Location

Rochester, Minnesota

Contact

Kennedy.Cassie@mayo.edu Clinical Profile

SUMMARY

Cassie C. Kennedy, M.D., investigates ways to optimize solid organ transplant recipients' survival and quality of life via pretransplant interventions for patients and their caregivers. Dr. Kennedy studies new and established risk factors important to patients undergoing lung transplants. This includes research on frailty, obesity, psychosocial and emotional patient factors.

Dr. Kennedy's goals are to identify effective interventions to address or eliminate pretransplant risk factors, thereby improving transplant outcomes and candidate selection. Current approaches include use of health coaches for transplant candidates and their caregivers and tele-rehab for transplant candidates.

Focus areas

  • Self-management. Dr. Kennedy is studying health coaching interventions to improve self-management and quality of life in transplant candidates awaiting lung or heart-lung transplantation.
  • Transplant caregiver well-being. Dr. Kennedy is studying health coaching interventions to improve well-being and stress of thoracic transplant candidates' caregivers.
  • Frailty. Dr. Kennedy is identifying objective measures of frailty in patients. Specifically, she is studying the impact of frailty on transplant outcomes and exploring interventions targeted at improving frailty parameters.
  • Obesity and body composition. Dr. Kennedy is working to improve knowledge regarding the impact of obesity and body composition — such as low muscle mass or high abdominal fat — on transplant outcomes.
  • Psychological risks. Dr. Kennedy is studying how psychological measures, comorbidities or prior traumatic events affect transplant outcomes.
  • Patients' emotional traits. Dr. Kennedy is learning how certain traits — such as attitude or coping — affect the pretransplant experience and how to best help patients during the pretransplant time.
  • Vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA) transplant. Dr. Kennedy is collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to determine the factors potential candidates and their caregivers use to choose VCA transplant over other surgical and medical therapies.

Significance to patient care

Currently, lung transplant outcomes are suboptimal internationally, with a median survival of approximately 5.7 years after transplant. In addition, there is a national shortage of organ donors, with approximately 1,700 patients awaiting transplantation at any given time.

Dr. Kennedy's work to further define risk factors for poor outcomes assists in improving patient care by providing clinicians with objective measures for use in transplant candidate selection. These objective measures include providing essential prognostic information for patients and clinicians and identifying intervention targets to improve patients' chances of transplant listing and achieving optimal transplant outcomes.

Professional highlights

  • American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)
    • Board of regents, 2022-present
    • Chair, Council of Networks, 2022-present
    • Distinguished Educator, 2021, 2020
    • Early Career Clinician Educator, 2019
    • Chair, Transplant Network Steering Committee, 2012-2016
    • Fellow designee, 2011
  • Continuing medical education editorial board, CHEST journal, 2022-present
  • Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, 2022-present
  • Chair, Lung Transplant Convergence Workgroup, Transplant Specialty Council Practice Committee, Mayo Clinic, 2021-present
  • Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program, Mayo Clinic
    • Clinical program director, 2021-present
    • Health Care Delivery Scholar, 2015-2017
  • Medical director of lung transplantation, William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration, Mayo Clinic, 2021-present
  • Editorial board, Innovation, Quality and Outcomes, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic, 2018-present
  • Academy of Educational Excellence, Mayo Clinic
    • Legacy member, Teaching Track of Excellence, 2021
    • Associate member, Education Administration and Leadership Track of Excellence, 2019
  • Fellow designee, American Society of Transplantation, 2019
  • Transplant Scholarly Physician Award, Transplant Center, Mayo Clinic, 2012-2013

PROFESSIONAL DETAILS

Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Health Care Delivery Research, Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Medicine

EDUCATION

  1. BASIC SCIENCE MASTERS Clinical and Translational Science, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. Masters Candidate Clinical and Translational Science, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Certificate - Health and Wellness Coaching Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Course
  4. Other - Kern Scholar Faculty Program Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
  5. Certificate Mayo Clinic Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science
  6. Diploma - Education for Ministry; The Beecken Center of The School of Theology The University of The South
  7. Fellow - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Clinician-Investigator Training Program, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  8. Resident Clinician Investigator, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  9. Chief Medical Resident Internal Medicine Residency Program, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  10. Resident Chief Medical Resident, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  11. Resident Internal Medicine Residency Program, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  12. Resident Internal Medicine, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  13. MD University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities
  14. MD University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth
  15. BA - Majors in Anthropology, English, and Biology Hamline University
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