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Katherine C. McKenzie, MD, FACP

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

Contact Information

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

Appointments

Biography

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

Activities

  • 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
  • When Torture Survivors Recover and Heal: Exploring the Human Capacity for Resilience
    Boston, United States 2019
  • Compounded Trauma While Seeking Refuge: a Case of Family Separation in Asylum Medicine
    New Haven, United States 2019
  • Incorporating Health and Human Rights into Medical Education
    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
  • Advocating for Asylum Seekers in a Time of Record Forced Displacement: A Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Approach
    Washington, United States 2018
  • Medical Evaluation of Asylum Seekers: Lessons from Two University-Based Models
    Washington, United States 2018
  • Resilience in Asylum, Immigrant, and Refugee Medicine; Self-Care and Support to Promote Long-Term Involvement and Well-Being of Clinicians
    Boston, United States 2018
  • "Save the Affordable Care Act Rally"
    New Haven, United States 2017
  • Resilience in Asylum, Immigrant, and Refugee Medicine: Self-Care and Support to Promote Long-Term Involvement and Well-Being of Clinicians
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Demonstrating Resilience After Fleeing Persecution: A Man Tortured for His Political Opinion is Granted Asylum
    Washington, United States 2017
  • A Woman Seeking Asylum Who Was Subjected to Female Genital Cutting
    Washington, United States 2017
  • An Innovative Approach to Teaching Asylum Medicine and Promote Resilience in Trainees Who Evaluate Torture Survivors: The Observership Model in a Simulation Center
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Engaging Students in the Evaluation of Asylum Seekers: Building Capacity, Teaching Service and Resilience
    Washington, 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
  • Medical Evaluation of Asylum Seekers
    Niagara Falls, United States 2016
  • Teaching Medical Students About Forensic Evaluations of Asylum Seekers: Five Clinical Models
    Providence, United States 2016
  • Physical Evaluation of Asylum Seekers
    New York, United States 2015
  • Evaluating Asylum Seekers
    Bridgeport, United States 2015
  • Teaching Cultural Sensitivity: Medical Evaluations of Asylum Seekers
    New Haven, United States 2014
  • Case Studies of Asylum Seekers
    New Haven, United States 2013
  • Medical Evaluations of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
    Orlando, United States 2012

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Top Docs 2019Connecticut Magazine2019
Leonard B. Tow Award for Humanism in MedicineYale School of Medicine2018
Top Docs 2018Connecticut Magazine2018
Top Docs 2017Connecticut Magazine2017
Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine2016
Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine2015
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

OrganizationRoleDate
Society of Refugee Healthcare ProvidersBoard Member2019 - Present
Board, Project Access New HavenBoard Member2018 - 2021

Departments & Organizations