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Faculty and Staff Profile

Corey Kalbaugh

Assistant Professor

Office: Edwards 525

Phone: 864-656-6694

Fax: 864-656-6227

Vita: View

Educational Background

Ph.D. Epidemiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2016

M.S. Bioengineering
Clemson University 2003

M.A. Medicine, Health, and Society
Vanderbilt University 2010

B.S. Ceramic Engineering
Clemson University 2000

Courses Taught

HLTH 8210: Research Design & Measurement
HLTH 8900: Special topics: Transforming Data Sets into Research Articles
HLTH 8890: Seminars in Applied Health Research and Evaluation


Dr. Corey Kalbaugh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University. He has nineteen years of experience in epidemiology and health services research. The animating objective of his current research is to provide clinicians with the best evidence to support the care of patients with peripheral artery disease. His work broadly aims to reduce racial disparities in peripheral artery disease-related treatment and outcomes. Dr. Kalbaugh holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Arts degree in Medicine, Health, and Society from Vanderbilt University. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering from Clemson University. He began his professional career as the first embedded scholar in the Department of Surgery at Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (now Prisma Health) and was a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at UNC (2016-2019). Dr. Kalbaugh is an National Institutes of Health- and American Heart Associated- funded scientist with an extensive history of collaborative work in the health sciences. He recently functioned as Clemson’s lead epidemiologist, coordinating the work of the Public Health Strategy Team that advised Clemson operations personnel and executive leadership as they guided his beloved alma mater through the pandemic. He was also the Site PI of the first clinical trial conducted on the campus of Clemson University.

Research Interests

Dr. Kalbaugh's current research projects include: 1) investigating the role of implicit bias in the delivery of health care; 2) the creation of clinical decision support tools to facilitate guideline-indicated care; 3) public health strategy related to an ongoing pandemic

Research Publications

selected publications from more than 75

Kalbaugh CA, Witrick B, Sivaraj LB, McGinigle KL, Lesko CR, Cykert S, Robinson WP. Non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic Patients Have Worse Outcomes Than White Patients Within Similar Stages of Peripheral Artery Disease. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Dec 20:e023396. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.121.023396. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34927446. Impact Factor: 5.7

Kalbaugh CA, Kalbaugh JM, McManus L, Fisher JA. Healthy volunteers in US phase I clinical trials: Sociodemographic characteristics and participation over time. PLoS One. 2021 Sep 7;16(9):e0256994. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256994. PMID: 34492044. Impact Factor: 2.7.

McGinigle KL, Freeman NLB, Marston WA, Farber A, Conte MS, Kosorok MR, Kalbaugh CA. Precision Medicine Enables More TNM-Like Staging in Patients With Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2021 Jul 16;8:709904. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2021.709904. PMID: 34336963; PMCID: PMC8322654. Impact Factor: 3.9

Rennert L, McMahan C, Kalbaugh CA, Yang Y, Lumsden B, Dean D, Pekarek L, Colenda CC. Surveillance-based informative testing for detection and containment of SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks on a public university campus: an observational and modelling study. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2021 Jun;5(6):428-436.

Chen LT, Zhang D, Shi L, Kalbaugh CA. Disparities in Peripheral Artery Disease Hospitalizations Identified Among Understudied Race-Ethnicity Groups. Accepted at Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine on 05/04/21. 2021 May 4;8:692236. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2021.692236. PMID: 3410228; PMCID: PMC8180581. Impact Factor: 3.9

Kalbaugh CA, Strassle PD, Paul NJ, McGinigle KL, Kibbe MR, Marston WA. Trends in surgical indications for major lower limb amputation in the USA from 2000 to 2016. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. 2020 Jul 1;60(1):88-96.

Young JC, Paul NJ, Karatas TB, Kondrasov SA, McGinigle KL, Crowner JC, Pascarella L, Farber MA, Kibbe MR, Marston WA, Kalbaugh CA. Cigarette Smoking Intensity Informs Outcomes After Open Revascularization for Peripheral Artery Disease. J Vasc Surg. 2019 Jun 5.

Ding N, Sang Y, Chen, J, Ballew SH, Kalbaugh CA, Salameh MJ, Blaha MJ, Allison M, Heiss G, Selvin E, Coresh J, Matsushita K. Cigarette Smoking, Smoking Cessation, and Long-term Risk of Three Major Atherosclerotic Diseases. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Jul 30;74(4):498-507.

Kalbaugh CA, Loehr L, Wruck L, Lund JL, Matsushita K, Bengtson LGS, Heiss G, Kucharska-Newton A. Frequency of care and mortality following an incident diagnosis of peripheral artery disease in the inpatient or outpatient setting. The ARIC Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Apr 13;7(8).

Kalbaugh CA, Jadue N, Luckett D, Fine J, Brothers T, Farber M, Beck AW, Hallett J, Marston W, Vallabhaneni R. The Impact of Current Smoking on Outcomes Following Infrainguinal Bypass for Claudication. J Vasc Surg. 2018 Aug;68(2):495-502. e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2017.10.091.

Kalbaugh CA, Kucharska-Newton A, Wruck L, Lund JL, Selvin E, Matsushita K, Bengtson LGS, Heiss G, Loehr L. Peripheral artery disease prevalence and incidence estimated from both outpatient and inpatient settings among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. JAHA. 2017 May 3; 6(5).

Matsushita K, Ballew SH, Sang Y, Kalbaugh C, Loehr LR, Hirsch AT, Tanaka H, Heiss G, Windham BG, Selvin E, Coresh J. Ankle-brachial index and physical function in older individuals: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Atherosclerosis. 2017 Feb;257:208-215.

Honors and Awards

2021, Excellence in Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Clemson University
2021-2024, UNC T32 Distinguished Alumni Council, Inaugural Member
2018-2019, Center for Health Care Innovation Pilot Award, UNC
2018, Junior Faculty Development Award, UNC
2014-2015, NRSA Pre-Doctoral Traineeship, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
2011-2014, NHLBI Pre-Doctoral Traineeship, Department of Epidemiology, UNC
2010, Graduate Student Merit Award, Department of Epidemiology, UNC

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