Kathleen M. McTigue, MD, MPH, MS

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, Clinical/Translational Science
  • Director, Clinical Scientist Track, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Associate Director for Research, International Scholars Track, Internal Medicine Residency

Kathleen M. McTigue, MD, MPH, MS, joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 2002. She is trained in internal medicine, preventive medicine, and public health and has joint appointments in Medicine, Epidemiology, and Clinical/Translational Science. Her research interests are in the prevention of chronic disease, with focuses on obesity, women's health, and information technology. Dr. McTigue has considered both evidence-based clinical medicine and public health approaches to escalating U.S. weight trends. She led the development, implementation and evaluation of the first online adaptation of the Diabetes Prevention Program’s lifestyle intervention. This work uses technology to bring evidence-based self-management support to primary care patients. Dr. McTigue's work on improving the quality of patient care extends to a focus on the development of infrastructure for supporting pragmatic, patient-centered clinical research, via the PaTH Clinical Data Research Network, a member of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet).

Dr. McTigue has recently joined the Twitter world: follow her at @MctigueKathleen

Education & Training

  • BS, University of Notre Dame, 1989
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992
  • MD, MPH, University of Connecticut, 1996
  • Residency (Internal Medicine), University of Colorado, Denver, 1999
  • Residency (Preventive Medicine), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002

Representative Publications

Conroy MB, McTigue KM, Bryce CL, Tudorascu D, Barone Gibbs B, Arnold J, Comer D, Hess R, Huber K, Simkin-Silverman LR, Fischer GS. Effect of electronic health record-based coaching on weight maintenance: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2019.

This randomized control trail found that among adults with intentional weight loss of at least 5%, use of electronic health record tools plus coaching resulted in less weight regain than electronic health record tools alone.

Bramante CT, McTigue KM, Lehmann HP, Clark JM, Rothenberger S, Kraschnewski J, Lent MR, Herring SJ, Conroy MB, McCullough J, Bennett WL. Understanding primary care patients' self-weighing habits: cohort analysis from the PaTH Clinical Data Research Network. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2019;34(9):1775-1781.

Analysis of data from PaTH Clinical Data Research Network indicated that only 35% of primary care patients with overweight or obesity engage in self-weighing weekly and less than a quarter (23%) self-weigh daily, despite its potential for primary and secondary obesity prevention.

McTigue KM, Stepp SD, Moore CG, Cohen ED, Hipwell AE, Loeber R, Kuller LH. The development of youth-onset severe obesity in urban US girls. Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology. 2015;2(4):150-156.

Examining ten years of prospectively collected data from a population sample of urban girls, this study determined obesity prevalence and incidence by age—evaluating the association between age and severe obesity prevalence and comparing body mass index development through the adolescence transition between girls with severe obesity versus health body mass index.

McTigue KM, Cohen ED, Moore CG, Hipwell AE, Loeber R, Kuller LH. Urban neighborhood features and longitudinal weight development in girls. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015;49(6):902-911.

This study examined associations between neighborhood features and body mass index development over 6 years in an urban sample of 2,295 girls, showing that African American girls with helpful neighbors had lower annual body mass index growth than others; for white girls, body mass index increased more for girls with helpful neighbors; and living in a U.S. Census tract with low levels of educational achievement was linked with higher body mass index growth.

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Research Interests

  • Preventative care
  • Chronic disease
  • Obesity
  • Electronic medical record data