Kathleen M. McTigue, MD, MS, MPH

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Clinical/Translational Science
  • Vice Chair for Real-World Evidence, Department of Medicine

Kathleen M. McTigue, MD, MS, MPH 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: (a) the prevention of chronic disease, with focuses on obesity, health behaviors, and information technology; (b) identifying effective approaches to engaging community members as research partners in patient-centered health research; and (c) infrastructure to support the use of real-world evidence in pragmatic research. As contact PI for the PaTH Clinical Research Network, a partnering network in PCORnet, Dr. McTigue works to design and support resources for investigators interested in research that leverages health record data and/or is integrated with patient care.

Dr. McTigue enjoys bicycling, kayaking with her trusty corgi, and parenting a fabulous middle-schooler.

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

McTigue KM, Wellman R, Nauman E, Anau J, Coley RY, Odor A, Tice J, Coleman KJ, Corcoulas A, Pardee RE, Toh S, Janning CD, Williams N, Cook A, Sturtevant JL, Hogan C, Arterburn D, PCORnet Bariatric Study Collaborative. Comparing the five-year diabetes outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass: The PCORnet bariatric study. JAMA Surg, 2020 May 1;155(5):e200087.

This analysis focuses on the impact of two weight loss procedures on diabetes outcomes among patients obtaining care at PCORnet health systems across the US.

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 Dec 3;171(111):777-784.

This paper describes the impact of a lifestyle intervention to support weight maintenance, delivered via HER.

Forrest CB, McTigue KM, Hernandez AF, Cohen LW, Cruz H, Haynes K, Kaushal R, Kho AN, Marsolo KA, Nair VP, Platt R, Puro JE, Rothman RL, Shenkman EA, Waitman LR, Williams NA, Carton TW. PCORnet® 2020: Current state, accomplishments, and future directions. J Clin Epidemiol, 2021 Jan;129:60-67.

This article describes the PCORnet infrastructure to support pragmatic, patient-centered research, with a focus on resources to support stakeholder engagement.

Mitchell GR, Hartelius EJ, McCoy D, McTigue KM. Deliberative stakeholder engagement in person-centered health research. Social Epistemology,. 2021 May 23; 36:1, 21-42.

Click here for a more complete bibliography of Dr. McTigue’s works.

Research Interests

  • Obesity and health behaviors
  • Pragmatic research
  • Stakeholder engagement