Kathleen Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH

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Kathleen Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH

Faculty Scientist

 Research Interests

  • Shared decision making practice and education
  • Practice variation and disparities
  • Healthcare quality improvement and safety

Dr. Fairfield is an internist and health services researcher at CORE, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine. Her training includes an M.D. at Boston University School of Medicine and internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She completed the Harvard Medical School fellowship in General Medicine, earning an M.P.H. in Clinical Effectiveness, and a Dr.P.H. in Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. After serving on the faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Fairfield joined MMC in 2002.

Dr. Fairfield’s work is at the intersection of health services research, quality, and population health. She is the PI for the IMPROVE Study (Improving Maine’s Population Health, Research Impact, Outcomes, Value, and Equity through Education). This works includes analyses of large claims and health behavior datasets to understand patterns of health care and the complex relationships between health care delivery and population health. Active research projects include analyses of variation in lung cancer treatment and cardiovascular care as they relate to health behaviors across Maine. This work also informs health care delivery across the MaineHealth system and the state of Maine. In order to disseminate this work, she co-developed a Certificate in Health Care Improvement with Dr. Peter Bates and The Dartmouth Institute, aimed at training inter-professional teams about these concepts in the context of local reports of care delivery and population health.

She also studies and teaches shared decision making models of care using standardized patients and other methods. Dr. Fairfield currently collaborates on health care quality initiatives through CORE’s partnership with the Center for Performance Improvement at MaineHealth, and serves as Associate Chief of Medicine for Research and Quality Improvement at MMC. She has received research support from the Maine Cancer Foundation, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

In addition to her research activities, Dr. Fairfield sees patients and supervises residents in the International and Travel Clinics at MMC. Dr. Fairfield is board certified in Internal Medicine. She also volunteers as Medical Director for the Portland Community Free Clinic.

Fairfield KM, Gerstein BS, Levin CA, Stringfellow V, Wierman HR, McNaughton-Collins M. Decisions about Medication Use and Cancer Screening across Age Groups in the United States.  Patient Education and Counseling, 2015;98: 338–343.

Wexler RM, Gerstein BS, Brackett C, Fagnan LJ, Fairfield KM, Frosch DL, Lewis CL, Morrissey L, Simmons LH, Swieskowski D, Chang Y, Fowler FJ, Barry MJ.  Patient Responses to Decision Aids in the United States.  The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine 2015;5:106-111.

Hoffman RM, Elmore JG, Pignone MP, Gerstein BS, Levin CA, Fairfield KM. Knowledge and Values for Cancer Screening Decisions:  Results from a National Survey. Patient Education and Counseling 2016;99:624-630.

Fairfield KM, Black AW, Lucas FL, Siewers AE, Cohen MC, Healey CT, Briggs AC, Han PKJ, Wennberg JE. Behavioral Risk Factors and Regional Variation in Cardiovascular Healthcare and Death. AJPM, 2017, in press.