Kirstin Manges, PhD, RN

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Clinician Scholar Program, Perelman School of Medicine

Kirstin Manges, PhD, RN, is a National Clinician Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and her fellowship is funded by the NRSA Postdoctoral Training in Health Services Research Grant (T32-HS026116). Dr. Manges is an expert in patient safety, team-based care, and quality improvement. Her doctoral dissertation examined the impact of inpatient teams on high-risk patient’s post-hospital outcomes. Currently, she is working with Drs. Ryan Greysen and Robert Burke on several studies to examine how hospital organizational factors influence patient outcomes during times of transition, such as mortality, adverse events, and readmission. Her long-term career goal is to build a program of nursing healthcare systems research that improves patient safety and the quality of care delivery for older adult patients with complex needs.

In addition to her health services research, Dr. Manges has expertise in quality improvement and health policy. Dr. Manges is a National Veterans Affairs Quality Scholar Program Alumni (2014-2016) with experience leading large quality improvement initiatives both within the VA and at large academic medical centers. She is also an American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar (2017-2019) and works with the Building Health Care System Excellence Panel to address important nursing workforce issues such as the Quadruple Aim, Choosing Wisely, and workplace violence.

A northern Michigan native, Dr. Manges earned her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing and Biology from Luther College, and PhD in Nursing and Healthcare Systems from the University of Iowa. During her doctoral program, Dr. Manges worked as a bedside nurse in a variety of clinical settings (pediatric, adult, acute and critical care), and received a Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.