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Amy Kind, MD, PhD

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

GERIATRICS

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

(608) 280-7000




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, 2005
  • Internal Medicine, 2004

Current Appointments

  • Assistant Professor
    • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
      Department of Medicine, Geriatrics Division
  • Director
    • VA Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) Demonstration Program
      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

Research Interests

Dr. Amy JH Kind, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her research focuses on patient safety during transitions between health care settings, particularly for highly vulnerable older adult populations. With a PhD in Population Health (emphasis on Health Services Research with Medicare-claims) and additional training in clinical and implementation science research, Dr. Kind is able to address the problem of high-risk transitions from a number of different vantage points.

Dr. Kind’s Medicare-claims research has focused on issues of rehospitalization in high-risk populations. She originally used stroke as a model disease to examine patterns and predictors for complicated transitions, the cost and mortality consequences associated with these transitions, and the roles that race and initial discharge site play in these events. Currently, she is performing studies to examine the role of socioeconomic disadvantage in 30-day rehospitalization for older adults.

Dr. Kind also performs mixed-methods (i.e., quantitative/qualitative) research to examine the impact of discharge communication quality on system-to-system transitions, particularly for patients discharged to nursing homes.

Currently, Dr. Kind is designing, leading and assessing systems interventions which improve care transitions and between-facility communication at the time of hospital discharge for high-risk older adult patients, including those with dementia and those discharged to nursing homes. One of these interventions, the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program, is a low-cost, nurse-led, mostly phone-based intervention designed to improve hospital-to-home transitions for patients with dementia and other high-risk conditions (Kind et al, Health Affairs, 2012). This intervention is designed to be particularly applicable in low-resource and safety-net hospital settings. Additional testing and dissemination of the C-TraC program are in progress.

Dr. Kind receives research funding through the National Institute on Aging (Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awardee [K23]), the John A Hartford Foundation, the American Federation for Aging Research, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Clinically, Dr. Kind is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. She currently Co-Directs the Memory Assessment Clinic and attends on the geriatrics consult service at the William S Middleton VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Kind AJ, Bartels C, Mell MW, Mullahy J, Smith M. For-profit hospital status and rehospitalizations at different hospitals: an analysis of Medicare data. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Dec 7;153(11):718-27. PubMed PMID: 21135295.

Kind AJH, Smith MA. Documentation of Mandated Discharge Summary Components in Transitions from Acute to Subacute Care. In: Henriksen K, Battles JB, Keyes MA,Grady ML, editors. Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches (Vol. 2: Culture and Redesign). Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2008 Aug.

Kind AJ, Smith MA, Liou JI, Pandhi N, Frytak JR, Finch MD. Discharge destination's effect on bounce-back risk in Black, White, and Hispanic acute ischemic stroke patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Feb;91(2):189-95. PubMed PMID: 20159120; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2854650.

Kind AJH, Smith M, Frytak J, Finch M. Bouncing-Back: Patterns and predictors of complicated transitions thirty days after hospitalization for acute stroke. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007;55(3):365-373. PMCID: PMC2205986.

Kind AJH, Smith M, Pandhi N, Frytak J, Finch M. Bouncing-back: Rehospitalization in patients with complicated transitions in the first thirty days after hospital discharge for acute stroke. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2007;26(4):37-55. PMCID: PMC2205988.

Kind AJH, Smith M, Liou J, Pandhi N, Frytak J, Finch M. The price of bouncing-back: One year mortality and payments for acute stroke patients with 30 day bounce-backs. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008;56(6):999-1005. PMCID: PMC2736069.