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
  • Director, General Academic Pediatrics Research Fellowship

Kristin Ray is a general pediatrician, health services researcher, and clinical informatician. Dr. Ray's research program seeks to improve pediatric health care system effectiveness, efficiency, family-centeredness, and equity, with a focus on use of health information technology and telemedicine. Dr. Ray serves as the Program Director for the General Academic Pediatrics Research Fellowship as well as the Director of Health Systems Improvement for the hospital’s affiliated primary care network, UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics.

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.

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Research Grants

NIAID R01AI148159, Understanding use of direct to consumer telemedicine for pediatric acute respiratory infections, 2020-2024

HRSA T32HP22240, NRSA for Primary Medical Care, 2021-2026

NICHD R01HD107153, Telemedicine Integrated in Pediatric Primary Care & Child Outcomes (TIPPC), 2022-2027