Kay Schwebke, MD, MPH, MA

Internal Medicine
Infectious Diseases


Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

"My primary clinical practice has been devoted to patients with HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) infection. I believe strongly in the need to look at the whole person, not just the health concern that brings them in for care. In addition, I encourage patients to engage in their care. Everything we do as providers is understandable, as long as we take the time and effort to explain it. I have always worked at a 'safety net' facility. In addition to my work at Hennepin County Medical Center, I have cared for those in correctional facilities, the veteran population, and our elderly. Through my work and volunteer activities, it is my hope that I provide encouragement, guidance, knowledge and support to others."

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Schwebke has provided care to people with HIV since 1991. Starting in 2003, with the support of a Bush Foundation Medical Fellows Program grant, she developed expertise in the management of hepatitis C (HCV). She is the medical director of the HIV and hepatitis C co-infection clinic at Hennepin County Medical Center, where she provides care to individuals infected with HCV. In addition, Dr. Schwebke is interested in the need to understand the quality of care that patients receive. She has extensive quality measure experience, including measure development and collaboration with several national organizations, including the National Quality Forum, AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), American Gastroenterological Association, and American Academy of Neurology, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and state Medicaid programs. She is also a member of the IDSA Quality Improvement Work Group.

Credibility

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Infectious Diseases
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology), 1995, University of Minnesota
  • Masters in Health Journalism, 2009, University of Minnesota

Honors

  • Chief Resident, Veterans Administration Medical Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1990-1991)

Professional Affiliations

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Association of Healthcare Journalists

Publications

  • Schmitt S, McQuillen DP, Nahass R, Martinelli L, Rubin M, Schwebke K, Petrak R, Ritter JT, Chansolme D, Slama T, Drozd EM, Braithwaite SF, Johnsrud M, Hammelman E. Infectious diseases specialty intervenention is associated with decreased mortality and lower health costs. Clin Infect Dis. 2014;58(1):22-28.
  • Brooks LH, Jr., Schwebke K, Livornese R, Van Caster K, Nguyen MH. Low treatment rates and suboptimal treatment completion rates to hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy: a real-world analysis of a large US cohort. J Hepatol. 2013;58:S229-S407.
  • Puenpatom A, Hull M, McPheeters J, Schwebke K. Characteristics and prevalence of chronic kidney disease among patients with hepatitis C who are treated with interferon-free direct-acting antiviral regimens. Presented at The International Liver Congress 2016 (EASL). April 13-17, 2016, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Penpatom A, Hull M, McPheeters J, Schwebke K. Adherence to expected treatment duration for patients with hepatitis C treated with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir. Presented at The International Liver Congress 2016 (EASL). April 13-17, 2016, Barcelona, Spain.

 

Medical School

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

Residency

Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Fellowship

Infectious Diseases, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA