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. Juarez M, Austad K, Rohloff P. Out-of-Pocket Costs for Facility-Based Obstetrical Care in Rural Guatemala. Ann Glob Health. 2021; 87(1):75. PMID: 34430225; PMCID: PMC8344954; DOI: 10.5334/aogh.3223;
  2. Perry MF, Coyote EI, Austad K, Rohloff P. Why women choose to to seek facility-level obstetrical care in rural Guatemala: A qualitative study. Midwifery. 2021 Jul 13; 103:103097. PMID: 34343832
  3. Austad K, Juarez M, Shryer H, Hibberd PL, Drainoni ML, Rohloff P, Chary A. Improving the experience of facility-based delivery for vulnerable women through obstetric care navigation: a qualitative evaluation. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Jun 11; 21(1):425.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34116648; PMCID: PMC8193958; DOI: 10.1186/s12884-021-03842-1;
  4. Austad K, Barnett KG, Manasseh C. Family Medicine's Critical Role in Building and Sustaining the Future of Hospital Medicine. Fam Med. 2021 Jul; 53(7):520-523.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34289497
  5. 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;
  6. 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;
  7. 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
  8. 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;
  9. Nicholas Kristof. The World's Malnourished Kids Don't Need a $295 Burger. 2019. View Publication
  10. Mia Armstrong. We Have the Resources to Prevent Cervical Cancer. Do We Have the Will?. 2019. View Publication
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implementation science
respectful maternity
reproductive health care
qualitative methods
women’s health
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