Faculty Profile

Dr. Elizabeth A. Kitsis, M.D.

Elizabeth A. Kitsis, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Vice Chair of Medicine for Faculty Affairs & Professionalism, Department of Medicine

Areas of Research: Professionalism; bioethics; bioethics education; pharmaceutical ethics, conflict of interest

Professional Interests

Dr. Kitsis is a rheumatologist with a broad experience in leadership roles. Her research focuses on social media and medical professionalism, and on the ethics of physician shadowing by  students. She joined Einstein/Montefiore in 2008 as Director of Bioethics Education and attending rheumatologist.  She was appointed Associate Chair of Medicine for Faculty Affairs in 2014.

She is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College (medical school), Boston University School of Medicine (residency), NYU Medical Center (rheumatology fellowship, where she was chief fellow), University of Pennsylvania (Master of Bioethics), and the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions. While at NYU, she was Director of Clinical Research at the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Dr. Kitsis held numerous roles at Pfizer Inc., including Medical Group Director of COX-2 Inhibitors and HQ Medical Operations; Vice President, Medical Affairs for Pain & Neurology, and Vice President, Worldwide Development for Pain & Inflammation, Oncology, and Diversified Products. She is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.

Selected Publications

Kitsis EA. Rx for the pharmaceutical industry: call your doctors. Hastings Ctr Rep, 2009. 39: 18-21.

Kitsis EA. Physicians and the pharmaceutical industry: working together on conflict of interest. Am J Bioeth, 2011, 11: 51-52.

Kitsis EA. Shining a light on shadowing. JAMA, 2011. 305: 1029-1030.

Kitsis EA. Goldsammler M. Physician Shadowing: A review of the literature and proposal for guidelines. Acad Med, 2013, 88:102-10.

MacKenzie CR, Melzer M, Kitsis EA, CA Mancuso. Ethical challenges in rheumatology. Arthritis Rheum, 2013, July (Epub ahead of print).

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