Kristin Highland , MD

216.444.6503

Kristin  Highland , MD

Appointed: 2013

Kristin Highland , MD
Department: Pulmonary Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6503
WorkFax:216.445.6024
Kristin Highland , MD
Department: Critical Care Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6503
WorkFax:216.445.6024
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Highland is fellowship trained in both pulmonary/critical care and rheumatology and has a dual appointment in the Respiratory Institute and the Orthopedics and Rheumatology Institute. Prior to coming to the Cleveland Clinic, she was an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina where she was director of the pulmonary hypertension program, interim director of the sarcoidosis center, and ran a very busy rheumatic lung disease clinic. Her clinical practice continues to be composed of complex patients with interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis and the pulmonary complications of the rheumatic diseases (scleroderma, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis). Her combined training has given her a unique perspective and expertise in caring for the patient with rheumatic lung disease and sarcoidosis.

Dr. Highland also has a Masters of Science in Clinical Research. Her research interests have been concentrated in interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension with an emphasis on scleroderma

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Rheumatology
Charleston, SC USA
2006
Fellowship - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Pulmonary Disease
Charleston, SC USA
2002
Other - United States Air Force
Medicine
Altus, OK
1999
Residency - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Internal Medicine
Charleston, SC USA
1996
Residency - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Family Medicine
Charleston, SC USA
1994
Medical School - Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN USA
1993
Undergraduate - Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN USA
1989

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine- Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine- Rheumatology

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/10/2014, Dr. Highland has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Highland received fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.
  • Genentech, Inc

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

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