Kristin Highland, MD

Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Dominant Connective Tissue Disease
  • Polymyositis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Rheumatic Lung Disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis
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Biography

About Kristin Highland, MD

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 & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2013

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

Medical School - United States Air Force
Medicine
Altus, OK USA
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 - Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/1/2016, 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Highland receives 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.
  • Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Lung LLC
  • 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.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

154 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2017

My husband and I are very grateful to have Cleveland Clinic doctors getting my medical track back on life! They found the treatment that is working

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2017

Dr. Highland is a wonderful doctor who is very pleasant, caring and takes the time to listen.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2017

Dr. Highland was excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2016

Just consulting with her I have a good feeling about my health issues improving

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2016

Always very through when explaining my care.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2016

I strongly feel that Dr. Highland and the Cleveland Clinic Staff saved my life. Although I live in the New York City metropolitan area, none of the doctors in the top hospitals knew anything about cardiac sarcoidosis. I found Cleveland Clinic through the internet and then my cardiologist agreed that it would be a good choice. Since then I've been extremely happy with the level of care, professionalism and kindness by everyone of the Cleveland Clinic staff.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2016

Dr. Highland.and her team.are fantastic

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2016

I think DR.Highland is an excellent pulmonary md.We have come a long way since I started here,and she has always been supportive.I still have about 35 more lbs to get to desired bmi for transplant,sure we'll get there.I appreciate she puts in orders,so when I make my next appt. in april they can see what's needed and we'll go from there.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2016

Doctor gave me all information needed for my care and followup.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2016

always good,they take good care of me.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2016

My doctor has ALWAYS been extremely helpful and informative when it comes to my medication,treatment and all other aspects of my health.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2016

Excellent care.

Reviewed on May 20, 2016

Dr. Highland is the best! She always takes the time to answer my questions and explain my treatment plan.

Reviewed on May 20, 2016

Dr. Highland spent a considerable amount of time with me on each of my visits, making sure all of my questions were answered. Providing direction and guidance, making sure I understood everything during our visit. The best I have ever experienced.

Reviewed on May 20, 2016

Dr. Kristen Highland : there are not enough words to explain how much I think of her. She has been my guiding light and hope.

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