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Kathy Coffman, MD


Kathy Coffman, MD

Appointed: 2007

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Kathy Coffman, MD
Department: Psychiatry and Psychology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code P57
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Kathy Coffman, MD
Department: Transplantation Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code P57
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Kathy Coffman, MD, has worked with transplant patients for 22 years. She has been interested in issues of alcoholism and drug addiction, especially in the transplant patient population. She is also interested in gender differences in postoperative pain.

Dr. Coffman served as a Consultant to a respiratory hospital for six years, and has published in the area of psychological issues in lung disease. She has extensive experience with AIDS patients, and has worked with many patients with depression, panic disorder and social phobia.

Dr. Coffman has an interest in psychological issues in celiac disease. She also has an interest in cultural issues in consultation-liaison psychiatry, and how these affect treatment outcomes. She has surveyed patients and family members on attitudes regarding xenografting in transplantation.

Professional Highlights

  • Spoke at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., on outcomes with alcoholic liver transplant patients
  • Participant on the Step Two Committee for the United States Medical Licensing Exam for the National Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Section Editor for the psychiatric, financial and ethical issues section of Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Michigan Health System
Consultation Liaison, Psychiatry
Ann Arbor, MI USA
Residency - University of Chicago Hospitals
Chicago, IL USA
Internship - Michael Reese Hospital & Medical Center
Internal medicine
Chicago, IL USA
Medical School - Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI USA
Graduate - Wayne State University
Post-Bachelor Program
Detroit, MI USA
Undergraduate - Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI USA


  • Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry- Addiction Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry- Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry- Psychosomatic Medicine

Specialty Interests

Transplant psychiatry, ethics, substance abuse.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Best Doctors in Los Angeles

Additional Training

  • Board-certified in psychiatry
  • Board-certified in geriatric psychiatry
  • Board-certified in addiction psychiatry
  • Board-certified in psychosomatic medicine


  • Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English