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
  • 5280 Top Doctors 2016
  • Recognized as a 5280 Top Doctor
  • America’s Top Doctors 2015 — Castle Connolly, Medical, Ltd.
  • Recognized in America’s Top Doctors — Castle Connolly, Inc.
  • Best Doctors in America® 2015 — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • America’s Top Doctors 2016 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
  • 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



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

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