Kirsten E Austad, MD MPH

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Kirsten Austad
617.414.4465

Biography

Kirsten Austad MD MPH is a hospitalist at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. She is the Medical Director for the HealthNet Inpatient Family Medicine service. She completed a fellowship in global women’s health where she focused on improving delivery of reproductive health care in rural indigenous Maya communities of Guatemala. She completed a fellowship in the Evans Center for Implementation & Improvement Sciences at Boston University and is now its Interim Co-Associated Director.

Her research seeks to use implementation science to promote health equity and improve patient experience in safety-net settings, including for patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). Methodologically she is interested in intervention adaptation to reduce health disparities and facilitate linguistic and cultural concordance. Her current research focuses on improving the quality of care for patients with limited English proficiency during transitions of care, such as at the time of hospital discharge.

She is supported by a K23 from NIMHD (Oct 2023 – current).

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 1/5/2024

    Fantasia KL, Austad K, Mohanty A, Long MT, Walkey A, Drainoni ML. Safety-Net Primary Care and Endocrinology Clinicians' Knowledge and Perspectives on Screening for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation. Endocr Pract. 2024 Jan 05. PMID: 38184239.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/3/2023

    Jack, B. W., Austad, K., Renfro, D. R., & Mitchell, S. Re-Engineering the Hospital Discharge to Improve the Transition From Hospital to Home: Overview and a Look to the Future. Journal of Healthcare Management Standards (JHMS). 2023; 1(3):1-17.

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  • Published on 10/3/2023

    Austad, K. & Jack, B. W. . Linguistic and Cultural Competence at Hospital Discharge . Journal of Healthcare Management Standards (JHMS). 2023; 1(3):1-6.

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  • Published on 5/2/2023

    Jones KC, Austad K, Silver S, Cordova-Ramos EG, Fantasia KL, Perez DC, Kremer K, Wilson S, Walkey A, Drainoni ML. Patient Perspectives of the Hospital Discharge Process: A Qualitative Study. J Patient Exp. 2023; 10:23743735231171564. PMID: 37151607.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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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