Physician Education: Bridging Clinical Research and Patient Care

Faculty Profile

Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Director, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research
Center for AIDS Research
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Topics of Professional Interest:
  • Clinical management and outcomes of HIV-infected patients
  • When to initiate antiretroviral therapy
  • Comorbid disease outcomes (non-AIDS-defining cancers, cardiovascular disease [CVD], end-stage renal disease [ESRD], end-stage liver disease [ESLD])
  • Physician experience with HIV medicine
  • Electronic medical record systems for cohort research to improve HIV care
Current Professional Summary:

Dr Kitahata is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the Center for AIDS Research. She has led efforts to establish networks of national and international HIV/AIDS research collaborations to address crucial questions regarding the optimal management of HIV-infected individuals, and directs the Data Core for the CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS) and the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD). Dr Kitahata also provides primary HIV care, inpatient medical care, and teaches medical students, residents, and fellows.

Committees and Organizations:
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Member, Board of Directors, Infectious Diseases Society of America, HIV Medicine Association
  • Member, Executive Committee, NIH International Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA)
  • Member, USPHS/IDSA Working Group on Guidelines for Prevention of Opportunistic Infections
Honors and Awards:
  • Charles A. Dana Scholar in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mack Lipkin, Sr. Award for Outstanding Scientific Presentation, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Yale University, BS
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD
  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Internship and Residency
  • University of Washington, Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, MPH, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research
Selected Publications:
  1. Kitahata MM, Gange SJ, Abraham AG, et al. Effect of early versus deferred antiretroviral therapy for HIV on survival. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:1815-1826.
  2. Deeks SG, Gange SJ, Kitahata MM, et al. Trends in multidrug treatment failure and subsequent mortality among antiretroviral therapy-experienced patients with HIV infection in North America. Clin Infect Dis. 2009;49:1582-1590.
  3. Kitahata MM, Rodriguez B, Haubrich R, et al. Cohort profile: the Centers for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical Systems. Int J Epidemiol. 2008;37:948-955.
  4. Kitahata MM, Dillingham PW, Chaiyakunapruk N, et al. Electronic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) clinical reminder system improves adherence to practice guidelines among the University of Washington HIV Study Cohort. Clin Infect Dis. 2003;36:803-811.
  5. Kitahata MM, Tegger MK, Wagner EH, Holmes KK. Comprehensive health care for people infected with HIV in developing countries. BMJ. 2002;325:954-957.
  6. Kitahata MM, Van Rompaey SE, Shields AW. Physician experience in the care of HIV-infected persons is associated with earlier adoption of new antiretroviral therapy. JAIDS. 2000;24:106-114.
  7. Kitahata MM, Koepsell TD, Deyo RA, Maxwell CL, Dodge WT, Wagner EH. Physicians' experience with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome as a factor in patients' survival. N Engl J Med. 1996;334:701-706.