Amy J.H. Kind, MD, PhD
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Elected 2019

Dr. Amy Kind, MD, PhD is Director of the Department of Medicine Health Services and Care Research Program and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She leads a robust research program focused on health equity, the social determinants of health, neighborhood disadvantage and Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Kind’s work has fundamentally changed the way we conceptualize health disparities, by broadening the focus of policy, research, and clinical delivery from the single individual to the neighborhood context. With her unique skills, Dr. Kind developed the Neighborhood Atlas (, a free first-of-its-kind on-line tool--that breaks down socioeconomic factors for every neighborhood in the US and Puerto Rico. Her Atlas data have found widespread application including in the US House of Representatives, NIH, CDC, VA, DOD, HHS, AARP, health systems, and industry. Her work has had far-reaching policy impact on a national and global scale, has been actively promoted by the NIH and published in top journals including NEJM. To directly intervene on health disparities, Dr. Kind has successfully designed, implemented, and tested models of care to improve patient outcomes in low resource and safety net areas. Her interventions, such as low-cost models of care to improve coordination of care transitions in low-resource areas, have been disseminated widely. Dr. Kind has multiple active R01s from the NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the NIH/National Institute on Aging (NIA), and routinely advises state, federal and international entities. Her most recent R01 will provide a novel window into the sociobiologic mechanisms underlying neighborhood disadvantage exposure and Alzheimer’s Disease neurobiology. She is a dedicated clinician and serves as an outstanding research mentor, with many successfully funded mentees (NIH K awards, Diversity supplements).