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Kurt Kroenke, MD

Kurt Kroenke, MD

Affiliate Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Director of Fellowship and Training Programs, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

An internationally respected expert in physical and psychological symptoms, Dr. Kurt Kroenke’s principal research interests include pain, depression, anxiety, and other common symptoms. Dr. Kroenke has developed multiple patient-reported outcome measures which have been translated into more than 100 languages and used globally, including the PHQ-9 depression scale, GAD-7 anxiety scale, PHQ-15 somatization scale, and PEG pain scale. The PHQ-9 and GAD-7 are used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Food and Drug Administration and serve as national guidelines in electronic health records and in research and clinical practice settings.

Dr. Kroenke has been an investigator on 16 pragmatic clinical trials using teleheath and collaborative care models to provide symptom-focused medication and behavioral interventions. This which have been conducted in primary care, neurology, geriatrics, oncology and the emergency department. 

Recently his research has focused on chronic pain, one of the most common problems seen in primary care. His work in this area examines the impact of treating depression on pain, assesses stepped care to optimize pain care effectiveness, tests novel methods to reduce race and socio-economic disparities in pain care and evaluates telecare management of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Dr. Kroenke serves on editorial boards for JAMA–Internal Medicine, General Hospital Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Psychosomatics. In 2012, he was named Distinguished Educator by the Association of Clinical Research Training (ACRT). In 2015, he received the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine Alison Creed Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Robert J. Glaser award, the organization’s highest award. He has mentored more than 40 fellows and junior faculty and has more than 400 peer-reviewed research publications.

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