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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, 2013

Selected Publications

Nelson KM. The burden of obesity among a national probability sample of veterans. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2006:21:915-919.
Nelson KM, McFarland L, Reiber G. Factors influencing diabetes self-management among veterans with diabetes and poor glycemic control. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007;22(4):442-447.
Nelson K, Boyko E, Koepsell T. All-cause mortality risk among a national sample of individuals with diabetes. Diabetes Care November 2010;33 2360-2364.
Nelson K, Lurie N, Escarce J, Taylor L, McFarland L, Fihn S. The Impact of Neighborhood Environment on Veteran Health Status. J Gen Intern Med 2011: 26(8):862–7.
Rosland A*, Nelson K*, Sun H, Dolan E, Maynard C, Bryson C, Stark R, Shear J, Kerr E, Fihn SD, Schectman G. The Patient Centered Medical Home in the Veterans Health Administration. (*Co- first authors) American Journal of Managed Care. 2013: 19(7):e263-e272.
Helfrich C, Dolan E, Simonetti J, Reid RJ, Joos S, Wakefield BJ, Schectman G, Stark R, Fihn S, Nelson K Elements of team-based care in a patient-centered medical home are associated with lower burnout among VA primary care employees. Accepted for publication in JGIM.