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Kathleen Akgün, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary); Associate Section Chief, VA Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine; Co-Director, Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) Program, VA-Connecticut, Research; Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, VA CT Healthcare System, Department of Medicine; Member, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, PCCSM Section

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Kathleen Akgün, MD, MS

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Research Summary

Dr. Akgun's research is focused on critical illness in immunocompromised patients. Specifically, she works with the Veteran's Aging Cohort Study (VACS) to investigate the risk factors for and incidence of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions in HIV-infected patients. With her investigative teams, she also develops and validates measures for processes of care using structured and semi-structured data. Finally, she identifies disparities in sex and race for chronic condition quality of care and management in Veteran populations. She leverages her research findings to inform advocacy initiatives for dignified, person-centered health care for all patients.

She received funding from the American Subspecialty Physicians-American College of Chest Physicians CHEST Foundation investigating ICU admissions in older HIV-infected patients and the impact of age on ICU admission diagnosis and outcome in this patient population. She was also funded by VISN from from the Department of Veteran Affairs to describe patient- and ICU-level risk factors for decrements in quality of life outcomes in ICU survivors. She serves as multiple-PI for the Women's Health Strategic Health Group.

Specialized Terms: Critical care, Pulmonary disease in HIV and other immunocompromised hosts, Aging, HIV and critical illness, Palliative and end of life care in the ICU


Research Interests

Aging; Critical Care; Epidemiology; HIV; Intensive Care Units; Medical Oncology; Terminal Care; Veterans; Pulmonary Medicine; Immunocompromised Host; Palliative Medicine

Selected Publications