Kahli Zietlow, MD

Advanced Training Program
Start Year

Education and Training

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine

Duke University Medical Center

About Me

Okemos, Michigan

Why are you interested in a career in Geriatrics?
The values of Geriatric Medicine have always resonated with me.  I enjoy taking a comprehensive approach to patient care.  Learning to appreciate how psychosocial factors and functional status impact health allows for a more personalized and realistic approach to treatment of disease.  I also appreciate the complexity of chronic illness and taking into account how different diseases and systems interplay.  As healthcare becomes more specialized, we are in danger of practicing in silos.  As a geriatrician, I hope to help patients bridge gaps in their care.

What are the strengths of the Duke Geriatrics Fellowship Program?
The Duke Geriatrics Fellowship is such a unique, exciting year. There is a wide breadth of clinical practice settings, including 3 hospital systems, 3 longterm care centers, and a huge selection of outpatient experiences.  Our fellowship is very multidisciplinary, as we work and train alongside NPs, PTs, pharmacists, and PHDs.  Working with such a diverse group of trainees has broadened my own perspective immensely. 

The Geriatrics faculty are brilliant, accomplished, but also very supportive.  They are passionate about education and many are world-renowned researchers. It has been a privilege to work alongside them.  Beyond the fellowship program, Duke Health System has such a fun and collaborative culture.  There are so many opportunities for learning and career development and the GME program is very invested in fellow development.  I plan to take advantage of the optional Advanced Fellowship track for further career exploration.

What are your plans for the advanced fellowship year?
I will per leading a clinical research study to examine how pre-operative cognitive impairment affects patients’ abilities to consent for surgery. I’m hoping to better understand the relationship between cognition and capacity. 

In addition to this exciting research, I hope to use the year to continue to explore my interests in academic medicine and solidify my career goals. I will be taking course work through the Duke Clinical Research Training Program, taking advantage of educational development through the many resources available in our program and Duke AHEAD, and continuing to build a network of mentors.

Career and Research Goals

I love inpatient medicine. I hope to practice clinical geriatrics in an acute care setting. I'm also passionate about teaching and education. I plan on pursuing a career in academic medicine.

Honors, awards and distinctions

  • 2017, 2018, Selection for the Presidential Poster Session, American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting
  • 2018, Acceptance into AMDA Futures Program
  • 2017, Califf Medicine Research Award
  • 2014, Stead Resident Research Grant, Duke University Hospital, Department of Medicine
  • 2012, Medical Student Training in Aging Research Fellowship, American Geriatrics Society



Zietlow, K, McDonald, SR, Sloane, R, Browndyke, J, Lagoo-Deenadayalan, S, and Heflin, MT. "Preoperative Cognitive Impairment As a Predictor of Postoperative Outcomes in a Collaborative Care Model." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 66, no. 3 (March 2018): 584-589.

Full Text

Zeitlow, K, Charlambous, L, Ng, I, Gagrani, S, Mihovilovic, M, Luo, S, Rock, DL, Saunders, A, Roses, AD, and Gottschalk, WK. "The biological foundation of the genetic association of TOMM40 with late-onset Alzheimer's disease." Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta. Molecular Basis of Disease 1863, no. 11 (November 2017): 2973-2986.

Full Text

Zietlow, K, Bazemore, TC, and Parikh, KS. "Diagnosing pulmonic valve infective endocarditis with positron emission tomography-CT." BMJ case reports 2016 (February 2016).

Full Text

Bazemore, TC, Maskarinec, SA, Zietlow, K, Hendershot, EF, and Perfect, JR. "Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Manifesting as Lactococcus Endocarditis: A Case Report and Review of the Association of Lactococcus with Underlying Gastrointestinal Disease." Case reports in infectious diseases 2016 (January 2016): 5805326-.

Full Text