Kimberly Lynch, MD

Kimberly Lynch, MD

Internal Medicine
(VA Scholar)

MD  Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Residency – Internal Medicine, Motefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Biography: . Kimberly Lynch, an internal medicine physician, is interested in transforming primary care using value-based healthcare, care transition optimization, and healthcare delivery innovation to improve the lives of medically and socially complex patients. She aspires to a career in clinical leadership working to implement programs and improve quality of care for vulnerable populations.

As an NCSP/VA fellow, Dr. Lynch’s mentors included Drs. Debra Saliba (UCLA/VA), Lisa Altman (UCLA/VA), Sonya Gabrielian (UCLA/VA), Lillian Gelberg (UCLA/VA), David Ganz (UCLA/VA), Michael Hochman (The SCAN Group), and Shelly De Peralta (VA). Dr. Lynch led a grant to develop, implement, and evaluate a street medicine primary care and mental health team for Veterans experiencing homelessness in the tiny home encampment on the West Los Angeles VA grounds which was awarded by the VA/UCLA Center of Excellence on Veteran Resilience and Recovery. In this project she implemented and led weekly team huddles, provided on-site primary care (administering 46 COVID, 6 Hepatitis, and 8 TDAP vaccines, tripling Narcan prescriptions, and enrolling 9 Veterans in streamlined low-barrier Hepatitis C treatment in 3 months), and presented improvements to stakeholders and leadership monthly. Additionally, at the West Los Angeles VA, Dr. Lynch led a project to incorporate wireless remote patient monitoring – home telehealth nursing support with pharmacist counseling for veterans with frequent readmissions for heart failure exacerbation which resulted in over 40 medication changes in 38 enrolled Veterans that prevented more than 20 emergency department visits over 5 months. Her work was featured on the VA Connected Care Blog, the Vantage Point blog, and on Sirius XM Doctor Radio’s Veterans’ Day special. Dr. Lynch also implemented point of care Hemoglobin A1c testing by training more than 70 staff in 10 UCLA primary care clinics. Finally, Dr. Lynch assisted in writing the chapter on Aging for the National Veterans Health Equity Report (NVHER) 2021.

Dr. Lynch is completing her clinic requirements at the VA West Los Angeles PACT clinic and is a co-leader and curriculum developer for the National Clinician Scholars Program Healthcare Leadership Seminars. She also volunteered as a co-facilitator for the Healthy African American Families Community Leadership Conference in 2020 and was featured in a video promoting the COVID-19 vaccine for Veterans. In addition, she has served as an abstract reviewer for the Society of General Internal Medicine Northwest & California-Hawaii Regional Meeting, the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual National Meeting, and as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. In 2022-2023 Dr. Lynch completed a third year as an NCSP/VA fellow.