Kay Schwebke, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.
I am a physician, board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. My medical school training was at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. During medical school, I was privileged to serve a diverse group of people in need of medical care. It was the first time I witnessed the painful tragedy of poverty in America.
I returned to the University of Minnesota for my IM and ID training. During this time, I cared for my grandmother who could no longer live alone. As I cared for her, I learned about the complexity of aging, confusing medical bills, and the challenges of dealing with a fragmented healthcare system.
I finished a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) in 1995. Driven by my passion to share health stories and information, I completed a Masters in Health Journalism (December 2009) and now write as a freelance journalist.
I practice medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, a safety-net county hospital in downtown Minneapolis. I am the medical director of our HCMC coinfection clinic and provide care to people infected with HIV and hepatitis C. I am also the medical director of a long term care facility and the medical director of an electronic commercial quality measurement tool.