Dr. Kimberly Lakin specializes in the care of patients with various rheumatic conditions including systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), Raynaud’s phenomenon, mixed connective tissue disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, and others, and has a particular interest in systemic sclerosis. Dr. Lakin is also actively involved as an investigator in numerous clinical and translational studies focusing on systemic sclerosis.
Dr. Lakin received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia. She attended medical school at Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Northwestern University and her rheumatology fellowship training at HSS. Additionally, she received her master's degree in clinical and translational research from Weill Cornell Medicine.
Currently, she conducts clinical and translational research in systemic sclerosis, with a focus on testing novel therapeutics, improving trial outcome measurement tools, and determining predictive patient factors that may assist with personalized disease management. She has received funding and recognition for her research including the Rheumatology Research Foundation Resident Research Preceptorship Award, the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium Young Investigator Award, and the Scleroderma Foundation New Investigator Grant.
Scleroderma (systemic sclerosis and localized scleroderma)
Mixed connective tissue disease
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Intra-articular aspirations and injections
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Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Member, American College of Rheumatology
Member, American Medical Association
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2017
American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, 2019
Charles L. Christian Award for Excellence in Musculoskeletal Research, 2020
Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium, Travel Award, 2020
Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium, Young Investigator Award, 2019
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2013
Scleroderma Foundation New Investigator Grant, 2020
Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2014
Internal Medicine, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 2015
Internal Medicine, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 2017
Rheumatology, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2020
Showalter K., Hoffmann A., Rouleau G., Aaby D., Lee J., Richardson C., Dematte J., Agrawal R., Chang R.W., Hinchcliff M. Performance of forced vital capacity and lung diffusion cut-points for associated radiographic interstitial lung disease in systemic sclerosis. Abstract for poster presentation. American College of Rheumatology 2017 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2017.
Showalter K., Pinheiro L., Szymonifka J., Sobol I., Steen V., Gordon J.K. Patient-level factors associated with hospital readmission among patients with systemic sclerosis associated pulmonary hypertension. Abstract for poster presentation. American College of Rheumatology 2018 Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, October 2018.
Showalter K., Magro C., Orange D., Zhang Y., Agius P., Finik J., Spiera R., Gordon J.K. Histologic features correlate with the modified Rodnan skin score, serum inflammatory markers, and patient reported outcomes in patients with early, diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis. Abstract for oral presentation. 16th International Workshop on Scleroderma Research, University of Cambridge. Cambridge, U.K., July 2019.
Showalter K., Spiera R., Orange D., Magro C., Zhang Y., Finik J., Gordon J.K. Change in skin histology correlates with the Combined Response Index in Systemic Sclerosis (CRISS) in patients with early, diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis. Abstract for oral presentation. American College of Rheumatology 2019 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2019.
Showalter K., Smith M., Cheah J., Ghosh N., Gkrouzman E., Lieber S., Sattui Cortes S., Schwartz N., Schwartzman M., Berman J., Sammaritano L., Bass A. Reproductive counseling documentation practices for women receiving teratogenic medications in an academic rheumatology clinic serving a Medicaid/Medicare patient population. Abstract for poster presentation. American College of Rheumatology 2019 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2019.
Showalter K., Hoffmann A., Richardson C., Koloms K., Rouleau G., Aaby D., Lee J., Dematte J., Agrawal R., Wu X., Chang R.W., Hinchcliff M. Esophageal dilation and other clinical factors associated with pulmonary function decline in patients with systemic sclerosis. Abstract for poster presentation. American College of Rheumatology 2019 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2019.
Showalter K., Orange D., Magro, C., Agius, P., Martyanov, V., Franks, J., Sharma, R., Geiger, H., Wood, T., Zhang, Y., Spiera, R., Whitfield, M, Gordon, J. CD34 and alpha-smooth muscle actin distinguish scleroderma gene expression subsets using a machine learning approach. Abstract for poster presentation. Systemic Sclerosis World Congress Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, (Meeting postponed from March 2020 and held virtually July 2020).
Showalter K, Gordon JK, Wu, Y, Kwakkenbos L, Carrier ME, Henry R, Wu Y, Ostbo N, Nordlund J, Bourgeault A, Ayala MC, Discepola MN, Denton C, Mouthon L, Thombs B, Spiera RF. Vaccination Against COVID-19: Self-Reported Experiences of Patients with Systemic Sclerosis in the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) Cohort. Arthritis Rheumatol, 2021: 73 (suppl 10) ACR Convergence 2021
Dr. Lakin conducts clinical and translational research in systemic sclerosis, with a focus on testing novel therapeutics, improving trial outcome measurement tools, and determining predictive patient factors that may assist with personalized disease management.
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As of July 06, 2023, Dr. Lakin reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.
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