Kristin N. Ray, MD, MS, FAAP

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director, Health Systems Improvement, UPMC Children's Community Pediatrics
  • Affiliated Faculty, Health Policy Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Kristin Ray is a general pediatrician and health services researcher as well as the Director of Health Systems Improvement for the hospital’s affiliated primary care network, Children’s Community Pediatrics. Board-certified in both Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics, her research program focuses on improving pediatric health care system effectiveness, efficiency, family-centeredness, and equity. Additionally, Ray serves as the General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship Director.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006-Present
    • Section on Telehealth Care
    • Council on Clinical Information Technology
    • Council on Community Pediatrics Rural Health Interest Group
  • Academic Pediatric Association, 2013-Present
  • Academy Health, 2013-Present
  • Society for Pediatric Research, 2018-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, Harvard University, 2002
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2006
  • MS, Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • Internship in Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2006-2007
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2007-2009
  • Research Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2012-2014

Selected Publications

Verma R, Krishnamurti T, Ray KN. Family-centered pediatric electronic consultations: a qualitative study of parent perspectives. JMIR. 2020 Jan 26 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 3208462

Sequeira G, Ray KN, Miller E, Coulter R. Transgender youth’s disclosure of gender identity to providers outside of specialized gender centers. J Adol Health. 2020 Feb 20 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 32089449.

Sequeira GM, *Kidd K, Coulter RWS, Miller E, Garofalo R, Ray KN. Affirming transgender youth’s names and pronouns in the electronic medical record. JAMA Pediatrics. 2020 February 24 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 32091546.

Ganguli I, Shi Z, Orav EJ, Rao A, Ray KN, Mehrotra A. Declining use of primary care among commercially insured adults in the US, 2008-2016. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2020 Feb 4 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 32016285.

Ray KN, Shi Z, Ganguli G, Rao A, Orav EJ, Mehrotra A. Trends in pediatric primary care visits among commercially insured children, 2008-2016. JAMA Pediatrics. 2020 Jan 21 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 31961428.

Deepika Y, Kwok F, Kahn JM, Ray KN. Validation of use of billing codes for identifying telemedicine encounters in administrative data. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Dec 3;19(1):928. PMID: 31796039. (*First author is mentee)

Rao A, Shi Z, Ray KN, Mehrotra A, Ganguli I. National trends in primary care visit use and practice capabilities, 2008-2015. Annals of Family Medicine. 2019 Nov;17(6):538-544. PMID 31712292.

Bohnhoff JC, Taormina JM, Ferrante L, Wolfson D, Ray KN. Unscheduled referrals and unattended appointments after pediatric subspecialty referral. Pediatrics. 2019 Dec;144(6). PMID 31704770. (*First author is mentee)

Uscher-Pines L, Ghosh-Dastidar B, Bogen DL, Ray KN, Demirci JR, Mehrotra A, Kapinos KA. Feasibility and effectiveness of telelactation among rural breastfeeding women. Academic Pediatrics. 2019 Oct 16 [Epub ahead of print].

Kapinos K, Kotzias V, Bogen DL, Ray KN, Demirci JR, Rigas MA, Uscher-Pines L. The use of and experiences among rural breastfeeding mothers: secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. JMIR. 2019 Sept 3;21(9):e13967. PMID 31482848.

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Grants

NICHD K23HD088642, Optimizing pediatric subspecialty care through telemedicine and e-consultations, (PI, .75% effort), 2017-2020, $156,047