Kristen Gill Hairston, MD, MPH, FAHA
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Kristen Hairston, MD, MPH

Kristen Gill Hairston, MD, MPH


Dr. Hairston, a native of Maryland, is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Wake Forest University School of MedicineIn addition to her clinical work, he is an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Research Center for Health Equity and the program director for the Adult Endocrine fellowship program. She received her bachelor's of arts degree in psychology from Wake Forest University, her Doctorate of Medicine and her Master's in Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her internship/ residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Adult Endocrinology at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.


Her clinical interests are in diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, calcium regulation, obesity, hormone imbalances and polycystic ovarian syndrome. In her clinical position, she teaches medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows.  Her previous research includes assessments of obesity risk factors for in children and the effectiveness of certain diabetes medications in the African-American population. 


Her current research focuses on clinical ways to measure subcutaneous (under the skin) and visceral (next to the organs) adipose tissue and the health implications of these fat depots. At this time, she is involved with several large studies (e.g. Insulin Resistance and Atherosclerosis (IRAS), Jackson Heart Study (JHS) and Diabetes Heart Study (DHS)) investigating the effect of abdominal adiposity on other disease states. She has published on the pattern of abdominal weight gain in African Americans, the role of sleep in weight gain and the role of Vitamin D in fat accumulation. She was a contributing author to the book, "Diabetes in Black America: Public Health and Clinical Solutions to A National Crisis".


One of her goals has been to share her research knowledge and passion for endocrinology with her clinical colleges and her patients/lay public. As such, her research findings, discussing the impact of lifestyle on fat deposition, have been presented in over 100 articles in the popular press and she spends much of her free time speaking to community groups in an effort to improve their health.