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Katherine C. McKenzie, MD, FACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director, Yale Center for Asylum Medicine

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Katherine C. McKenzie, MD, FACP

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • General Internal Medicine

    Department of Internal Medicine, 367 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT, 06510

    United States

Katherine C. McKenzie
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Dr. McKenzie practices general internal medicine at the Yale Adult Primary Care Center. She teaches medical students and residents in small group settings, in her ambulatory office and on the general medical wards at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Dr. McKenzie is the director of the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine. She and her colleagues at the Center perform medical forensic evaluations of asylum seekers. She works with attorneys from Yale Law School and the University of Connecticut School of Law, as well as the human rights groups such as Physicians for Human Rights, HealthRight International, the American Friends Service Committee and the Connecticut Institute of Refugees and Immigrants. She provides objective medical assessments of people who report experiencing torture or persecution in the countries from which they have fled.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Boston University (1992)
  • BA
    University of Colorado at Boulder (1987)
  • Resident
    University Hospital, Boston, MA


  • Documenting Physical Sequelae of Torture and Ill Treatment
    Charlottesville, United States 2020
  • Asylum Medicine: Standard and Best Practices
    Toronto, Canada 2019
  • The Clinician as Advocate: Speaking, Writing and Organizing in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
    Toronto, Canada 2019
  • "Rally to Close Detention Camps"
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Advocacy, Human Rights and the Role of Professional Organizations
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Update in Asylum Law and Asylum Medicine
    Toronto, Canada 2019
  • Asylum Seekers in a Time of Record Forced Displacement: The Role of the Clinician
    Stony Brook, United States 2018
  • Medical Advocacy on Behalf of Detained Immigrants
    New York, United States 2018
  • Asylum Seekers in a Time of Global Record Forced Displacement: The Role of the Clinician
    Portland, United States 2018
  • Forensic Evaluation of Asylum Seekers
    Portland, United States 2018
  • Advocating for Asylum Seekers in a Time of Record Forces Displacement: A Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Approach
    New York, United States 2018
  • "Save the Affordable Care Act Rally"
    New Haven, United States 2017
  • Medical Evaluation of Asylum Seekers
    Niagara Falls, United States 2016
  • Physical Evaluation of Asylum Seekers
    Los Angeles, United States 2016
  • Local Global Health: Evaluating Asylum Seekers, Caring for Refugees
    New Haven, United States 2016

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Leonard B. Tow Award for Humanism in MedicineYale School of Medicine2018
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2018Connecticut Magazine2018
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2017Connecticut Magazine2017
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine2016
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine2015
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2014Connecticut Magazine2014
Outstanding Faculty Vignette Poster, SGIM New England Regional Meeting. “Case Studies of Asylum Seekers.”Society of General Internal Medicine2013
Faculty Award for Achievement in Clinical CareDepartment of Medicine2010

Professional Service

Society of Refugee Healthcare ProvidersBoard Member2019 - Present
Project Access New HavenBoard Member2018 - Present
American College of PhysiciansFellow, American College of Physicians2017 - Present

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