Erin K. Kross, MD

Erin Kross

Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Contact Information

Harborview Medical Center
325 - 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Academic Office: (206) 744-4649
Fax: (206) 744-8485


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Education and Training

B.A. in Psychology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1997.

M.D., University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 2002.

Internship, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 2003.

Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 2005.

Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2010.

ACLS certified

Research Interests

My research focuses on outcomes for families and patients after critical illness, with a focus on psychological outcomes such as PTSD, depression and anxiety. I am interested in the shared experience of critical illness for patients and families, as well as outcomes for family members of those who die in the intensive care unit. I am currently supported by a K23 career development award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, through which I am studying psychological and quality of life outcomes for patients who survive acute lung injury and their family members.

Representative Publications

Kross EK, Nielsen EL, Curtis JR, Engelberg RA. Survey burden for family members surveyed about end-of-life care in the intensive care unit. J Pain Symptom Manage 2012 Jul 2 [Epub ahead of print].

Kross EK, Engelberg RA, Gries CJ, Nielsen EL, Zatzick D, Curtis JR. ICU care associated with symptoms of depression and PTSD among family members of those who die in the ICU. Chest 2011 Apr;139(4):795-801.

Gries CJ, Engelberg RA, Kross EK, Zatzick D, Nielsen EL, Curtis JR. Predictors of symptoms of posttraumatic stress and depression in family members after patient death in the ICU. Chest 2010;137(2):280-7.

Kross EK, Engelberg RA, Shannon SE, Curtis JR. Potential for response bias in family surveys about end-of-life care in the intensive care unit. Chest 2009;136:1496-1502.

Davydow DS, Zatzick DF, Rivara FP, Jurkovich GJ, Want J, Roy-Byrne PP, Katon WJ, Hough CL, Kross EK, Fan M-Y, Joesch J, MacKenzie EJ. Predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder and return to usual major activity in traumatically injured intensive care unit survivors. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2009;31(5):428-35.

Kross EK, Gries CJ, Curtis JR. Posttraumatic stress disorder following critical illness. Crit Care Clin 2008;24(4):875-87.

Kross EK and Curtis JR. Burden of psychological symptoms and illness in family of critically ill patients: What is the relevance for critical care clinicians? Crit Care Med 2008;36(6):1955-6.


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