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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 Research and Care 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
  • Graduate Program Faculty
    • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
      Department of Population Health Services

Research Interests

Dr. Amy JH Kind, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. As a practicing geriatrician and a PhD health services/implementation scientist, she leads a robust research program focused on assessing, understanding and improving care system fragmentation, particularly for highly vulnerable and disadvantaged older adult populations. She strives to develop novel ways to eliminate health disparities through innovative research in health outcomes, health policy and clinical programs.

Dr. Kind is a national leader in the field of neighborhood-level socioeconomic contextual disparities, especially as they relate to health outcomes and Medicare policy, and serves as a technical expert on these issues for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State of Maryland. Her work employs a composite US Census-based index, the Area Deprivation Index (ADI), developed by HRSA in 2003 for the county/ tract level and updated by her group for the modern US Census at the more geographically discrete block group (i.e., neighborhood) level. Recently she evaluated the association between neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage and 30-day rehospitalization, finding that residence within a disadvantaged US neighborhood by ADI is a rehospitalization predictor of magnitude similar to chronic pulmonary disease (Kind, Annals 2014). The ADI is freely available to the public (http://www.hipxchange.org/ADI), and it has been accessed widely, including by multiple federal and state agencies and health systems. Dr. Kind has been awarded a 5-year R01 from the NIH/National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities to further this work.

As an expert in implementation science, Dr. Kind designs, pilots, assesses and disseminates interventions to improve care fragmentation specifically for disadvantaged populations, with the goal of eliminating US health disparities particularly for highly vulnerable and disadvantaged older adult populations. 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 and to be particularly applicable in low-resource, rural and safety-net hospital settings. Originally developed at Madison VA Hospital, C-TraC was named a “VA Best Practice”, has disseminated to multiple VA and non-VA hospitals, and is the focus of a 5-year NIA-funded randomized controlled trial for patients with dementia and a 2-year CMS pilot grant for dissemination to highly disadvantaged areas of Colorado. The free C-TraC tool kit is available at http://www.hipxchange.org/C-TraC.

Dr. Kind also performs mixed-methods (i.e., quantitative/qualitative) research to examine the predictors and impact of discharge and transitional care practices for cognitively impaired older adults transitioning from the hospital to the nursing home. This vulnerable population relies almost entirely on system-to-system discharge communication and transitional care practice quality to convey care plans between settings. Her work has influenced national discharge communication standards of practice, especially for hospital-to-nursing home transitions.

Dr. Kind has received research funding through the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute on Aging, 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 serves as the Associate Director-Clinical for the Madison VA Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center, 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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