Katherine L. Kahn

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Distinguished Chair in Health Care Delivery Measurement and Evaluation; Senior Natural Scientist
Santa Monica Office

Education

M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine; B.A. in psychology and pre-med, Goucher College

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Overview

Katherine L. Kahn is Distinguished Chair in Health Care Delivery Measurement and Evaluation and a senior natural scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has over 30 years of experience in medical and health care research. In addition to her role as a clinician, she has developed many specialties, including health care program evaluation, health care quality measurement, health care access and satisfaction, and health promotion and disease prevention. Recent projects include an evaluation of the Medicare Demonstration Project, a longitudinal program evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthcare Associated Infections National Action Plan, and a National Institutes of Health Roadmap evaluation of the feasibility of a cohort of practicing clinicians capable of conducting clinical research in the context of their clinical care settings. Leading large national studies has allowed Kahn the opportunity to conceptualize and test broad new approaches to studying the impact of policies on personal and population health. She has also published a number of peer-reviewed articles related to quality of care, how care influences patient outcomes, and how health policies can impact care and outcomes for patients and for populations. Kahn is a professor of medicine and the associate division chief for research in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. She also practices internal medicine at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She has an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief for Research, Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine

Recent Projects

  • RAND UCLA CanCORS PDCR II
  • Evaluation of the Medicare Demonstration Project
  • Longitudinal Program Evaluation of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) National Action Plan
  • NIH Roadmap evaluation of the feasibility of a National Clinical Research Associates cohort of practicing clinicians capable of conducting clinical research in the context of their clinical care settings
  • National Initiative on Cancer Care Quality (NICCQ)

Selected Publications

Kahn KL, Adams JL, Weeks JC, Chrischilles EA, Schrag D, Ayanian JZ, Kiefe CI, Ganz PA, Bhoopalam N, Potosky AL, Harrington DP, Fletcher RH, "Adjuvant chemotherapy use and adverse events among older patients with stage III colon cancer," Journal of the American Medical Association, 303(11):1037-1045, 2010

Kahn KL, MacLean CH, Wong AL, Rubenstein LZ, Liu H, Fitzpatrick DM, Harker JO, Chen WP, Traina SB, Mittman BS, Hahn BH, Paulus HE, "Assessment of American College of Rheumatology quality criteria for rheumatoid arthritis in a pre-quality criteria patient cohort," Arthritis Care & Research, 57(5):707-715, 2007

Malin JL, Schneider EC, Epstein AM, Adams JL, Kahn KL, "Results of the National Initiative for Cancer Care Quality (NICCQ): How can we improve the quality of cancer care in the United States?" Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24(4):626-634, 2006

Kahn KL, Malin JL, Adams J, Ganz PA, "Developing a reliable, valid, and feasible plan for quality-of-care measurement for cancer: How should we measure?" Medical Care, 40(6 suppl):III73-85, 2002

Kahn KL, Pearson ML, Harrison ER, Desmond K, Rogers WH, Rubenstein LV, Brook RH, Keeler EB, "Health care for black and poor hospitalized medicare patients," Journal of the American Medical Association, 271(15):1169-1174, 1994

Kahn KL, Keeler EB, Sherwood MJ, Rogers WH, Draper D, Bentow SS, Reinisch EJ, Rubenstein LV, Kosecoff J, Brook RH, "Comparing outcomes of care before and after implementation of the drug-based prospective payment system," Journal of the American Medical Association, 264(15):1984-1988, 1990

Kahn KL, Rogers WH, Rubenstein LV, Sherwood MJ, Reinisch EJ, Keeler EB, Draper D, Kosecoff J, Brook RH, "Measuring quality of care with explicit process criteria before and after implementation of the DRG-based prospective payment system," Journal of the American Medical Association, 264(15):1969-1973, 1990

Honors & Awards

  • John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award, John M. Eisenberg
  • 1994 Article of the Year Award for Best National Research Paper, Association for Health Services Research

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Health & Medicine Week; HealthDay.com; United Press International

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