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An internationally respected expert in physical and psychological symptoms, Dr. Kurt Kroenke’s principal research interests include pain, depression, anxiety and other symptoms without discernible cause.

Recently his research has focused on chronic pain, one of the most common problems seen in primary care. His work in this area examines the impact of treating depression on pain, assesses stepped care to optimize pain care effectiveness, tests novel methods to reduce race and socio-economic disparities in pain care and evaluates telecare management of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Areas of Focus:

  • Symptom Management Research
  • Health Communications.

Dr. Kroenke's research interests include:

  • Improve the management of cancer patients with symptoms, both physical (e.g. pain) and psychological (e.g. depression and anxiety).

Expertise: chronic pain, patient-reported outcome measure, symptom evaluation/management, mental health in primary care

Active Projects:

  • Motivational Addressing Anxiety among Low-Risk Chest Pain Patients in the Emergency Department Setting
  • Patient-centered team-based primary care to treat opioid use disorder, depression, and other conditions Indiana Palliative Excellence in Alzheimer Care Efforts
  • Enhanced, EHR-facilitated Cancer Symptom Control (E2C2) Pragmatic Clinical Trial The Indiana EMergency Care REsearch (Indiana EMCARE) training program at Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Training in Behavioral Oncology.
Internal Medicine, Oncology
MD, Washington University in St. Louis, General Internal Medicine, 1977
BS, Valparaiso University, Chemistry, 1973
medical education health and medicine clinical research or studies depression pain psychosomatic disorders disease symptoms health care outcomes research (medical) epidemiology internal medicine

President-Elect and President, Association of Clinical Research Training, 2006-2008

Master, American College of Physicians, 2002

President, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2001-2002

Distinguished Alumnus, Valparaiso University, 2001

Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
American College of Physicians
American Psychosomatic Society
International Association for the Study of Pain
Society of General Internal Medicine