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Kirsten L. Ek, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
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Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1640
Phone: 860-679-7087
Fax: 860-679-3450

Academic Hospitalist; UCONN School of Medicine Course Director: Patient Advocacy in Communities, Teams & Health Systems (PACTS) 

B.A.Bowdoin CollegeEnglish Literature
OtherCornell UniversityPost-baccalaureate pre-medical coursework
M.D.University of Connecticut School of MedicineInternal Medicine
OtherUniversity of ConnecticutInternal Medicine
CertificateYale School of Public HealthClimate Change and Health

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineInternal Medicine
Professional TrainingICahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiMini-Fellowship in Geriatrics
PostdoctoralYale School of Public HealthPublic Health Certificate: Climate Change and Health
Professional TrainingAMAAccelerating Change in Medical Education Health Systems Science: Faculty Development Workshop; American Medical Association, 9/2018; 12/2019

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
FellowAmerican College of Physicians
FellowAmerican College of Physicians
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. 2020School of Medicine
PAWS Award: Stroke Alert Responding TeamUCONN Health
Kaiser Permanente Grant Award, with Kate TopalisKaiser Permanente
Teaching Award: Outstanding Clinical Preceptor. 2018School of Medicine

Hospital Medicine practice

Develop and teach curriculum modules for first year students with focuses on health systems science, interprofessional collaboration, health equity, public health, the patient experience of living with chronic illness, and community/population health and advocacy.

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Connecticut Health Professionals for Climate Action (state affiliate of the national Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health)Community ServiceBoard of Directors; Co-FounderExternalState2022
UCONN Health Sustainability CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthLocal2020
BARC (Block B, C, D Assessment Review Committee)Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2017
Clinical Foundations CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2017
Antimicrobial Stewardship CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2016
Infection Control CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeHospitalist AttendingUConn HealthLocal2013
American College of PhysiciansProfessional/Scientific OrganizationFellowExternalNational2011
Calhoun Cardiology Review CommitteeOtherUConn HealthUniversity
Health Systems Science Steering CommitteeEducation CommitteeUConn HealthUniversity

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Transitions from Setting to Setting Along the Care Continuum: The Case for Megateams
    Howe, J.L., Boal, J., Ek, K., & Cassel, C.K. Ethical Patient Care 2002 Jan;
  • Demography and Epidemiology of Age-Associated Neuronal Impairment
    Cassel, C.K, Ek, K. Functional Neurobiology of Aging 2001 Jan;31-50



  • The COVID Yogi
    Kirsten Ek, Lahari Kota ACP Hospitalist: Pandemic Perspectives, Part 1 2020 Nov;(November 2020):
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Health Equity in Action - Transforming Neighborhoods through Policy, Advocacy & Partnership DESCRIPTION - Many medical students and professionals want to impact the health of communities. Health equity, at its core, invites those in healthcare not only to impact individual patients but also to improve the circumstances in which patients live. Health systems and medical schools are often uniquely positioned to have such an impact.Panel DiscussionSNMA 59th Annual Medical Education Conference "Brilliance Embodied"2023SNMA 59th Annual Medical Education Conference; CT Convention Center
Adult Scurvy Presenting as Severe Periodontal Disease and Mimicking Cutaneous Vasculitis Luiza Doro Pereira1, Maria de Los Angeles Fernandez Manrique2, Aziz Khan3, Kirsten Ek1 1 Internal Medicine Department, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington CT. 2 School of Medicine, Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo, Samborondon, Ecuador. 3 Dermatology Department, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington CT.PosterCT Chapter of American College of Physicians, Annual Scientific Meeting2023CT Chapter of American College of Physicians Annual Meeting; Plantsville CT
Climate Change and Health: Relevance to Your Practice. CME presentation.LectureConnecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Annual Meeting2022Hartford Convention Center
Teaching Health Equity by Neighborhood: Exploring the 15 year Life Expectancy Gap at the School of Medicine's Doorstep; American Medical Association and AAMC National ConferencesPosterAmerican Medical Association and AAMC National Conference2020Virtual Poster Display
Accelerating Change in Medical Education Health Systems Science: Faculty Development Workshop; American Medical AssociationOtherAMA2019Chicago
SustainabilityTalkUCONN Health2019Infection Control Committee and Infectious Liaison Committee
Guillain Barre Syndrome Following Transforaminal Epidural Injection. Manasvi Gupta MD, Hassan Bin Attique MD, Kirsten Ek MDPosterACP CT 2019 Scientific Meeting2019Hartford, CT