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Karin Nelson, MD, MSHS

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Health Services

Education & Training

MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 1991-1995
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1995-1998
MSHS, UCLA, School of Public Health., Los Angeles, CA, 1998-2000

Professional Interests

Diabetes self-management
Patient adherence
Patient-centered medical home


Sigma Xi, 1989
BestTrainee Paper Award, 1993
Cardiology Book Award, 1996, 1997
Primary Care Resident Award, 1998
NRSA Research Fellowship, 1998-2000
Department of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2013
Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Mentoring Award nominee, 2015
VHA HSR&D’s Best Research Paper of the Year Award for Nelson, et al. Implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). JAMA Internal Medicine. , 2015
Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Northwest Region Award for Excellence in Clinician Investigation , 2015

Selected Publications

Nelson KM, Brown ME, Lurie N. Hunger in an adult patient population. JAMA. 1998 Apr 15;279(15):1211-4. PubMed PMID: 9555762.
Nelson KM, Reiber G, Boyko EJ. Diet and exercise among adults with type 2 diabetes: findings from the third national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES III). Diabetes Care. 2002 Oct;25(10):1722-8. PubMed PMID: 12351468.
Nelson KM. The burden of obesity among a national probability sample of veterans. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Sep;21(9):915-9. PubMed PMID: 16918734; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1831589.
Nelson KM, McFarland L, Reiber G. Factors influencing disease self-management among veterans with diabetes and poor glycemic control. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Apr;22(4):442-7. PubMed PMID: 17372790; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1829424.
Nelson KM, Helfrich C, Sun H, Hebert PL, Liu CF, Dolan E, Taylor L, Wong E, Maynard C, Hernandez SE, Sanders W, Randall I, Curtis I, Schectman G, Stark R, Fihn SD. Implementation of the patient-centered medical home in the Veterans Health Administration: associations with patient satisfaction, quality of care, staff burnout, and hospital and emergency department use. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Aug;174(8):1350-8. PubMed PMID: 25055197.