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Kimberly Rak, Ph.D., MPH, M.A.

Medical Ethnographer

CRISMA, Health Policy and Management Program

Kimberly Rak completed her doctorate in Medical Anthropology and MPH in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She also completed a PhD certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Prior research included health care delivery in Mongolia, Cuba and the US.

Dr. Rak is the medical ethnographer leading the qualitative research team. The team’s current projects study the impact of quality improvement on the process of care delivery and outcomes with an interest in Implementation Science. The projects’ collective aim is quality improvement and the integration of Translational Science and evidence-based practice at the bedside.

She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and child. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.


Education Degree Year Field
University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. 2013 Anthropology, Medical Anthropology
University of Pittsburgh MPH 2013 Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health
University of Colorado, Denver, CO M.A. 2003 Anthopology, Medical Anthropology
Syracuse University B.S. 1994 Engingeering