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Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology (Chronic Disease)

Research Summary

Dr. Hawk's research primarily focuses on reducing substance use disorder associated morbidity and mortality in high risk populations, with an emphasis on opioid overdose prevention, harm reduction and linkage to treatment initiation for emergency department patients with opioid or alcohol use disorder. 

Extensive Research Description

Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and an attending physician in the Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department. She is a former NIDA 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 reducing opioid-associated morbidity and mortality in high risk populations, with an emphasis on opioid overdose prevention, harm reduction and linkage to treatment for ED patients with opioid use disorder. Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), Foundation for Opioid Response (FORE), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and includes reducing opioid-associated mortality through data linkages, implementation-facilitation of ED initiation buprenorphine, naloxone distribution, ED patient experience and reported outcomes, and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for care of patients with addiction.


Research Interests

Bioethics; Buprenorphine; Harm Reduction; Addiction Medicine; Implementation Science; Opiate Overdose

Public Health Interests

Substance Use, Addiction; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice; Qualitative Methods

Selected Publications