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photo Kevin L. Kraemer, MD, MSc

General Internal Medicine

Professor of Medicine and Clinical & Translational Science

Chief, Section of Treatment, Research, and Education in Addiction Medicine

Director, Clinical and Translational Science Fellowship

Medical Director, General Internal Medicine Center for Opioid Recovery

Co-Director, NRSA for Primary Medical Care


Phone: 412-692-4843

Office: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4843
Fax: 412-692-4838
Education and Training
BS, Biology, University of California at San Diego, 1983
MD, University of California at San Francisco, 1989
MSc, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 1995
Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1992
General Internal Medicine Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, 1995
Research Interest
Dr. Kraemer’s research interests are in the delivery and implementation of patient-centered strategies for the detection and early intervention of unhealthy alcohol and drug use, the application of cost-effectiveness methodology to alcohol and drug detection and treatment programs, and the comparative effectiveness of alcohol and drug addiction treatment on HIV outcomes and quality of HIV care. He serves as co-investigator and Pittsburgh Principal Investigator for the national, multi-site Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) on the impact of multi-substance use and use in a prospective cohort of 9000 HIV infected and uninfected veterans and a “virtual” cohort of all 47,000+ HIV-infected Veterans in care since 1998. He is currently Principal Investigator of a PCORI-supported cluster-randomized pragmatic trial in 48 clinics of provider targeted behavioral interventions to prevent unsafe opioid prescribing in patients with acute pain. 5 Dr. Kraemer has extensive research mentoring experience across the spectrum of predoctoral students to postdoctoral fellows to junior and mid-level faculty. Currently, he is primary mentor to several University of Pittsburgh junior faculty, fellows, and residents. He serves as a “Master Mentor” in the ICRE “Training Early Academic Mentors” program, is co-leader for the ICRE’s annual “Mentoring Matters” half-day workshop, and teaches in the University of Pittsburgh Office for Academic Career Development’s professional development workshop series, including the session on K awards. Nationally, he has served on the AAMC “Committee on Training Physicians to be Clinical-Translational Investigators.”
Clinical Interest
Dr. Kraemer provides outpatient and inpatient general medical care to adult patients. As Chief of the Section of Treatment, Research, and Education in Addiction Medicine (STREAM), he is currently developing clinical programs to address substance use disorders in non-specialty settings. He is board certified in Addiction Medicine, directs the UPMC Center for Opioid Recovery, and attends on the Inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Service.
Educational Interest
Dr. Kraemer has a career-long commitment to academic career development and training. He directed the University of Pittsburgh General Internal Medicine (GIM) Fellowship Program from 2003 to 2014,the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Scholars Program (supported by two AHRQ T32 awards) from 2008 through 2014, and the GIM Clinical Research Scholars Fellowship Program from 2014 to present. He currently co-directs the HRSA T32 NRSA in Primary Medical Care training program and directs the Clinical and Translational Science Fellowship. Dr. Kraemer has been an active leader in the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) career development programs for both postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty since their inception. For 12 years, he has directed the Research Design and Development Course, required of all ICRE MS in Clinical Research students and ICRE Clinical Research Scholars Program scholars, which has the primary objective of helping students develop a full-length research proposal suitable for submission to the NIH or other granting agencies. He has served on the MS Thesis Committee for numerous ICRE graduating students, and has served on the Comprehensive Examination Committee for the Doctoral Program in Health Services Research and Policy.
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Selected Publications:
Justice, A.C., McGinnis, K.A., Tate, J.P., Braithwaite, R.S., Bryant, K.J., Cook, R.L., Edelman, E.J., Fiellin, L.E., Freiberg, M.S., Gordon, A.J., Kraemer, K.L., Marshall, B.D., Williams, E.C., Fiellin, D.A. Risk of mortality and physiologic injury evident with lower alcohol exposure among HIV infected compared with uninfected men. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2016; 161: 95-103.
Depp, T.B., McGinnis, K.A., Kraemer, K.L., Akgun, K.M., Edelman, E.J., Fiellin, D.A., Butt, A.A., Crystal, S., Gordon, A.J., Freiberg, M., Gilbert, C.L., Rimland, D., Bryant, K.J., Crothers, K. Risk factors associated with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in HIV-infected and uninfected patients. AIDS. 2016; 30(3): 455-63.
Kraemer, K.L. Can a behavioral alcohol intervention be delivered cost-effectively to persons living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa?. Alcohol Clinical Exp Res. 2016; 40(1): 50-1.
Korthuis, P.T., McGinnis, K.A., Kraemer, K.L., Gordon, A.J., Skanderson, M., Justice, A.C., Crystal S., Goetz, M.B., Gibert, C.L., Rimland, D., Fiellin, L.E., Gaither, J.R., Wang, K., Asch, S.M., McInnes, D.K., Ohl, M.E., Bryant, K., Tate, J.P., Duggal, M., Fiellin, D.A. Quality of HIV care and mortality in HIV-infected patients. Clinical Infectious Disease. 2015; 62(2): 233-9.
Rubio, D.M., Day, N.L., Conigliaro, J., Hanusa, B.H., Larkby, C., McNeil, M., Cohen, E., Jones, B., Watt-Morse, M., Gilmour, C., Lancet, M., Kraemer, K.L. Brief motivational enhancement intervention to prevent or reduce postpartum alcohol use: a single-blinded, randomized controlled effectiveness trial. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2014; 46(3): 382-9.
Freiberg, M.S., Chang, C.C., Kuller, L.H., Skanderson, M., Lowy, E., Kraemer, K.L., Butt, A.A., Goetz, M., Leaf, D., Oursler, K.A., Rimland, D., Rodriguez-Barradas, M., Brown, S., Gibert, C., McGinnis, K., Crothers, K., Sico, J., Crane, H., Warner, A., Gottlieb, S. HIV infection and the risk of acute myocardial infarction. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2013; 173: 614-22.
Yuo, T.H., Roberts, M.S., Braithwaite, R.S., Chang, C.C., Kraemer, K.L. Applying the payoff time framework to carotid artery disease management. Medical Decision Making. 2013; 33: 1039-50.
Johnson, T., Weaver, M., Borrero, S., Davis, E., Myaskovksy, L., Zukerbraun, N., Kraemer, K.L. Racial and ethnic disparities in the management of pediatric abdominal pain. Pediatrics. 2013; 132: e851-8.
Korthuis, P.T., Fiellin, D.A., McGinnis, K.A., Skanderson, M., Justice, A.C., Gordon, A.J., Doebler, D.A., Asch, S.M., Fiellin, L.E., Bryant, K., Gilbert, C.L., Crystal, S., Goetz, M.B., Rimland, D., Rodriquez-Barradas, M., Kraemer, K.L. Unhealthy Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use are Associated with Decreased Quality of HIV Care. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2012; 61: 171-8.
Primack, B.A., Douglas, E.L., Kraemer, K.L. Exposure to cannabis in popular music and cannabis use among adolescents. Addiction. 2010; 105 (3): 515-23.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: University of Pittsburgh Collaboration in Addiction Training Scholars (PittCATS) Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Agency for Drug Abuse
Grant Number: K12 DA050607
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2025
Title: Online Mutual Help Group Scorecard
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Staunton Farm Foundation
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2021
Title: Provider-Targeted Behavioral Interventions to Prevent Unsafe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Non-Cancer Pain in Primary Care
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2022
Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Alcohol and Drug Treatment in HIV-Infected
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
Grant Number: R01 AA022886
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: Appalachian Node
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Agency for Drug Abuse
Grant Number: UG1 DA049436
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2024
Title: Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Louisiana Public Health Institute/ Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2019
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Workplace Development)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: UL1 TR001857
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of General Medical Science
Grant Number: R25 GM116740
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Notable Achievements
Treasurer and Board of Directors, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, 2015-2017
Associate Editor, Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence, 2003-present
Ad hoc study section reviewer, NIDA, NIAAA, and AHRQ, 2004-present
Distinguished Research Mentor Award, Institute for Clinical Research Education, 2019
Most Valuable Player, Division of General Internal Medicine, 2017