Kerri L. Cavanaugh, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Medicine
M.H.S., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MarylandM.D., Yale University, New Haven, ConnecticutA.B., Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Office Address
1161 21st Ave South
S-3223 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232
Clinical Research Keywords
diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease
Dageforde LA, Box A, Feurer ID, Cavanaugh KL. Understanding Patient Barriers to Kidney Transplant Evaluation. Transplantation. 2015 Jul; 99(7): 1463-9. PMID: 25606794, PMCID: PMC4495014, DOI: 10.1097/TP.0000000000000543, ISSN: 1534-6080.

Cavanaugh KL. Prioritizing patient-centered care implementation and research for patients with kidney disease. Semin Dial [print-electronic]. 2015 Mar; 28(2): 131-40. PMID: 25470535, DOI: 10.1111/sdi.12326, ISSN: 1525-139X.

Green JA, Cavanaugh KL. Understanding the influence of educational attainment on kidney health and opportunities for improved care. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2015 Jan; 22(1): 24-30. PMID: 25573509, PII: S1548-5595(14)00110-4, DOI: 10.1053/j.ackd.2014.07.004, ISSN: 1548-5609.

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. 2014 Jul 7/15/2014; 98(1): 88-93. PMID: 24573114, PMCID: PMC4422102, DOI: 10.1097/TP.0000000000000027, ISSN: 1534-6080.

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 [print-electronic]. 2014 Mar; 85(3): 686-92. PMID: 24067435, PII: ki2013369, DOI: 10.1038/ki.2013.369, ISSN: 1523-1755.

Dageforde LA, Cavanaugh KL. Health literacy: emerging evidence and applications in kidney disease care. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2013 Jul; 20(4): 311-9. PMID: 23809283, PMCID: PMC3767572, PII: S1548-5595(13)00063-3, DOI: 10.1053/j.ackd.2013.04.005, ISSN: 1548-5609.

Cavanaugh KL, Ikizler TA. Acknowledging kidney disease: is ignorance salubrious? [editorial]. Am. J. Kidney Dis [print-electronic]. 2013 Apr; 61(4): 536-9. PMID: 23312722, PII: S0272-6386(12)01514-4, DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2012.12.005, ISSN: 1523-6838.

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 [print-electronic]. 2013; 18(7): 795-804. PMID: 23577642, PMCID: PMC3817720, DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2012.757394, ISSN: 1087-0415.

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 [print-electronic]. 2013; 37(3): 274-80. PMID: 23548738, PMCID: PMC3787839, PII: 000348377, DOI: 10.1159/000348377, ISSN: 1421-9670.

Maripuri S, Arbogast P, Ikizler TA, Cavanaugh KL. Rural and micropolitan residence and mortality in patients on dialysis. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2012 Jul; 7(7): 1121-9. PMID: 22516293, PMCID: PMC3386672, PII: CJN.10831011, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.10831011, ISSN: 1555-905X.

Green JK, Rothman RL, Cavanaugh KL. Patient-provider communication in patients with diabetes and depressive symptoms. Diabetes Res. Clin. Pract [print-electronic]. 2012 Jan; 95(1): e10-3. PMID: 21995868, PMCID: PMC3246039, PII: S0168-8227(11)00526-2, DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2011.09.024, ISSN: 1872-8227.

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 [print-electronic]. 2012; 7(10): e48407. PMID: 23110237, PMCID: PMC3480508, PII: PONE-D-12-23038, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048407, ISSN: 1932-6203.

Wright 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 [print-electronic]. 2011 Dec; 80(12): 1344-51. PMID: 21832984, PMCID: PMC3712792, PII: ki2011240, DOI: 10.1038/ki.2011.240, ISSN: 1523-1755.

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 [print-electronic]. 2011 Mar; 57(3): 387-95. PMID: 21168943, PMCID: PMC3053083, PII: S0272-6386(10)01440-X, DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2010.09.018, ISSN: 1523-6838.

Cavanaugh KL. Health literacy in diabetes care: explanation, evidence and equipment. Diabetes Manag (Lond). 2011 Mar; 1(2): 191-9. PMID: 21860659, PMCID: PMC3158575, DOI: 10.2217/dmt.11.5, ISSN: 1758-1907.

Maripuri S, Penson DF, Ikizler TA, Cavanaugh KL. Outpatient versus inpatient observation after percutaneous native kidney biopsy: a cost minimization study. Am. J. Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2011; 34(1): 64-70. PMID: 21677428, PMCID: PMC3123742, PII: 000328901, DOI: 10.1159/000328901, ISSN: 1421-9670.

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 [print-electronic]. 2010 Nov; 21(11): 1979-85. PMID: 20671215, PMCID: PMC3014012, PII: ASN.2009111163, DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2009111163, ISSN: 1533-3450.

White RO, Wolff K, Cavanaugh KL, Rothman R. Addressing Health Literacy and Numeracy to Improve Diabetes Education and Care. Diabetes Spectr. 2010 Oct 10/2/2010; 23(4): 238-43. PMID: 21297890, PMCID: PMC3032499, DOI: 10.2337/diaspect.23.4.238, ISSN: 1040-9165.

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 [print-electronic]. 2010 Sep; 20(5): 334-41. PMID: 19913443, PMCID: PMC2888683, PII: S1051-2276(09)00241-6, DOI: 10.1053/j.jrn.2009.09.001, ISSN: 1532-8503.

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. 2010 Sep; 24(5): 636-42. PMID: 19925478, PMCID: PMC4489856, PII: CTR1129, DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-0012.2009.01129.x, ISSN: 1399-0012.

Wright JA, Cavanaugh KL. Dietary sodium in chronic kidney disease: a comprehensive approach. Semin Dial [print-electronic]. 2010 Jul; 23(4): 415-21. PMID: 20557489, PMCID: PMC2921029, PII: SDI752, DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-139X.2010.00752.x, ISSN: 1525-139X.

Choma DP, Cavanaugh KL, Dwyer JP. Is it always wrong to perform futile CPR? [letter]. N. Engl. J. Med. 2010 May 5/27/2010; 362(21): 2036; author reply 2036-7. PMID: 20518111, ISSN: 1533-4406.

Cavanaugh KL, Lanzkron S. Time to recognize an overlooked trait [editorial]. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2010 Mar; 21(3): 385-6. PMID: 20133485, PMCID: PMC4473247, PII: ASN.2010010070, DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2010010070, ISSN: 1533-3450.

Osborn CY, Cavanaugh K, Wallston KA, Rothman RL. Self-efficacy links health literacy and numeracy to glycemic control. J Health Commun. 2010; 15 Suppl 2: 146-58. PMID: 20845200, PMCID: PMC3082364, PII: 926961293, DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2010.499980, ISSN: 1087-0415.

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 [print-electronic]. 2010 Jan; 5(1): 24-33. PMID: 19965533, PMCID: PMC2801650, PII: CJN.01900309, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.01900309, ISSN: 1555-905X.

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 [print-electronic]. 2009 Dec; 32(12): 2149-55. PMID: 19741187, PMCID: PMC2782967, PII: dc09-0563, DOI: 10.2337/dc09-0563, ISSN: 1935-5548.

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 [print-electronic]. 2009 Sep; 19(5): 412-21. PMID: 19500999, PMCID: PMC2758490, PII: S1051-2276(09)00041-7, DOI: 10.1053/j.jrn.2009.01.019, ISSN: 1532-8503.

Osborn CY, Cavanaugh K, Wallston KA, White RO, Rothman RL. Diabetes numeracy: an overlooked factor in understanding racial disparities in glycemic control. Diabetes Care [print-electronic]. 2009 Sep; 32(9): 1614-9. PMID: 19401443, PMCID: PMC2732142, PII: dc09-0425, DOI: 10.2337/dc09-0425, ISSN: 1935-5548.

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 [print-electronic]. 2009 May; 4(5): 950-6. PMID: 19389825, PMCID: PMC2676183, PII: CJN.04580908, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.04580908, ISSN: 1555-905X.

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. 2009 Apr; 36(4): 324-8. PMID: 19285197, PMCID: PMC2692952, PII: S0749-3797(08)01012-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2008.11.012, ISSN: 1873-2607.

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 [print-electronic]. 2009 Mar; 35(2): 233-6, 238. PMID: 19240246, PMCID: PMC4547782, PII: 0145721709331945, DOI: 10.1177/0145721709331945, ISSN: 0145-7217.

Huizinga MM, Beech BM, Cavanaugh KL, Elasy TA, Rothman RL. Low numeracy skills are associated with higher BMI. Obesity (Silver Spring) [print-electronic]. 2008 Aug; 16(8): 1966-8. PMID: 18535541, PMCID: PMC2694664, PII: oby2008294, DOI: 10.1038/oby.2008.294, ISSN: 1930-7381.

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 [print-electronic]. 2008 Jul; 52(1): 118-27. PMID: 18589216, PMCID: PMC2587104, PII: S0272-6386(08)00162-5, DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2008.02.001, ISSN: 1523-6838.

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. 2008 May 5/20/2008; 148(10): 737-46. PMID: 18490687, PII: 148/10/737, ISSN: 1539-3704.

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. 2008; 8: 96. PMID: 18452617, PMCID: PMC2390531, PII: 1472-6963-8-96, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-8-96, ISSN: 1472-6963.

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 [print-electronic]. 2007 Jun; 60(6): 634-42. PMID: 17493523, PMCID: PMC1991281, PII: S0895-4356(06)00356-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2006.09.003, ISSN: 0895-4356.

Available Postdoctoral Position Details
Posted: 3/24/2015
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.