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Kristen L. Thornton, M.D.

Family Medicine, Geriatrics & Aging

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Biography

Kristen Thornton, MD Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Medicine Kristen grew up in New Hampshire and loves all things New England. After graduating from Providence College with a major in biology and minor in public and community service studies, she completed a year of service with the Redeemer Ministry Corps in their hospice and elder outreach programs. This was 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. She also served a year as chief resident, receiving the Jacob Holler M.D. Annual Resident Award for inspired teaching and dedication to resident education. Kristen completed a two year fellowship in geriatric medicine and is board certified in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also a board certified wound care physician (CWSP). She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. She is very active in the American Geriatrics Society in the Clinical Practice and Medical Guidelines Committee, as well as in the Teachers Section. She is co-director of the Aging Theme at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and advisor for the Area of Concentration in Geriatric Medicine for the family medicine residency. In 2015, she received the Resident Teaching Award from the Department of Family Medicine and the Educator of the Year Award from the Division of Geriatrics & Aging. Her research interest focuses on quality of life issues in the nursing home. She is currently 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, young son, and three cats. She is a history buff and prolific gardener who loves to travel, cook, and craft. She splits her time between serving as faculty for the Department of Family Medicine where she cares for patients of all ages, and the Division of Geriatrics/Aging where she provides patient care and medical student, resident, and fellow education in the long-term care setting.

Research

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 and holds a CAQ in geriatrics. 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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine

Education

1999
BS | Providence College
Biology

2005
MD | Dartmouth Medical School
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006
Internship in Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic (Rochester)

07/15/2006 - 06/30/2009
Residency in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital

07/01/2009 - 10/31/2011
Fellowship in Family Medicine: Geriatric Medicine at Monroe Community Hospital

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Awards

2015
First Place Creative Writing Poetry Category
Sponsor: Northeast Family Medicine Education Consortium Annual
Location: Danvers, MA

2015
Strong Star
Sponsor: Nominated by a Patient
Location: Rochester, NY

2015
Presidential Poster Award for Quality of Life Category
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific
Location: Long Beach, CA

2015
Fellow
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society

2015
Resident Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Family Medicine
Location: Residency, Rochester, NY

2015
Educator of the Year
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Location: Division of Geriatrics & Aging, Rochester, NY

2014
McDaniel-Farley Psychosocial Medicine Faculty Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Location: Rochester, NY

2013
Presidential Poster Award for Case Studies From Clinical Practice
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting
Location: Grapevine, TX

2013
Fellow
Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians

2012
Hartford Scholar in the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training Program at the University of Rochester

2012
Presidential Poster Award for Case Studies from Clinical Practice
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting
Location: Seattle, WA

2011
Best Case Study Poster
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society Annual Conference

2009
Jacob Holler Annual Resident Award

2005
The Good Physician Award
Sponsor: Dartmouth Medical School

2002 - 2005
Rural Health Scholar
Sponsor: Dartmouth Medical School

2002
Albert Schweitzer Fellow

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Publications

Journal Articles

2015
Thornton, K. "Wound Care 101: A Guide for the Family Physician". Family Doctor: A Journal of the New York Sate Academy of Family Physicians. 2015; 4(2): 32-35.

2012
Pierce D, Calkins B, Thornton K. "Endocarditis: From Diagnosis to Treatment". American Family Physician. 2012; 85(10): 981-986.

2012
Thornton, K. "Can Background Checks of Long Term Care Residents Improve Safety?". Letter to the Editor. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2012; 13 (2): E11.

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