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UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

Pediatric Hospitalist

Our pediatric hospitalists are solely dedicated to caring for your children, around the clock, while at St. Luke's. Because our team has expertise in pediatric critical care, we can keep patients and families here at St. Luke's rather than transfer them to another hospital when cases become difficult.

Our team works with your child's primary doctor to keep your provider informed of admission, discharge and any significant changes in your child's condition during the hospital stay. For more information on St. Luke's Pediatric Hospitalist Program, please call (319) 369-7338.

Meet Our Team

Amanda M. O'Connor, DO
Medical Director & Pediatric Hospitalist
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine



Deepika Appalla, MD
Hospitalist, Pediatric Hospitalist
Medical School: Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, India




Katherine "Kate" Paulsen, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist 
Medical School: University of Nebraska



Amy Truong, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist 
Medical School: Indiana University