Elizabeth C. Lorenz, M.D.

  • Consultant, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar

Research focus:

Health outcomes after transplant

Mentorship team:

What moment or experience in your life influenced your decision to be a clinician?

I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. From an early age, Mayo Clinic impacted my education. Beginning in high school, I attended classes at Mayo Clinic, volunteered at Saint Marys Hospital, and worked in a research lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. These experiences led me to pursue a career as a physician and combine my interests in research and patient care.

What motivated you to become a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar?

My research thus far has highlighted the problem of nonadherence and decreased quality of life after kidney transplant. I believe that a better understanding of patient-reported outcomes and health literacy after transplant is needed to improve adherence. I applied to be a Kern Scholar so that I could benefit from Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery mentorship and learn more about survey and qualitative research methodology.

Tell us about your mentoring team.

My mentoring team is composed of a multidisciplinary group, including clinicians and researchers from the departments of Nephrology and Hypertension, Transplant Cardiology and the Transplant Center, Health Sciences Research, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

What is your focus as a scholar within the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery?

My goals as a Kern Scholar include refining a validated measure of treatment burden developed by Dr. Eton for use in transplant recipients. In addition, I want to apply methodology previously used by Dr. Yost to assess and improve health literacy after transplant. Ultimately, I hope to use these tools to implement immunosuppressive regimens and health literacy interventions that improve adherence and patient-reported outcomes compared with the current standard of care.

How will your research improve patient care or impact public health?

My research will help us tailor drug regimens, provide better patient education, streamline patient workload and increase adherence after transplantation.

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic to pursue your career?

Mayo Clinic offers fantastic opportunities for education, collaboration, innovation and patient care.