Kristen Austin
Kristen A. Austin, M.D.

Kristen A. Austin, M.D.

Kristen A. Austin, M.D.

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Robotic Surgery

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy (Laparoscopic), Blood Management Techniques, Cervix Dysplasia, da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery), Gynecological Surgery, Hysterectomy (Laparascopic Supracervical), Hysterectomy Total (Laparascopic), Hysterectomy Vaginal (Laparoscopic-assisted), Hysteroscopy, Incontinence (Female), Laparoscopic Surgery, Menstrual Disorders, Office Surgery & Procedures, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Relaxation Surgery, Pelvic Support Problems, Urogynecology

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: No
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Payment Methods Accepted:

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Insurance Accepted:

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Philosophy of Care

I enjoy all aspects of women's care, but have a special interest in urogynecology. I believe that every woman has unique obstetric and gynecological needs and deserves individualized care.

Personal Interests

I am a longtime Northwest resident. I am married, have 2 kids, and like to hike, sail and kayak.

Medical School

Medical College of Virginia


Kaiser Hospitals Oakland, Northern California

Board Certifications

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Medical Mission in Ethiopia - Week 10

Saturday December 27, 2014

Christmas Day for the majority of the world has come and gone.  Here, the anticipation in advance of Christmas has only just begun.  We are really from the other world, however, so Mark and I decided to allow the kids to stay home from school on December 25th to celebrate “our” Christmas at home.  For the few days preceding December 25th, we found things that would be gifts for each other and wrapped them in leftover school work, scrap paper, paper and plastic bags.  The kids were more creative, and drew scenes of Christmas on the recycled papers.  This year I truly did not go Christmas shopping.  Our wonderful friends ...

Medical Mission in Ethiopia - Week 9

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The birds are beautiful here.  Sitting outside our apartment, looking into our courtyard I can watch and listen to a multitude of birds.  The small ones seem to come out earliest, singing in their soprano voices.  As the sun rises, more birds join, adding their alto and tenor voices.  There is even the occasional baritone who sounds as if he is singing from an enlarged globe deep in his throat.  The colors of their voices match the vibrant colors of their feathers.  It seems that the more vibrantly colored birds appear earliest in the morning, and then they disappear as if to shield their beautiful attires from the glaring sun.  I wish to capture some of these birds on my digital camera, but alas, they are difficult to capture.  Maybe this is part of their allure.  Maybe this is why bird aficionados are “bird watchers.”

This morning I am ...

Medical Mission in Ethiopia - Week 8

November 30, 2014

What a week.  I wish I had been writing as the week progressed, but here we are, it is Sunday night, and I will try to capture the events and emotions.

This week the French were here.  Three urogynecologists from Paris and Lyon came to the University of Gondar to help teach the faculty some advanced urogynecology techniques for patients with extreme pelvic organ prolapse.   Dr Bertrand (“Bertie”), Dr Georges, and Dr Stephan are as French as French can be.  I was delighted to try my French language skills and they were gracious enough to let me try.  Their English was very good, but in true French form they would prefer to avoid using that language.  The French and English have a long history of granting each other plenty of autonomy.  These three were no exception.  They are also fabulous surgeons.  My interest was piqued, and I decided to Google one of their names.  Dr Georges’ name surfaced to the top of a dozen prominent gynecology studies, and a few patents involving one of the most successful urinary incontinence procedures available today – worldwide.  And here he was in Gondar, Ethiopia!

The residents had ..

Medical Mission in Ethiopia – Week 7

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It is 05:30 in the morning.  I have been awake since 02:30am when Josh walked into our room, febrile and not feeling well.  He was ready for his next dose of Tylenol.  Yesterday he had his second febrile episode in as many weeks.  I freaked out (a little) and decided to bring him in to be tested for malaria.   For our $8.00 we were seen by the doctor in the urgent care clinic of the small hospital up the street, had labs drawn (CBC, malaria blood smear, typhus serum test), and were prescribed antibiotics for bacterial pharyngitis, probably strep throat.

But I digress. ...

Medical Mission in Ethiopia – Week 6

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Facebook is a wonderful thing.  My birthday was a couple of days ago and I felt that I received more birthday greetings than I ever have before.  Several people sent personal emails, and my parents even called on the phone.  I send everyone a HUGE thank you for your well wishes.  Life is challenging, and every encouraging remark helps.

Mark went a little crazy and organized a party at our apartment guest house with Josh, Sonja, Janis and Stephan, the other ex-pats living here.  We had traditional Ethiopian food, delivered to the door, a couple bottles of wine, and a real birthday cake with candles.  Mark decorated the room with a string of holiday lights and frilly banners.  Nuru, our most trusted Bajaj driver, apparently drove Mark all around town to find candles at one shop, the cake at another, lights somewhere else, the banners yet another.  Josh and Sonja made decorative and artistic birthday cards.  Mark’s big present was fixing BOTH toilets in our apartment.   He was a little disappointed that I did not show more excitement when his gift was unveiled, because apparently it took several more trips with Nur and many hours to accomplish.  I was appreciative, but chocolate and good wine from Janis and Stephan provided more immediate gratification.  I think the initial pounds that I lost have been reestablished over the last couple of days of cake and left over injera, tibes, and shiro.

Yesterday was a ...

Medical Mission in Ethiopia – Week 5

Tuesday October 22, 2014
We went hiking in the Simien Mountains this weekend.  Janis, the British anesthesiologist, arranged the all-inclusive trip and invited us along.  I was concerned that Josh and Sonja may not be able to keep up with the 5 adult hikers, but the trekking company “Explore Abyssinia” suggested that we hire 2 mules and the kids could ride when they wanted to, and hike when they felt like hiking.  This turned out to be a wonderful option. 
We drove up to the Simien Mountains in the trekking company’s van on Saturday.  Saturday is market day in the country.  The van swerved around goats, cows, cattle, sheep, horses, donkeys, mules and hundreds of people working their way to their closest village/town.  We saw very few vehicles, essentially public minibuses, some three wheeled taxis (Bajajes), and a few other tourist vans.  There are almost zero private cars on the road.  Everyone walks or runs everywhere.  There are also very few overweight people.  As we passed the animals and people, I noticed that the people carried just as much as the animals.  In fact, sometimes the ...

Medical Mission in Ethiopia – Week 4

Saturday October 11, 2014

Where shall I begin?  I’ll just start chronologically.

At Monday’s morning report I learned that a newborn baby whom I observed being born by cesarean section had died about 18 hours after delivery.  The cesarean section was done at 35w6d for placenta previa.  The patient had presented with bleeding, the bleeding resolved, but the baby had intermittent episodes of fetal tachycardia.  Given the concern for recurrent bleeding and the fetal tachycardia, the decision had been made to proceed with cesarean section.  The cesarean section went well, and the baby was delivered screaming, with Apgars of 8 and 9.  He was large, almost 4kg, and he looked full term.  He was admitted to the neonatal ward for hypoglycemia.  From the verbal report it sounds as if he was discovered “expired” while one of the pediatric residents was making routine rounds.  There was no autopsy and the patient did not have a detailed fetal ultrasound during her pregnancy, so we have no idea if there was a cardiac defect or other malformation which contributed to the baby’s demise.  Routine diabetes screening is not practiced here.  A risk based approach is used to screen for diabetes.  The patient had 8 other children, one of them had just graduated from nursing school and was at her bedside during her hospitalization.  This was the patient’s first delivery in a hospital.  I can’t help but think that this baby would have survived back home.  Of course I don’t know that, but it is hard to comprehend a screaming and healthy appearing baby at delivery dying within a few hours.

Again, I am impressed with the resident physicians’ ability to persevere.  They continue trying to help women and children despite these emotionally deflating cases.

People who survive here are strong.  They are just physically, mentally, and emotionally strong.

This week was a good week ...
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