ActiveKidMD Physician Named Physician of Excellence for Pediatric Sports Medicine

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Orange County Medical Association and Orange Coast Magazine honor Dr. Chris Koutures with this distinction for the fifth consecutive year

“I want to recognize and thank my patients and their families along with my staff and colleagues for trusting me to be their partner in healthcare."

ActiveKidMD is pleased to announce that for the fifth consecutive year, Dr. Chris Koutures, MD, FAAP, has been named an Orange County Physician of Excellence for Pediatric Sports Medicine by the Orange County Medical Association and Orange Coast Magazine. This distinction was awarded to Dr. Koutures on January 29, 2020 at a reception in Costa Mesa, Calif.

“I want to recognize and thank my patients and their families along with my staff and colleagues for trusting me to be their partner in healthcare,” said Dr. Koutures. “Blending pediatrics and sports medicine allows me to address the medical, bone/joint, and emotional needs of my patients. I strive to cover important details, such as sleep and nutrition, and enjoy reaching out to colleagues to build comprehensive teams that meet the individual needs of each patient.”

Dr. Koutures is a dual board-certified pediatric and sports medicine specialist at ActiveKIdMD in Anaheim Hills, California where he has been in practice for over 20 years with his board-certified general pediatric associate, Keith Gladstien, MD. Dr. Gladstien and Dr. Koutures offer an individualized approach to general pediatric and sports medicine care that enhances the health and knowledge of patients and their families in Orange County, California. The ActiveKidMD staff has over 70 years of experience and strives to develop strong relationships with patients and families. ActiveKidMD takes pride on personalized service, respecting patient time, and having the privilege of watching families grow and develop.

Both Dr. Gladstien and Dr. Koutures are on staff at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange and Dr. Koutures has staff privileges at CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County as is a member of the CHOC Sports Medicine and Sport Concussion Programs.

In addition to his work at ActiveKidMD, Dr. Koutures is also a head medical team physician for the USA Volleyball Men’s and Women’s National Teams that are preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. Dr. Koutures served as the USA Volleyball and Table Tennis team physician for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Recently, Dr. Koutures was been selected by US Figure Skating to work with emerging and elite-level figure skaters as part of their National Provider Network.

Dr. Koutures has also part of the California State University, Fullerton Titan family for over 15 years as the head medical team physician for intercollegiate athletics and the medical director for the Athletic Training Education Program.

With special interest in dance and performing arts medicine, Dr. Koutures is a dance medicine specialist consultant for the Chapman University Department of Dance and the American Ballet Theater Gillespie School of Dance.

Dr. Koutures enjoys sharing important information on pediatrics and sports medicine in the exam room, by teaching residents and students, giving local and national presentations, and with regular updates on his blog. He is also a regular contributor to, ParentingOC, and

About the Physician of Excellence Program

The Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) Board, when venturing into the Physicians of Excellence (POE) program, recognized the fact that all physicians meet a standard of excellence simply by the fact that they have completed the training and education necessary to become medical doctors. However, there are some who go above and beyond in serving their profession and patients, and as a result, the OCMA Board believed that by creating the POE program it would be able to recognize and honor those physicians.

Now in its fifteenth year, the POE program has become recognized as a fair and unbiased selection process identifying those physicians in the community who have exhibited the skills, training and commitment to their patients and the community to stand out above their peers as physicians of excellence. While the program certainly doesn’t honor all those in the county who would rightfully qualify, OCMA believes the program does an excellent job of selecting the utmost deserving on a year-to-year basis.

About ActiveKidMD

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., ActiveKidMD is one of the leading pediatric offices in Orange County. With an emphasis on the whole child, ActiveKidMD specializes not only in pediatric medicine, but also in pediatric sports medicine. The website, features an Advice by Sport section. Here a parent will find the answers to many questions related directly to each sport to help keep their player healthy and injury free, and to help a parent identify when to call the doctor if an injury occurs.

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