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 Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian 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 5/26/2022

    Chary A, Hawkins J, Flood D, Martinez B, Colom M, Austad K. Medical students' experiences of compulsory rural service in Guatemala: a qualitative study. Rural Remote Health. 2022 May; 22(2):6582. PMID: 35617739.

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  • Published on 8/2/2021

    Juarez M, Austad K, Rohloff P. Out-of-Pocket Costs for Facility-Based Obstetrical Care in Rural Guatemala. Ann Glob Health. 2021; 87(1):75. PMID: 34430225.

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  • Published on 7/13/2021

    Perry MF, Coyote EI, Austad K, Rohloff P. Why women choose to to seek facility-level obstetrical care in rural Guatemala: A qualitative study. Midwifery. 2021 Dec; 103:103097. PMID: 34343832.

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  • Published on 6/11/2021

    Austad K, Juarez M, Shryer H, Hibberd PL, Drainoni ML, Rohloff P, Chary A. Improving the experience of facility-based delivery for vulnerable women through obstetric care navigation: a qualitative evaluation. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Jun 11; 21(1):425. PMID: 34116648.

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  • Published on 6/11/2021

    Austad K, Barnett KG, Manasseh C. Family Medicine's Critical Role in Building and Sustaining the Future of Hospital Medicine. Fam Med. 2021 07; 53(7):520-523. PMID: 34289497.

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  • 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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