Kirsten E Austad, MD MPH

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Kirsten Austad


Dr. Kirsten Austad, MD attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning degrees in English Literature and Medical Microbiology & Immunology in 2007. She went on to earn her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2013 and completed her residency in Family Medicine with a focus in women’s health at Boston Medical Center in 2016. During her education she worked in diverse global health settings, including Dominican Republic, Ghana, Chiapas Mexico, and Chile.

Dr. Austad began working with Wuqu’ Kawoq in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Women’s Health. She also holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and is an Attending Physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Research Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research interests include implementation science, respectful maternity and reproductive health care, and qualitative methods.


  • Harvard Medical School, MD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
  • University of Wisconsin Madison, BS


  • Published on 3/30/2020

    Nandi M, Moore J, Colom M, Quezada ADRG, Chary A, Austad K. Insights Into Provider Bias in Family Planning from a Novel Shared Decision Making Based Counseling Initiative in Rural, Indigenous Guatemala. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2020 03 30; 8(1):10-17. PMID: 32234840.

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  • Published on 11/2/2019

    Austad K, Juarez M, Shryer H, Moratoya C, Rohloff P. Obstetric care navigation: results of a quality improvement project to provide accompaniment to women for facility-based maternity care in rural Guatemala. BMJ Qual Saf. 2020 02; 29(2):169-178. PMID: 31678958.

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  • Published on 11/1/2019

    Sandy Mux Xocop Anita Chary Kirsten Austad. Social Medicine Consortium. Barriers to Care for Indigenous Women with Cervical Cancer in Guatemala. Harvard University. Cambridge MA. 2019.

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  • Published on 8/22/2019

    Flood D, Petersen A, Martinez B, Chary A, Austad K, Rohloff P. Associations between contraception and stunting in Guatemala: secondary analysis of the 2014-2015 Demographic and Health Survey. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2019; 3(1):e000510. PMID: 31531407.

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  • Published on 6/12/2019

    Nicholas Kristof. The World's Malnourished Kids Don't Need a $295 Burger. 2019.

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  • Published on 6/10/2019

    Mia Armstrong. We Have the Resources to Prevent Cervical Cancer. Do We Have the Will?. 2019.

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  • Published on 2/21/2019

    Cnop K, Martinez B, Austad KE. Resistant dermatomyositis in a rural indigenous Maya woman. BMJ Case Rep. 2019 Feb 21; 12(2). PMID: 30796072.

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  • Published on 2/1/2019

    Juarez M, Austad K, Rohloff P. Lay Midwives: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Maternal Mortality in Rural Guatemala. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2019 02; 100(2):237-238. PMID: 30795825.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Flood D, Chary A, Austad K, Coj M, Lopez W, Rohloff P. Patient Navigation and Access to Cancer Care in Guatemala. J Glob Oncol. 2018 09; 4:1-3. PMID: 30241260.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Austad K, Chary A, Xocop SM, Messmer S, King N, Carlson L, Rohloff P. Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening and the Cervical Cancer Care Continuum in Rural Guatemala: A Mixed-Method Analysis. J Glob Oncol. 2018 07; 4:1-10. PMID: 30084698.

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