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435 Magazine: Kansas City Top Doctors 2019

Kansas City Top Doctors 2019

Dr. Adriane Latz, M.D. | Otolaryngology/ENT | Children’s Mercy

What is the most exciting research or innovation in your field?

▷Vaccines. There have been many vaccines that have changed the field of otolaryngology. Vaccines for influenza, Strep pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, Haemophilus B influenzae, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox — they all have been game changers for our field. Now, we have the HPV vaccine.

Why did you choose this specialty?

▷I chose otolaryngology because of the variety there is in the field. I love treating children both medically and surgically. I like to treat the whole patient — the enlarged tonsils, the poor sleep quality, the hearing loss — to help them succeed and do their best in life.

What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a doctor?

▷I would be a teacher or a stay-at-home mom. I would volunteer in underprivileged schools. I have a passion for children in general, and I want them to succeed.


Dr. Kevin Latz, M.D. | Pediatric Orthopedics | Children’s Mercy

What is the latest innovation in your field?

▷We’re getting closer to being able to, in certain cases, repair rather than replace the ACL when it is injured. We’re also learning more about ways to avoid certain sports injuries such as ACL tears.

What is one piece of medical advice that you wish patients would follow?

▷Realize that exercise is medicine. Many diseases and conditions we treat with medications and surgery could be better treated and prevented with activity and exercise.

What is the biggest challenge currently facing medicine?

▷How to provide quality care to the most people at the lowest cost. I’d rather have the patients I care for focus on getting well rather than worry about how to pay for their care.


More than 20 Children's Mercy doctors made this year's list. Click here to see 435 Magazine's 2019 Kansas City Top Doctors list.