Elizabeth F.O. Kern, MD, MS

Elizabeth F.O. Kern
Department of Medicine, Associate Professor
Director, Health Outcomes
Section of Nephrology & Diabetology
Diabetes Program
Kidney Disease Program
Cancer Registry
Clinical Patient Registries for Quality Improvement
Specialties and ConditionsSpecialties & Conditions
  • Chronic Kidney Disease, Stages I-IV
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney-Related Electrolyte Abnormalities and Hypertension
Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Electronic patient registries for quality improvement
  • Health Outcomes Research

Special Interests

Dr. Kern's clinical training and practice focus upon the treatment of patients with diabetes, especially the patient with chronic kidney disease due to diabetes. She also treats patients with a variety of chronic kidney diseases, prior to the need for dialysis. Her research focuses upon the epidemiology of treated patient populations, and in the area of quality improvement of medical care. She has designed and implemented computerized patient registries that are useful in measuring and improving the quality of health care. She is principal investigator for the creation of a computerized system to report cancer cases to the state of Colorado Department of Public Health.

Research Interests

Epidemiology, Health Outcomes, Medical Informatics, Quality Improvement

Clinical Interests



University of Iowa Graduate School, MS, Epidemiology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Affiliated Programs, Internal Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Nephrology
University of Pennsylvania Cox Institute for Diabetes Research, Diabetes Research

Awards & Recognition

Member of the National Jewish Health Institutional Review Board

Board Certification

2000: Nephrology
1982: Internal Medicine

Professional Memberships

American Diabetes Association
American Society of Nephrology
Academy for Healthcare Improvement


Drawz PE, Miller RT, Singh S, Watts B, Kern E. Impact of a chronic kidney disease registry and provider education on guideline adherence - a cluster randomized controlled trial, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, e-published June 2012

Watts S, Anselmo J, Kern E. Validating the AdultCarbQuiz: A Test of Carbohydrate Counting Knowledge for Adults with Diabetes, Diabetes Spectrum, vol. 24: 154-160, July 1, 2011

Watts S, Lawrence R, Kern E. Diabetes Nurse Case Management Training Program: Enhancing Care Consistent with the Chronic Care and the Patient-Centered Medical Home Models, Clinical Diabetes, vol. 29 (1), 25-33, January 2011

Kern E, Genuth S, Erhard P, Sun W, Weiss M. Early urinary markers of diabetic kidney disease: a nested case-control study from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), Am J Kidney Dis. 55: (5), 824-834, May 2010

Kern E, Beischel S, Stalnaker R, Aron DC, Kirsh SR, Watts SA. Building a Diabetes Registry from the Veterans Health Administration’s Computerized Patient Record System. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2: (1) 7-13, Jan 2008

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

Teaching & Professional Positions

Preceptor for masters level students in pharmacy, and masters level students in public health.

Contact Information

  • Office: 877.225.5654
  • Email: KernE@njhealth.org



  • National Jewish Health Main Campus
    1400 Jackson St.
    Denver, CO 80206

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.


Comments are collected in our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Patients are de-identified to protect confidentiality and patient privacy. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.