Sarah Kimball, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Harvard Medical School
BSc, Brown University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sarah Kimball, MD is a board-certified internist and is an Assistant Professor at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She completed her medical school training at Harvard University Medical School and did residency training in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Residency Program in Primary Care and Population Medicine. She joined the faculty at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine in 2014.

Dr. Kimball has a expertise in immigration-informed medical care, where she has helped to research and build health systems that are responsive to the needs of im/migrant patients. She is currently the Director of the Immigrant & Refugee Health Center (IRHC) at Boston Medical Center, a comprehensive medical home that addresses the barriers that immigrants face to being holistically healthy. She has served previously as the Medical Director of the Boston Accountable Care Organization (BACO) Complex Care Management (CCM) program at Boston Medical Center. In addition to a love of primary care, Dr. Kimball's main interest is in teaching social justice and advocacy skills. She is an associate editor at the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, with an expertise in Health Services Research. She was a founding member of the Society of Refugee Health Providers (SRHP), and serves as the Treasurer of the Board of the SRHP.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Dr. Kimball leads the General Internal Medicine Antiracism Working Group at Boston University School of Medicine. She has done training and coaching in antiracist leadership strategies, and has done research and teaching on systemic racism in the US immigration system.

An Interprofessional, Trauma-Based Education Program to Advance the Health of Refugees
09/01/2017 - 12/31/2021 (Multi-PI)
PI: Sarah Kimball, MD
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Adapted Integrated Maternity Care Model
10/01/2022 - 09/30/2024 (PI)
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health / DPH

Operating Support for the Immigrant and Refugee Health Center
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
Davis Family Charitable Foundation


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  1. Saadi A, Marzoughi M, Kimball SL. Guiding Principles for Writing About Immigrants and Immigrant Health. J Immigr Minor Health. 2024 Feb; 26(1):253-256. PMID: 37924437; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-023-01565-3;
  2. Streed CG, Knight K, Kimball SL. Sexual and Gender Minority Refugees - Preparing Clinicians for the International Anti-LGBTQI+ Crisis. N Engl J Med. 2023 Aug 31; 389(9):778-781.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37632467; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2305401;
  3. Kimball SL, Chergui H, Syeda HS, Amin S, Eyllon M. Immigration-related Legal Collaboration in Primary Care: Evaluating Impact on Knowledge and Well-being. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2023; 34(1):246-262. PMID: 37464492; DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2023.0016;
  4. Zhang M, Payton C, Gurung A, Anglewicz P, Subedi P, Ali A, Ibrahim A, Haider M, Hamidi N, Atem J, Thang J, Wang S, Kim C, Kimball SL, Karaki F, Nazhat N, Abouagila M, Yun K. COVID-19 Infection and Contact Tracing Among Refugees in the United States, 2020-2021. J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Dec; 25(6):1239-1245. PMID: 36586088; PMCID: PMC9803886; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-022-01441-6;
  5. Jirmanus LZ, Ranker L, Touw S, Mahmood R, Kimball SL, Hanchate A, Lasser KE. Impact of United States 2017 Immigration Policy changes on missed appointments at two Massachusetts Safety-Net Hospitals. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Aug; 24(4):807-818.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35624394; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-022-01341-9;
  6. McCuistian C, Kimball SL, Buitron de la Vega P, Godfrey LB, Fortuna LR, Valentine SE. Consideration of racism experiences in the implementation of trauma-focused therapy in primary care. Health Serv Res. 2022 Dec; 57 Suppl 2:235-248.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35521941; PMCID: PMC9660427; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.13998;
  7. Kimball SL, Syeda HS, Chergui H, Piwowarczyk LA, Gould J. Embedding Chaplaincy Services in Primary Care for Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: A Boston Pilot Intervention. J Relig Health. 2023 Feb; 62(1):55-64.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35474032; DOI: 10.1007/s10943-022-01568-8;
  8. DeFries T, Kelley J, Martin M, Kimball SL. Immigration status matters: the intersectional risk of immigration vulnerability and substance use disorder. Addiction. 2022 Jul; 117(7):1827-1829. PMID: 35102631; DOI: 10.1111/add.15800;
  9. Kimball SL, Levy MM. Sepsis and the Opioid Crisis: Integrating Treatment for Two Public Health Emergencies. Crit Care Med. 2021 12 01; 49(12):2151-2153. PMID: 34793384; DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005152;
  10. Zhang M, Gurung A, Anglewicz P, Subedi P, Payton C, Ali A, Ibrahim A, Haider M, Hamidi N, Atem J, Thang J, Wang S, Kim C, Kimball SL, Karaki F, Nazhat N, Abouagila M, Yun K. Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine Among Refugees in the United States. Public Health Rep. 2021 Nov-Dec; 136(6):774-781. PMID: 34546812; PMCID: PMC8579383; DOI: 10.1177/00333549211045838;
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Health care leaders talk challenges, successes from Martha's Vineyard migrant response

WGBH 6/22/2023

What is Spiritual Distress? Once Identified, Chaplaincy Could Be a Bridge to Mental Health Treatment

Health City 5/19/2022

Community Insights Survey Debunks Three Misconceptions About Immigrant and Refugee Health Care Engagement

HealthCity 5/5/2022

First Afghans. Now Ukrainians. BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center Gets Ready to Help Again

BU Today 4/29/2022

New center for immigrant health opening in memory of beloved local doctor 2/3/2022

BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center Prepares to Welcome Afghans

BU Today 9/15/2021

5 Executive Actions for Immigrant Rights the Biden-Harris Administration Should Take on Day One

HealthCity 11/9/2020


AARP 11/9/2020

COVID-19 Proves Especially Fatal to Aging African Americans

AARP 11/9/2020

Black Hispanics at Especially High Risk for Severe COVID

HealthDay 11/2/2020

Black Hispanics Have Highest COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Mortality Rates

Contagion Live 10/28/2020

Boston Medical Center Doctors on Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic

BU Today 4/13/2020

Mass. Political Leaders Hold Roundtable on 'Medical Deferred Action'

Spare Change News 10/11/2019

Pols Seek Answers on Sick Immigrant Medical Program

Commonwealth Magazine 10/9/2019

Government to Consider some Immigrants’ Applications to Remain in US for Medical Care

Boston Globe 9/2/2019

‘Our Government has Issued Them a Death Sentence’: Children Receiving Treatment at Boston Hospitals Face Deportation

Boston Globe 8/26/2019

Trump Gives Immigrant Families Getting Medical Care 33 Days to Leave

CommonWealth 8/26/2019

‘He Would Die’: Foreign Children Seeking Medical Treatment in Boston Get Letters Ordering Them to Leave the U.S.

Mass Live 8/26/2019

Trump Accused of ‘Deporting Kids with Cancer’ after the Administration Reportedly Ends Medical Deferral Program

The Week Magazine 8/26/2019

Immigrants' Healthcare Access Concerns Call for Legal Navigation

HealthCity 8/6/2019

The New Trump Rule Designed To Punish Immigrants And Increase Health Costs For Everyone Els

WBUR 12/17/2018

Clinics Catering To Immigrants Take A Hit From White House Policy

Modern Healthcare 10/26/2018
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Social Justice
Asylum Seekers
Social Determinants of Health
Human Rights
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