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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
  • 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, and Director of the Madison VA’s Dementia and Cognitive Care Clinic. She is one of very few physicians in the country with PhD training in population health, an active research laboratory in health disparities and geo-analytics, clinical training in geriatrics and memory disorders, and a translational research agenda focused on vulnerable older adult populations with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Dr. Kind leads a robust research program focused on assessing and improving care for highly vulnerable and disadvantaged older adult populations, especially those with AD, with the ultimate goal of improving health equity. She is a recognized expert in neighborhood disadvantage, especially as it relates to health and policy, and has developed the Neighborhood Atlas, a tool which helps all persons visualize and include contextual metrics for the social determinants of health into their research, clinical care, policy and daily lives. The Atlas has been promoted by the NIH and her work on this was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2018). She has received invitations to present on this work throughout the US and UK, including special seminars for a number of NIH Institutes and their staff.

Dr. Kind has multiple active R01s to support this research from the NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the NIH/National Institute on Aging (NIA), and has served as a technical expert on these issues for US State and Federal entities, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In the field of AD, she leads efforts to determine the impact of timing and dosage of neighborhood disadvantage exposure on AD, with particular interest in outcomes of AD-specific pathologic features, vascular burden and cognitive decline. To further translate this research into real-world health equity, she also designs and tests systems interventions that improve AD care and that are particularly applicable in low-resource and safety-net hospital settings. One of these, the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program, 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 and a 2-year CMS pilot grant for dissemination to highly disadvantaged areas. Her work has launched multiple careers, particularly in health disparities research. She has a strong track record of mentoring junior faculty to independence and has formal NIH-supported training in mentorship, especially for mentees from disadvantaged backgrounds..

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Joynt Maddox KE, Reidhead M, Hu J, Kind AJH, Zaslavsky AM, Nagasako EM, Nerenz DR. Adjusting for social risk factors impacts performance and penalties in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Health Services Research, 2019. In Press.
  • Kind AJH, Buckingham W*. Making neighborhood disadvantage metrics accessible: The Neighborhood Atlas. New England Journal of Medicine, 2018. 378(26):2456-2458. PMCID: PMC6051533.
  • Hu J, Kind AJH, Nerenz D. Area deprivation index predicts readmission risk at an urban teaching hospital. Am J Med Qual.2018. doi: 10.1177/1062860617753063. [Epub ahead of print]. PMCID: PMC6027592..
  • Bishop-Fitzpatrick L, Kind AJH. A Scoping Review of Health Disparities in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017, 47(11):3380-3391. PMCID: PMC5693721
  • 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.