Kristen Matteson, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Kristen Matteson performs clinical research in obstetrics and gynecology. Currently focused on the common problem of abnormal menstruation, Dr. Matteson is looking to evaluate its medical treatment and its impact on the lives of women. Other areas of research include women's utilization of emergency services and assessment of treatment protocols in obstetrics and gynecology (such as Group B Streptococcus prophylaxis and the use of misoprostol for nonviable first trimester pregnancies).
Research DescriptionKristen Matteson's main research focus is heavy uterine bleeding. Although the technical medical definitions of heavy bleeding, "menorrhagia" and "menometorrhagia" are often used for research in this area, the majority of women complaining of heavy or irregular bleeding do not meet the clinical criteria for menorrhagia and menometorrhagia. Given this discordance between patient experience and clinical measures, standardized outcome measures for patient experience with heavy uterine bleeding are needed. Dr. Matteson is currently working to develop such measures. Subsequently, she will design clinical research comparing these outcomes, in addition to clinical measures, for medical treatments of these diverse disorders.
Dr. Matteson is also researching the utilization of a women's emergency facility for medical attention for non-emergent medical problems. Given the increasing volume of patients being seen in emergency rooms, this study will help to identify factors that lead women to seek non-urgent care in an urgent care setting. This pilot study also aims to lay the foundation of future studies investigating the use of emergency facilities for gynecologic and obstetric problems and defining levels of urgency for such facilities.
As a mentor and preceptor of resident research, Kristen Matteson is involved with projects assessing guidelines and protocols for treatment in obstetrics and gynecology. She is the co-investigator and mentor for a resident research project that is evaluating whether or not obstetric providers are following the Centers for Disease Control recommendation for Group B Streptococcal prophylaxis in penicillin allergic patients. Additionally, she is working with another resident on assessing the implementation of a protocol for the utilization of misoprostol for nonviable intrauterine first trimester pregnancies.
Grants and AwardsExcellence in Teaching Award, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2000-2003
Berlex Resident Teaching Award, Baystate Medical Center, 2002
Resident Research Award, Baystate Medical Center, 2003
Administrative Chief Resident, Baystate Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2003-2004
Resident Teacher of Year, Baystate Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2004
"Fetus as a Patient Award", Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine Baystate Medical Center, 2004
Blue Ribbon Prize for abstract "Unintended pregnancy: Does Past Experience Influence Contraceptive Choice and Sexual Behavior?" Presented at the ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting, 2005
"Special Recognition for Teaching" Award from the Obstetrics and Gynecology residents at Brown University/Women and Infants Hospital, 2005
Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for teaching in the Bio 490 Clerkship in Ob-Gyn and Bio 351 HRGD/Pathophysiology small group, 2006
"Fellow in Excellence" Award from the Chief Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University/Women and Infants Hospital, 2006
AffiliationsAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Junior Fellow
Rhode Island Public Health Association
Funded ResearchInstitutional Career Development Programs:
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), T32 HD 040673-03, Women and Infants Hospital (WIH)/Brown Epidemiology/Clinical Trial Training Program. July 2004-December 2005
NICHD, K12 Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program. January 2006-present