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Dr. Ken Epstein has over 30 years of clinical and administrative experience.  He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University School of Medicine in 1982, where he remained for his Internal Medicine residency.  He then served 4 years with the National Health Service Corps as an internist in an inner city health center in Cleveland, Ohio, serving as Clinical Instructor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  Within a year, he was chosen as Director of Adult Medicine for the five health center practice. Following his time in Cleveland, Dr. Epstein was then selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied health care economics and access to care issues. 

In 1991, he went to Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Division.  During his 12 years at Jefferson, he served as Clinical Director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Center, and for several years was Acting Director of the Division of Internal Medicine.  He obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the Fox School of Business and Management of Temple University in 2000, receiving a Dean’s Certificate of Excellence for finishing in the top 1% of his class.

In 2003, Dr. Epstein left Philadelphia for the Rocky Mountains.  He moved to Boulder, Colorado, and was hired as Director of Medical Affairs and Clinical Research for IPC The Hospitalist Company.  From 2003-2008, he served in this capacity, assisting with recruitment, orientation, and clinical supervision of IPC hospitalist physicians in the Denver, Pueblo, Chicago, Dallas–Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, and other health care markets.  Responsibilitie also included directing the research activities of IPC, focusing on the study of quality of care issues in hospitalist care as well as transition of care issues.  At the 2008 Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, his research study on "The impact of Fragmentation of Hospitalist Care on Length of Stay" was chosen out of over 100 research abstracts for oral presentation at the plenary session.   

In July, 2008, Dr. Epstein left IPC to form kre consulting, dedicated to the clinical and managerial improvement of hospitalist programs in hospitals and health systems nationally.  In 2010, he took on the additional responsibility of becoming Chief Medical Officer for Hospitalist Consultants, Inc (HCI), the hospitalist division of ECI Healthcare Partners.  During his time with HCI, the number of hospitalist programs grew from 8 to 45, and we developed our own hospitalist practice management software.  In June 2016, ECI Healthcare Partners got purchased by Schumacher Clinical Partners (SCP).  With SCP, Dr. Epstein has helped developed the hospitalist management consulting arm of the company, and continues to perform hospitalist consultations.  Additionally, through kre consulting, Dr. Epstein can help your program meet their needs for hospitalist program growth, efficiciency, quality, and financial stability. 


kre consulting
690 Hartford Drive
Boulder, CO 80305

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