Kathleen Tschantz Unroe, MD, MHA, was a Geriatric Medicine Fellow at Duke University Medical Center and the Durham VA GRECC when she participated in the HAPF program. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, with a clinical, research, and policy focus on nursing home residents. Her particular focus is palliative care and hospice in long term care settings. She is project director of a CMS clinical demonstration project – OPTIMISTIC (Optimizing Patient Transfers, Improving Medical Quality, Impacting Symptoms: Transforming Institutional Care) – which is active from 2012-2016 and involves placing additional staff in 19 Indiana nursing homes. The primary goal of the project is reduction of avoidable hospitalizations of long stay nursing home residents.
She completed her Internal Medicine training at Duke University. She obtained her MD at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health with a Specialization in Aging. Dr. Unroe also pursued her Masters in Health Administration at Ohio State because of her interests in long term care. Prior to medical school, she worked at AARP’s Public Policy Institute as a research assistant.
During her HAPF fellowship, Dr. Unroe worked on several issues including the policy implications of avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents.