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photo Kristen Ann Ehrenberger, MD, PhD

General Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: ehrenbergerka@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4945

Contact
Office: 200 Lothrop St.
MUH Suite N715
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4945
Fax:
E-mail: ehrenbergerka@upmc.edu
Education and Training
Education
MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 2016
PhD, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
MA, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
BA, History, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2004
Training
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2020
Research Interest
Dr. Ehrenberger's primary research interest is in the history of medicine, nutrition, and the body in modern Western contexts such as Germany and the United States. She has leadership positions at the Journal of General Internal Medicine, in the Body Studies Network of the German Studies Association, and at H-Nutrition (H-Net). She is also involved in the American Association of the History of Medicine.

As for medical research, she is currently conducting an interdisciplinary case series and retrospective chart review into the frequency of pill fragments, severity of mucosal damage, and clinical course of patients taking sevelamer, a common ESRD medication with significant potential morbidity and mortality in the setting of constipation and/or ileus.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Ehrenberger is Director of the Progressive Evaluation & Referral Center (PERC), a unique primary care home for adults with developmental disability, intellectual disability, and/or technology dependence since childhood. She is passionate about creating connections with pediatric providers to smooth the transition into adult medical care.
Educational Interest
Dr. Ehrenberger teaches in the "Race & Racism in Medicine" elective for senior medical students. She has guest lectured for "COVID and Population Health" and "Epidemics & Xenophobia." She is a co-creator of Teaching Rounds, a social media project that provides clinical pearls outside the clinical setting. One of her favorite genres is the historically inflected clinical lecture, such as a history of women's experiences undergoing breast cancer treatment paired with a review of current screening guidelines.
Notable Achievements
American Academy of Pediatrics Meds-Peds Resident Advocacy Award, 2020
PittMed Professionalism Accolae, 2020
Best Clinical Vignette, University of Illinois College of Medicine Research Day, 2015