Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Cavanaugh, Kerri L. , M.D., M.H.S.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Phone Number: 615-936-7306


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1215 21st Ave South, Suite 6000 MCE

1161 21st Ave South S-3223 MCN 37232

Clinical Research Description
Dr. Cavanaugh's current research focuses on exploring the role of patient awareness and education regarding chronic disease self-management. This includes elucidating the role of health literacy and numeracy in the communication between patients and providers as well as potential barriers to effective self-management in patients with diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease. She has been funded by the NIH and the National Kidney Foundation.

Cavanaugh, KL. Prioritizing patient-centered care implementation and research for patients with kidney disease. Semin Dial, 28(2), 131-40, 2015.

Dageforde, LA, Box, A, Feurer, ID, Cavanaugh, KL. Understanding Patient Barriers to Kidney Transplant Evaluation. Transplantation, , , 2015.

Green, JA, Cavanaugh, KL. Understanding the influence of educational attainment on kidney health and opportunities for improved care. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis, 22(1), 24-30, 2015.

Dageforde, LA, Petersen, AW, Feurer, ID, Cavanaugh, KL, Harms, KA, Ehrenfeld, JM, Moore, DE. Health literacy of living kidney donors and kidney transplant recipients. Transplantation, 98(1), 88-93, 2014.

Kurella Tamura, M, Li, S, Chen, SC, Cavanaugh, KL, Whaley-Connell, AT, McCullough, PA, Mehrotra, RL. Educational programs improve the preparation for dialysis and survival of patients with chronic kidney disease. Kidney Int, 85(3), 686-92, 2014.

Cavanaugh, KL, Ikizler, TA. Acknowledging kidney disease: is ignorance salubrious. Am J Kidney Dis, 61(4), 536-9, 2013.

Dageforde, LA, Cavanaugh, KL. Health literacy: emerging evidence and applications in kidney disease care. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis, 20(4), 311-9, 2013.

Maripuri, S, Ikizler, TA, Cavanaugh, KL. Prevalence of pre-end-stage renal disease care and associated outcomes among urban, micropolitan, and rural dialysis patients. Am J Nephrol, 37(3), 274-80, 2013.

Mulvaney, SA, Lilley, JS, Cavanaugh, KL, Pittel, EJ, Rothman, RL. Validation of the diabetes numeracy test with adolescents with type 1 diabetes. J Health Commun, 18(7), 795-804, 2013.

Green, JK, Rothman, RL, Cavanaugh, KL. Patient-provider communication in patients with diabetes and depressive symptoms. Diabetes Res Clin Pract, 95(1), e10-3, 2012. PMCID:3246039

Lipworth, L, Mumma, MT, Cavanaugh, KL, Edwards, TL, Ikizler, TA, Tarone, RE, McLaughlin, JK, Blot, WJ. Incidence and predictors of end stage renal disease among low-income blacks and whites. PLoS One, 7(10), e48407, 2012.

Maripuri, S, Arbogast, P, Ikizler, TA, Cavanaugh, KL. Rural and micropolitan residence and mortality in patients on dialysis. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 7(7), 1121-9, 2012.

Cavanaugh, KL. Health literacy in diabetes care: explanation, evidence and equipment. Diabetes Manag (Lond), 1(2), 191-199, 2011.

Maripuri, S, Penson, DF, Ikizler, TA, Cavanaugh, KL. Outpatient versus Inpatient Observation after Percutaneous Native Kidney Biopsy: A Cost Minimization Study. Am J Nephrol, 34(1), 64-70, 2011.

Nunes, JA, Wallston, KA, Eden, SK, Shintani, AK, Ikizler, TA, Cavanaugh, KL. Associations among perceived and objective disease knowledge and satisfaction with physician communication in patients with chronic kidney disease. Kidney Int, , , 2011.

Wright, JA, Wallston, KA, Elasy, TA, Ikizler, TA, Cavanaugh, KL. Development and results of a kidney disease knowledge survey given to patients with CKD. Am J Kidney Dis, 57(3), 387-95, 2011.

Cavanaugh, KL, Lanzkron, S. Time to recognize an overlooked trait. J Am Soc Nephrol, 21(3), 385-6, 2010. PMCID:2921029

Cavanaugh, KL, Wingard, RL, Hakim, RM, Eden, S, Shintani, A, Wallston, KA, Huizinga, MM, Elasy, TA, Rothman, RL, Ikizler, TA. Low health literacy associates with increased mortality in ESRD. J Am Soc Nephrol, 21(11), 1979-85, 2010.

Choma, DP, Cavanaugh, KL, Dwyer, JP. Is it always wrong to perform futile CPR. N Engl J Med, 362(21), 2036; author reply 2036-7, 2010. PMCID:2921029

Hung, AM, Crawford, DC, Griffin, MR, Brown-Gentry, K, Lipkowitz, MS, Siew, ED, Cavanaugh, K, Lewis, JB, Ikizler, TA, , . CRP polymorphisms and progression of chronic kidney disease in African Americans. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 5(1), 24-33, 2010. PMCID:2801650

Osborn, CY, Cavanaugh, K, Wallston, KA, Rothman, RL. Self-efficacy links health literacy and numeracy to glycemic control. J Health Commun, 15 Suppl 2, 146-58, 2010. PMCID:3082364

Smith, K, Coston, M, Glock, K, Elasy, TA, Wallston, KA, Ikizler, TA, Cavanaugh, KL. Patient perspectives on fluid management in chronic hemodialysis. J Ren Nutr, 20(5), 334-41, 2010. PMCID:2921029

White, RO, Wolff, K, Cavanaugh, KL, Rothman, R. Addressing Health Literacy and Numeracy to Improve Diabetes Education and Care. Diabetes Spectr, 23(4), 238-243, 2010. PMCID:3032499

Wright, JA, Cavanaugh, KL. Dietary sodium in chronic kidney disease: a comprehensive approach. Semin Dial, 23(4), 415-21, 2010. PMCID:2921029

Cavanaugh, K, Wallston, KA, Gebretsadik, T, Shintani, A, Huizinga, MM, Davis, D, Gregory, RP, Malone, R, Pignone, M, Dewalt, D, Elasy, TA, Rothman, RL. Addressing Literacy and Numeracy to Improve Diabetes Care: Two Randomized Controlled Trials. Diabetes Care, , , 2009.

Cavanaugh, KL, Wingard, RL, Hakim, RM, Elasy, TA, Ikizler, TA. Patient dialysis knowledge is associated with permanent arteriovenous access use in chronic hemodialysis. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 4(5), 950-6, 2009. PMCID:2676183

Giullian, JA, Cavanaugh, K, Schaefer, H. Lower risk of urinary tract infection with low-dose trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole compared to dapsone prophylaxis in older renal transplant patients on a rapid steroid-withdrawal immunosuppression regimen. Clin Transplant, 24(5), 636-42, 2009. PMCID:2801650

Huizinga, MM, Carlisle, AJ, Cavanaugh, KL, Davis, DL, Gregory, RP, Schlundt, DG, Rothman, RL. Literacy, numeracy, and portion-size estimation skills. Am J Prev Med, 36(4), 324-8, 2009. PMCID:2692952

Osborn, CY, Cavanaugh, K, Wallston, KA, White, RO, Rothman, RL. Diabetes numeracy: an overlooked factor in understanding racial disparities in glycemic control. Diabetes Care, 32(9), 1614-9, 2009. PMCID:2732142

Sundell, MB, Cavanaugh, KL, Wu, P, Shintani, A, Hakim, RM, Ikizler, TA. Oral protein supplementation alone improves anabolism in a dose-dependent manner in chronic hemodialysis patients. J Ren Nutr, 19(5), 412-21, 2009. PMCID:2758490

Wolff, K, Cavanaugh, K, Malone, R, Hawk, V, Gregory, BP, Davis, D, Wallston, K, Rothman, RL. The Diabetes Literacy and Numeracy Education Toolkit (DLNET): materials to facilitate diabetes education and management in patients with low literacy and numeracy skills. Diabetes Educ, 35(2), 233-6, 238-41, 244-5, 2009.

Cavanaugh, K, Huizinga, MM, Wallston, KA, Gebretsadik, T, Shintani, A, Davis, D, Gregory, RP, Fuchs, L, Malone, R, Cherrington, A, Pignone, M, DeWalt, DA, Elasy, TA, Rothman, RL. Association of numeracy and diabetes control. Ann Intern Med, 148(10), 737-46, 2008.

Cavanaugh, KL, Merkin, SS, Plantinga, LC, Fink, NE, Sadler, JH, Powe, NR. Accuracy of patients'' reports of comorbid disease and their association with mortality in ESRD. Am J Kidney Dis, 52(1), 118-27, 2008. PMCID:2587104

Huizinga, MM, Beech, BM, Cavanaugh, KL, Elasy, TA, Rothman, RL. Low numeracy skills are associated with higher BMI. Obesity (Silver Spring), 16(8), 1966-8, 2008. PMCID:2694664

Huizinga, MM, Elasy, TA, Wallston, KA, Cavanaugh, K, Davis, D, Gregory, RP, Fuchs, LS, Malone, R, Cherrington, A, Dewalt, DA, Buse, J, Pignone, M, Rothman, RL. Development and validation of the Diabetes Numeracy Test (DNT). BMC Health Serv Res, 8, 96, 2008. PMCID:2390531

Merkin, SS, Cavanaugh, K, Longenecker, JC, Fink, NE, Levey, AS, Powe, NR. Agreement of self-reported comorbid conditions with medical and physician reports varied by disease among end-stage renal disease patients. J Clin Epidemiol, 60(6), 634-42, 2007. PMCID:1991281

Postdoctoral Position Available

Postdoctoral Position Details
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN KIDNEY DISEASE BEHAVIORAL, COMMUNICATION & EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH. This is an NIH-funded available position for a recent Ph.D. in behavioral, communication, psychology or epidemiology research. This research group is a member of the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease and our major scientific goals are are to identify common and modifiable barriers to person-centered care, including communication between patients, their families and providers, drivers of optimal self-care, and system-level practices to promote the successful engagement of patients. In addition, we test various tools, training programs, and other strategies to enhance deliver of care in kidney disease to improve patient-centered outcomes. Finally, we develop novel survey instruments to rigorously measure psychological, behavioral and educational aspects of care. The candidate''s major commitment will be to research with either distinguished performance, or the promise of distinguished performance and independent extramural funded research. Experience in study design, the conduct of epidemiologic, clinical or translational studies, excellent communication skills, ability to work in a team, and strong quantitative skills including statistical programming are essential. If interested, please send a letter of introduction and interest, a curriculum vitae and names and telephone numbers of three references to: Kerri Cavanaugh, M.D., M.H.S, c/o Debbie Scott, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1161 21st Avenue South, MCN S-3223(E), Nashville, TN 37232-2372. Fax: 615-343-4704.

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