Kristen L. Thornton, M.D.

Kristen L. Thornton, M.D.

Contact Information

Highland Family Medicine
777 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-1448

Appointment: (585) 275-URMC (8762)

  • Accepting New Patients Accepting New Patients
  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital
  • Primary Care Physician Primary Care Physician

Patient Care Bio

Kristen grew up in New Hampshire and loves all things New England. After graduating from Providence College, she completed a year of service with the Redeemer Ministry Corps in their Hospice and elder outreach programs, followed by a year as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in Rhode Island. She attended medical school at Dartmouth, completed her internship at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and went on to finish her family medicine residency at the University of Rochester where she served as chief resident. She completed a two year fellowship in geriatric medicine. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine through ABFM, and holds a CAQ in both geriatrics and hospice and palliative medicine. She is also working towards earning a M.S.

in Teaching and Curriculum with a focus on health professions education through the Warner School of Education. She enjoys spending time with her husband, baby boy, and three cats. She is a history buff who loves to travel, garden, and cook. She splits her time between serving as faculty for the Department of Family Medicine and the Division of Geriatrics/Aging.

Awards & Honors (National)

Best Case Study Poster | American Geriatrics Society Annual Conference 2011

Awards & Honors (Local)

Jacob Holler Annual Resident Award 2009
The Good Physician Award | Dartmouth Medical School 2005
Albert Schweitzer Fellow 2002
Rural Health Scholar | Dartmouth Medical School 2002 - 2005

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Family Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Medicine, Geriatrics/Aging (SMD)


Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine
Geriatric Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


MD | Medicine | Dartmouth Medical School2005
BS | Biology | Providence College1999

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Geriatrics at Monroe Community Hospital07/01/2009 - 10/31/2011
Residency in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital07/15/2006 - 06/30/2009
Internship in Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic (Rochester)07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006