Walter Newberry Kernan, MD

Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Diabetes Research Center | General Internal Medicine: Primary Care Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group

Biography

Walter N. Kernan is professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Born in Milton, Massachusetts and educated at Harvard College and Dartmouth Medical School, he completed his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After fellowship training in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, he joined the Yale faculty in the Section of General Internal Medicine.
In addition to practicing general internal medicine, Dr. Kernan's work has included educational administration, and clinical research on topics at the interface between internal medicine and cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Kernan founded and currently directs the Ambulatory Component of the Internal Medicine Clerkship which includes a network of more than 120 community-based and hospital -based internists who volunteer to teach students according to a common instructional protocol. His research on student education has focused on effective strategies for teaching in the ambulatory care setting and evaluatioin of teaching quality. In the area of cerebrovascular disease, Dr. Kernan's research has included clinical trials of new therapies for prevention of recurrent stroke (estrogen, thiazolidinediones), chort studies of prognosis, case-control studies of risk factors, and cross-sectional examinations of quality of care. He is currently the principal investigator for a multi-institutional trial funded by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to test the effectiveness of PPAR gamma agonist therapy, compared with placebo, for prevention of recurrent stroke and myocardial infarctoin among non-diabetic persons with a recent ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack and insulin resistance.

Education & Training

MD Dartmouth College (1984)
BA Harvard College (1978)
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Resident Johns Hopkins Hospital

Honors & Recognition

  • Medical Educator AwardSociety of General Internal Medicine-New England Region (1996)

Professional Service

  • President Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (2004)

  • Term Appointments & Promotions Committee Yale School of Medicine (2006 - 2009)

  • Part Time Faculty Appointments & Promotions Committee Yale School of Medicine (2000 - 2011)

  • NST-1 Study Section National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2010 - 2012)

  • NSD-K Study Section National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2005 - 2009)

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Contact Info

Walter Newberry Kernan, MD
Patient Care Location
Primary Care Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital
789 Howard Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519
Lab Location
IRIS TrialDoctors Building
2 Church Street South, Ste Suite 515

New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address
IRIS Trial Coordinating CenterSuite 515
2 Church Street South

New Haven, CT 06519

Curriculum Vitae

IRIS Trial