Robert R. Kempainen, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
My scholarly interests are primarily in medical education and the care of individuals with cystic fibrosis. I helped create, and currently maintain, a syllabus for pulmonary and critical care fellows that is posted on the American Thoracic Society Fellows’ Website. Fellows in our program have co-edited each of the past 3 editions. Previous projects also include an evaluation of a curriculum intervention designed to improve the teaching and clinical skills of fellows and writing a practical overview of clinical reasoning targeted toward practicing physicians. I direct the Respiratory Pathophysiology course for 2nd year medical students, developed the Pulmonary Firm rotation for 3rd year internal medicine residents, and am a member of the American Thoracic Society Education Committee.
My current education-related research explores patient-provider communication and focuses in particular on the experiences of clinicians as recipients, rather than providers, of health care. I am also currently involved in a project designed to identify predictors of performance on a new in-service examination being administered to pulmonary and critical care fellows nationally.
My clinical interests are broad. My outpatient clinic includes both cystic fibrosis and general pulmonary patients, and I attend on the inpatient MICU, Pulmonary Consult, and Cystic Fibrosis/Lung Transplantation services.
Current clinical research interests include the role of gastroesophageal reflux disease in obstructive lung diseases, the impact of sinus surgery on respiratory function in patients with cystic fibrosis, and the use of high frequency chest wall oscillation devices for airway clearance in patients with cystic fibrosis.
Selected Recent Publications
(For a comprehensive listing of Dr. Kempainen's recent publications refer to PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine)Kempainen RR, Hazelwood A, Williams C, Dunitz J, Billings J, Milla C. Comparison of airway clearance efficacy of sine and triangular wavehigh frequency chest wall oscillation in patients with cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Pulmonol 2006; suppl 29; 406A.
Syllabus for Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows. American Thoracic Society Fellows web site
Kempainen RR, Lee CT 2002
Update Through 12/03 posted July, 2004: Kempainen RR, Gimino VH.
Update through 12/05 posted April, 2006: Qureshi, AS, Kempainen RR.
Update through 3/07 posted July, 2007: Rich TP, Kempainen RR.
Kempainen RR, Bartels DM, McCarthy-Veach P. Life on the receiving end: a qualitative analysis of healthcare providers illness narratives. Academic Med 2007; 82:207-13.
Kempainen RR, Savik K, Whelan TM, Dunitz JM, Herrington C, Billings JL. High prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux in advanced COPD. Chest 2007; 131:1666-1671 .
Kempainen RR, Williams CB, Hazelwood A, Rubin BK, Milla CE.
Comparison of high-frequency chest wall oscillation with differing waveforms for airway clearance in cystic fibrosis
Chest 2007; 132:1227-1232.
Kempainen RR. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. IN Migeon M, Paauw D, Berkholder L. (eds): Guide to Internal Medicine. Harcourt-Brace 2nd Edition 2002, 3rd Edition 2007.
Kempainen RR, Milla C, Dunitz J, Savik K, Hazelwood A, Williams C, Rubin BK, Billings JL. Comparison of settings used for high-frequency chest-wall compression in cystic fibrosis. Respir Care. 2010 Jun;55(6):695-701. PMID: 20507651
Sabati AA, Kempainen RR, Milla CE, Ireland M, Schwarzenberg SJ, Dunitz JM, Khan KM. Characteristics of gastroesophageal reflux in adults with cystic fibrosis. J Cyst Fibros. 2010 Sep;9(5):365-70. Epub 2010 Jul 31. PMID: 20674518