Physician Profiles: Dr. Karen and Dr. Steven Arkin

Premier Pulse     December 2019

1164460622Dr. Karen Arkin and Dr. Steven Arkin

What are your clinical specialties?

We are both neurologists. Karen is a general neurologist and Steve is a vascular neurologist.

Where did you go to school?

Karen went to University of Texas at Houston McGovern Medical School and stayed there for her neurology residency and EMG fellowship. Steve went to Rush Medical College, then to University of Iowa for his neurology residency and neurophysiology fellowship.

What brought you to Premier Health?

After 26 years of practicing in Kansas City, we began looking for jobs with more flexibility, and both wanted work as neurohospitalists and teachers. We are very happy here and so impressed by the expertise, kindness, and work ethic of our fellow physicians. We knew right away that we had made the right decision.

Why did you choose medicine as a career?

We both loved science and found the brain fascinating and challenging.

Who are the people who influenced and/or mentored each of you?

Our wonderful and skilled professors who served as excellent and inspiring role models.

What is one thing most people don’t know about each of you?

We met at an epilepsy conference in Palm Springs and had a long-distance relationship.

Where are your hometowns?

Karen: Lubbock, Texas

Steve: Chicago, Illinois

Which sports team(s) do you cheer for?

Chicago Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Dayton Flyers and Ohio State University

What is it like working with your spouse?

Easy and interesting with free second opinions!

What is your favorite song in your playlist?

Karen: anything by Post Malone

Steve: anything 80s

What is your favorite food?

Steak from the Pine Club

What is your favorite hobby?

Traveling the world.

What is your favorite animal, and why?

Our Norwich Terrier puppy is our favorite animal because he is so funny!

Where is your favorite vacation spot, and why?

Antarctica has become our favorite vacation destination, because it is otherworldly and spectacular.

Pick a Side

iPhone or Android?


Early bird or night owl?

Early bird

Beach bum or mountain hiker?

Beach bum, especially Steve with his olive skin.

Dress shoes or tennis shoes?

Tennis shoes

Paperback or e-reader?


Coffee or tea?


Cooking or baking?


Sweet or salty?


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