Katherine Kirley, MD's research explores how physicians make decisions when faced with uncertainty and complex information. Her current projects focus on how physicians prescribe anticoagulants, particularly the new generation of oral anticoagulants, and how physicians use these medications in the management of atrial fibrillation. Dr. Kirley uses a mixed methods approach, incorporating qualitative interviews, surveys, large quantitative databases, and quality improvement methods to tackle the problem of atrial fibrillation under-treatment, with the goal of improving stroke prevention in high-risk patients. Dr. Kirley also has research interests in obesity management and diagnostic uncertainty, particularly as these topics relate to physician decision-making.
Dr. Kirley obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, and has completed her Family Medicine Residency at UIC/Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Following her residency, Dr. Kirley completed a Family Medicine Research Fellowship at the University of Chicago where she simultaneously obtained a masters degree in clinical research. After completion of her fellowship, Dr. Kirley joined NorthShore University HealthSystem at the Highland Park Primary Care office. Additionally, Dr. Kirley holds an appointment as a Clinician Educator in the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.