Kathleen M Akgün, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary); Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, VA CT Healthcare System, West Haven

Departments & Organizations

Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education

Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Kathleen Akgün, MD, MS, has been a member of the Pulmonary and Critical Care faculty since she completed her fellowship in 2008. Dr. Akgün is board-certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and hospice and palliative care medicine. Her outpatient practice is primarily at VA-Connecticut (West Haven and Newington campuses) where she specializes in general pulmonary diseases. She also supervises Yale PCCSM fellows in their VA continuity clinic. Her inpatient practice is at both VA and Yale-New Haven Hospital campuses where she primarily focuses on adult critical care, particularly for older persons with multiple chronic conditions who may be approaching the end of their lives.

Dr. Akgün earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Cook College with a major in the Biology. She received her MD from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden Campus. Dr. Akgün completed her internship, residency in internal medicine and her pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine. Since joining the Yale PCCSM faculty, she completed a Masters of Science in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health.

Dr. Akgün's clinical research has focused on outcomes for HIV-infected compared with uninfected patients following admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). She has received research support through her selection as a T. Franklin Williams Research Scholar through the Association of Specialty Physicians-CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians Geriatric Development Research. She also received a VA-based VISN1 Early Career Development Award. Dr. Akgün's more recent research projects have been focusing on the use of clinical informatics tools to develop and validate tools to measure the frequency and quality of palliative care delivered during ICU admissions.

Education & Training

MS Yale Graduate School of Public Health, Chronic Diseases and Epidemiology (2014)
MD University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2001)
BS Rutgers University (1997)
Fellow Yale University
Resident Physician Yale-New Haven Hospital
Intern physician Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2008)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine (2012)

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Kathleen M Akgün, MD, MS
Patient Care Locations
VA Outpatient Pulmonary ClinicVA Connecticut Healthcare
950 Campbell Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516
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Yale Pulmonary & Critical Care MedicineYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Academic OfficeThe Anlyan Center
300 Cedar Street, Ste S441

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208057
300 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8057