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Amy Kind, MD, PHD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

GERIATRICS

CLINICAL SCIENCE CENTER
600 HIGHLAND AVE
MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 265-0852




Biography

Education

  • 2005 - 2011
    PhD Degree Program in Population Health Sciences
    UW School of Medicine and Public Health
    Focus: Health Services Research
  • 1997 - 2001
    MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School
  • 1996
    Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation Summer Institute
    Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
  • 1992 - 1996
    BS with Honors, Major: Molecular Biology
    University of Wisconsin - Madison

Residency

  • 2001 - 2004
    Internal Medicine--Primary Care Residency
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Fellowship

  • 2005 - 2007
    Older Women's Health Fellowship
    US Department of Veterans Affairs, Madison VA Hospital
  • 2004 - 2005
    Geriatrics Fellowship
    University of Wisconsin Medical School

Board Certification

  • Geriatric Medicine, 2015
  • Internal Medicine, 2014

Current Appointments

  • Associate Professor with tenure
    • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
      Department of Medicine, Geriatrics Division
  • Director
    • Health Services and Care Research Program
      Department of Medicine
  • Associate Director - Clinical
    • Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
      William S Middleton VA Hospital, Madison, WI
  • Director
    • VA Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) Demonstration Program
      Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
      William S Middleton VA Hospital, Madison, WI
  • Director
    • VA Dementia Care Clinic
      Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
      William S Middleton VA Hospital, Madison, WI
  • Attending Physician
    • VA Memory Assessment Clinic and Inpatient Medical Service
      Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
      William S Middleton VA Hospital, Madison, WI
  • Core Faculty
    • Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC)
      University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
      Department of Medicine, Geriatrics Division
  • Affiliate Faculty
    • Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
      School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
      School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison
      WiscRDC, a branch of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) network, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Graduate Program Faculty
    • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
      Department of Population Health Services

Research Interests

Amy Kind, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, founding Director of the UW Department of Medicine Health Services and Care Research Program, Director of the Madison VA Dementia and Cognitive Care Clinic, and Associate Director-Clinical for the Madison VA GRECC. As a practicing geriatrician and a PhD health services/implementation scientist, she leads a robust research program focused on assessing and improving care for highly vulnerable and disadvantaged older adult populations, especially those with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementias.

Dr. Kind strives to develop novel ways to eliminate health disparities through innovative research in health outcomes, health policy and clinical programs. She is a national leader in the field of neighborhood-level socioeconomic contextual disparities, especially as they relate to health outcomes and Medicare policy. The updated neighborhood disadvantage metric---the Area Deprivation Index (ADI)---incorporates poverty, education, housing and employment indicators; predicts disparity-related health outcomes; and is employed by multiple US States and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through our provision. CMS is now using ADI as a novel eligibility criteria for one of its national disparities programs.

Dr. Kind receives R01 funding to support this research from the NIH/NIMHD (PI: Kind), and she serves as a technical expert on these issues for CMS. She also leads efforts to determine the impact of timing and dosage of neighborhood disadvantage exposure on Alzheimer’s Disease, with particular interest in outcomes of AD-specific pathologic features, vascular burden and cognitive decline (NIH/NIA R01, PI: Kind; MPI: Bendlin). Furthermore, Dr. Kind designs, leads and assesses systems interventions which improve care for high-risk older adult patients with AD, and which are particularly applicable in low-resource and safety-net hospital settings. Some of these programs have disseminated widely. One of these, the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program, is a low-cost, mostly phone-based intervention designed to improve hospital-to-home transitions, has disseminated to multiple US hospitals, and is the focus of a 5-year NIH/NIA-funded randomized controlled trial (PI: Kind) and a 2-year CMS pilot grant for dissemination to highly disadvantaged areas. She has a strong track record of mentoring junior faculty and has formal NIH-supported training in mentorship, especially for mentees from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Hu J, Kind AJH, Nerenz D. Area deprivation index predicts readmission risk at an urban teaching hospital. Am J Med Qual. In press.
  • Bishop-Fitzpatrick L, Kind AJH. A Scoping Review of Health Disparities in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017. In press.
  • King B, Gilmore-Bykovskyi A, Roberts T, Kennelty K, Mirr J, Gehring M, Kind AJH. Impact of Hospital Context on Transitioning Patients from Hospital to Skilled Nursing Facility: A Grounded Theory Study. The Gerontologist 2017. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx012. NIHMSID: NIHMS850413.
  • Kind AJH, Brenny-Fitzpatrick M, Leahy-Gross K, Mirr J, Chapman E, Frey B, Houlahan B. (2016) Harnessing Protocolized Adaptation in Dissemination: Successful Implementation and Sustainment of the VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program in a Non-VA Hospital. Journal of American Geriatrics Society 64(2), 409-16. PMCID: PMC4760859.
  • Kind AJH, Jencks S, Brock J, Yu M, Bartels C, Ehlenbach W, Greenberg C, Smith M. Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and 30 Day Rehospitalization: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2014. 161(11):765-774. PMCID: PMC4251560.
  • Kind AJH, Jensen LL, Kennelty KA*. Far Too Easy: Opioid Diversion During the Transition from Hospital to Nursing Home. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 2014. 62(11):2229-2231. PMCID: PMC4765370.