology in 1990. He worked in public broadcasting in Boston, MA, for the PBS science series “NOVA,” until he returned to school in 2008. Prior to returning to school he additionally worked with adolescents in an acute residential psychiatric treatment program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. He received his MD degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA in 2012 and completed his pediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, also in Norfolk, in 2015. Dr. Kootsey is married and has one son.