Kirsten Austad, MD MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

MD, Harvard Medical School
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Kirsten Austad, MD attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning degrees in English Literature and Medical Microbiology & Immunology in 2007. She went on to earn her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2013 and completed her residency in Family Medicine with a focus in women’s health at Boston Medical Center in 2016. During her education she worked in diverse global health settings, including Dominican Republic, Ghana, Chiapas Mexico, and Chile.

Dr. Austad began working with Wuqu’ Kawoq in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Women’s Health. She also holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and is an Attending Physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Research Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her research interests include implementation science, respectful maternity and reproductive health care, and qualitative methods.

2013 Massachusetts Medical Society Annual Scholar Program award winner
2013 Harvard Medical School: Presidential Scholars Public Service Award
2007 University of Wisconsin-Madison: Highest Honors Award, Dept of English
2007 College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison: F. Chandler Young Distinguished Senior Honors Award
2005 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education

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  1. Nandi M, Moore J, Colom M, Quezada ADRG, Chary A, Austad K. Insights Into Provider Bias in Family Planning from a Novel Shared Decision Making Based Counseling Initiative in Rural, Indigenous Guatemala. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2020 03 30; 8(1):10-17. PMID: 32234840; PMCID: PMC7108940; DOI: 10.9745/GHSP-D-19-00377;
  2. Austad K, Juarez M, Shryer H, Moratoya C, Rohloff P. Obstetric care navigation: results of a quality improvement project to provide accompaniment to women for facility-based maternity care in rural Guatemala. BMJ Qual Saf. 2020 02; 29(2):169-178. PMID: 31678958; PMCID: PMC7045784; DOI: 10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009524;
  3. Sandy Mux Xocop Anita Chary Kirsten Austad. Social Medicine Consortium. Barriers to Care for Indigenous Women with Cervical Cancer in Guatemala. Harvard University. Cambridge MA. 2019. View Publication
  4. Flood D, Petersen A, Martinez B, Chary A, Austad K, Rohloff P. Associations between contraception and stunting in Guatemala: secondary analysis of the 2014-2015 Demographic and Health Survey. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2019; 3(1):e000510. PMID: 31531407; PMCID: PMC6721081; DOI: 10.1136/bmjpo-2019-000510;
  5. Nicholas Kristof. The World's Malnourished Kids Don't Need a $295 Burger. 2019. View Publication
  6. Mia Armstrong. We Have the Resources to Prevent Cervical Cancer. Do We Have the Will?. 2019. View Publication
  7. Cnop K, Martinez B, Austad KE. Resistant dermatomyositis in a rural indigenous Maya woman. BMJ Case Rep. 2019 Feb 21; 12(2). PMID: 30796072; PMCID: PMC6388881; DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2017-223886;
  8. Juarez M, Austad K, Rohloff P. Lay Midwives: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Maternal Mortality in Rural Guatemala. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2019 02; 100(2):237-238. PMID: 30795825; PMCID: PMC6367602; DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.18-0518;
  9. Flood D, Chary A, Austad K, Coj M, Lopez W, Rohloff P. Patient Navigation and Access to Cancer Care in Guatemala. J Glob Oncol. 2018 09; 4:1-3. PMID: 30241260; PMCID: PMC6223473; DOI: 10.1200/JGO.18.00027;
  10. Austad K, Chary A, Xocop SM, Messmer S, King N, Carlson L, Rohloff P. Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening and the Cervical Cancer Care Continuum in Rural Guatemala: A Mixed-Method Analysis. J Glob Oncol. 2018 07; 4:1-10. PMID: 30084698; PMCID: PMC6223515; DOI: 10.1200/JGO.17.00228;
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implementation science
respectful maternity
reproductive health care
qualitative methods
women’s health
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