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Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology (Chronic Disease)

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Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS

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Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS is an attending physician in the Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department and an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Yale School of Public Health and the Program in Addiction Medicine. She was a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) K12 sponsored Drug use, Addiction and HIV Research (DAHRS) Scholar, and is board certified in emergency and addiction medicine. She completed her residency training and research fellowship in the Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine. Her research primarily focuses on the design, testing and implementation of evidence based-care for ED patients with substance use disorders, with an emphasis on initiating medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder in the ED and maximizing effective linkage to ongoing treatment using innovative strategies. Her research on quality improvement and reducing opioid-associated mortality through data linkages, implementation-facilitation ED-initiated buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, initiating treatment for alcohol use disorder in the ED and the dissemination of evidence-based best practices for care of patients with addiction has been funded by NIDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), Foundation for Opioid Response (FORE), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Education & Training

  • MHS
    Yale University College of Medicine (2016)
  • Residency
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2014)
  • MD
    Drexel University College of Medicine (2010)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Early Career Research AwardAcademy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM)2021
25 under 45 Influencers in Emergency MedicineAmerican College of Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Resident Association2020
CPDD FORCE (Female Opioid-addiction Research and Clinical Experts) AwardCollege for Problems on Drug Dependence2020
ACEP Research Forum Best Presentation Young Investigator AwardAmerican College of Emergency Medicine2018
Best Oral Research PresentationConnecticut College of Emergency Physicians2015

Professional Service

ACEP Opioid Advisory Network Funded by the SAMHSA Opioid Response Network, the ACEP Opioid Advisory Network provides individualized support and guidance to individuals seeking guidance on the design, implementation and delivery of evidence based care for ED patients with Opioid Use Disorder. Website: - Present
Yale New Haven Hospital Ethics CommitteeConsultant2020 - Present
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Quality Network Opioid InitiativeCo-chair of online learning collaborative and quality improvement project designed to engage EDs across the US in enhanced evidence-based care for ED patients with opioid use disorder - Present
Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine, Society for Academic Emergency MedicineCo-chair, Research Committee2014 - 2015
Yale Emergency Medicine ResidencyChief Resident2013 - 2014

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