Sarah L. Kimball MD

Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine

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Sarah Kimball

General Internal Medicine


Sarah Kimball, MD is a board-certified internist and is an Assistant Professor at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She completed her medical school training at Harvard University Medical School and did residency training in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Residency Program in Primary Care and Population Medicine. She joined the faculty at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine in 2014.

Dr. Kimball has a expertise in immigration-informed medical care, where she has helped to research and build health systems that are responsive to the needs of im/migrant patients. She is currently the Director of the Immigrant & Refugee Health Center (IRHC) at Boston Medical Center, a comprehensive medical home that addresses the barriers that immigrants face to being holistically healthy. She has served previously as the Medical Director of the Boston Accountable Care Organization (BACO) Complex Care Management (CCM) program at Boston Medical Center. In addition to a love of primary care, Dr. Kimball's main interest is in teaching social justice and advocacy skills. She is an associate editor at the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, with an expertise in Health Services Research. She was a founding member of the Society of Refugee Health Providers, and serves at the co-Chair of the Research, Evaluation and Ethics Committee.


Medicine-Internal, MD, Harvard Medical School

Biology, BSc, Brown University


Published on 1/1/2023

Kimball SL, Chergui H, Syeda HS, Amin S, Eyllon M. Immigration-related Legal Collaboration in Primary Care: Evaluating Impact on Knowledge and Well-being. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2023; 34(1):246-262. PMID: 37464492.

Published on 12/31/2022

Zhang M, Payton C, Gurung A, Anglewicz P, Subedi P, Ali A, Ibrahim A, Haider M, Hamidi N, Atem J, Thang J, Wang S, Kim C, Kimball SL, Karaki F, Nazhat N, Abouagila M, Yun K. COVID-19 Infection and Contact Tracing Among Refugees in the United States, 2020-2021. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Dec 31; 1-7. PMID: 36586088.

Published on 5/27/2022

Jirmanus LZ, Ranker L, Touw S, Mahmood R, Kimball SL, Hanchate A, Lasser KE. Impact of United States 2017 Immigration Policy changes on missed appointments at two Massachusetts Safety-Net Hospitals. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Aug; 24(4):807-818. PMID: 35624394.

Published on 5/20/2022

McCuistian C, Kimball SL, Buitron de la Vega P, Godfrey LB, Fortuna LR, Valentine SE. Consideration of racism experiences in the implementation of trauma-focused therapy in primary care. Health Serv Res. 2022 Dec; 57 Suppl 2:235-248. PMID: 35521941.

Published on 4/27/2022

Kimball SL, Syeda HS, Chergui H, Piwowarczyk LA, Gould J. Embedding Chaplaincy Services in Primary Care for Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: A Boston Pilot Intervention. J Relig Health. 2023 Feb; 62(1):55-64. PMID: 35474032.

Published on 1/31/2022

DeFries T, Kelley J, Martin M, Kimball SL. Immigration status matters: the intersectional risk of immigration vulnerability and substance use disorder. Addiction. 2022 Jul; 117(7):1827-1829. PMID: 35102631.

Published on 12/1/2021

Kimball SL, Levy MM. Sepsis and the Opioid Crisis: Integrating Treatment for Two Public Health Emergencies. Crit Care Med. 2021 12 01; 49(12):2151-2153. PMID: 34793384.

Published on 9/21/2021

Zhang M, Gurung A, Anglewicz P, Subedi P, Payton C, Ali A, Ibrahim A, Haider M, Hamidi N, Atem J, Thang J, Wang S, Kim C, Kimball SL, Karaki F, Nazhat N, Abouagila M, Yun K. Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine Among Refugees in the United States. Public Health Rep. 2021 Nov-Dec; 136(6):774-781. PMID: 34546812.

Published on 9/19/2021

Payton C, Kumar GS, Kimball S, Clarke SK, AlMasri I, Karaki FM. A Logic Model Framework for Planning an International Refugee Health Research, Evaluation, and Ethics Committee. Health Promot Pract. 2022 Sep; 23(5):852-860. PMID: 34541906.

Published on 3/11/2021

Saadi A, Anand P, Kimball SL. Traumatic brain injury and forensic evaluations: Three case studies of U.S. asylum-seekers. J Forensic Leg Med. 2021 Apr; 79:102139. PMID: 33740607.

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