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Kristen Gill Hairston, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.9 out of 5

89 Ratings

Kristen Gill Hairston, M.D.

Associate Professor,
Office of Research

Clinical Interests

Endocrinology, Adrenal Gland Disorders, Pituitary Gland Disorders, Obesity Treatment, Thyroid Disease

Contact Information

Returning Patient Appointments: 336-713-7251
Department: 336-713-7251

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Education & Training

  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 1996
  • M.P.H., University of North Carolina School of Public Hlth, 2000
  • M.D., University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 2001
  • Internship, U Maryland Affil Hosps, 2002
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, U Maryland Affil Hosps, 2004
  • Fellowship, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Maryland School, 2006

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


  • Nat'L Medical Assn
  • Am Assn Of Clinical Endocrinol
  • Obesity Society
  • Am Diabetes Assn
  • Endocrine Society

NPI Number

  • 1457381865
Kristen Gill Hairston, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.9 out of 5

89 Ratings

Kristen Gill Hairston, M.D.

Associate Professor, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Office of Research

Research Interests

Intra-Abdominal Fat; Minority Groups; Subcutaneous Fat; Abdominal Fat; Life Style
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Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-7616 | Department: 336-713-7251

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Recent Publications

Comparison of measures of adiposity and cardiovascular disease risk factors among African American adults: the Jackson Heart Study. Bell RA, Chen H, Saldana S, Bertoni AG, Effoe VS, Hairston KG, Kalyani RR, Norwood AF.. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018;():.

Glucose sensor-augmented continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in patients with diabetic gastroparesis: an open-label pilot prospective study. Calles-Escandon J, Koch KL, Hasler WL, Van Natta ML, Pasricha PJ, Tonascia J, Parkman HP, Hamilton F, Herman WH, Basina M, Buckingham B, Earle K, Kirkeby K, Hairston K, Bright T, Rothberg AE, Kraftson AT, Siraj ES, Subauste A, Lee LA,.. PLoS One. 2018;13(4):e0194759.

Cardiometabolic status in obese African American women is linked to glycative stress [abstract]. Nance SA, Duncan AV, Hairston KG, Gwathmey TM.. FASEB J. 2017;31(1 Suppl):31.5.

Soluble dietary fiber in obesity-associated inflammation and oxidative stress in African American women [abstract]. Nance SA, Duncan AV, Gwathmey TM, Hairston KG.. FEBS J. 2017;31(1 Suppl):434.2.

Predictors of longitudinal change in insulin resistance and beta-cell function in African Americans without diabetes: the Jackson Heart Study [abstract]. Effoe VS, Chen H, Echouffo-Tcheugui JB, Bell RA, Correa A, Joseph JJ, Hairston KG, Kalyani RR, Bertoni AG.. In: Abstracts of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association; 2016 June 10-14; New Orleans (LA). 2016;():1563-P.

Body fat distribution, menopausal hormone therapy and incident type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women of the MESA study. Ebong IA, Watson KE, Hairston KG, Carnethon MR, Ouyang P, Szklo M, Bertoni AG.. Maturitas. 2016;91():147-152.

Screening, diagnostic, and treatment patterns for testosterone deficiency in an academic medical center [abstract]. Ahmed SR, Smith SE, Bonnecaze AK, Hairston KT [sic] [Hairston KG], Burns CA.. In: Abstracts of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society; 2016 Apr 1-4; Boston (MA). 2016;():.

Translational research training at various levels of professional experience to address health disparities. Lane M, Bell R, Latham-Sadler B, Bradley C, Foxworth J, Smith N, Millar AL, Hairston KG, Roper B, Howlett A.. J Best Pract Health Prof Divers. 2016;9(1):1178-1187.

Effect of protein source during weight loss on body composition, cardiometabolic risk and physical performance in abdominally obese, older adults: a pilot feeding study. Beavers KM, Gordon MM, Easter L, Beavers DP, Hairston KG, Nicklas BJ, Vitolins MZ.. J Nutr Health Aging. 2015;19(1):87-95.

. Burns CA, Weitz HH, Collins J, Hairston KG, Johnston-MacAnanny EB, Lakey WC, Mayson S, Sipos J Masters PA, eds.. In: Medical knowledge self-assessment program: endocinology and metabolism. 17th ed. American College of Physicians;2015: .

Identification of obesity and cardiovascular risk in ethnically and racially diverse populations: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Rao G, Powell-Wiley TM, Ancheta I, Hairston K, Kirley K, Lear SA, North KE, Palaniappan L, Rosal MC.. Circulation. 2015;132(5):457-472.

Relationship between change in body composition and physical function in abdominally obese, older adults undergoing 12-weeks of caloric restriction [abstract]. Beavers KM, Gordon M, Beavers D, Hairston K, Nicklas B, Kritchevsky S, Vitolins M.. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014;62(Suppl 1):S20.

Self-reported snoring and risk of cardiovascular disease among postmenopausal women (from the Women's Health Initiative). Sands M, Loucks EB, Lu B, Carskadon MA, Sharkey K, Stefanick M, Ockene J, Shah N, Hairston KG, Robinson J, Limacher M, Hale L, Eaton CB.. Am J Cardiol. 2013;111(4):540-546.

Gender differences in the association of visceral and subcutaneous adiposity with adiponectin in African Americans: the Jackson Heart Study. Bidulescu A, Liu J, Hickson DA, Hairston KG, Fox ER, Arnett DK, Sumner AE, Taylor HA, Gibbons GH.. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2013;13():9.

Mentoring programs for underrepresented minority faculty in academic medical centers: a systematic review of the literature. Beech BM, Calles-Escandon J, Hairston KG, Langdon SE, Latham-Sadler BA, Bell RA.. Acad Med. 2013;88(4):541-549.

Sleep duration, insomnia, and coronary heart disease among postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative. Sands-Lincoln M, Loucks EB, Lu B, Carskadon MA, Sharkey K, Stefanick ML, Ockene J, Shah N, Hairston KG, Robinson JG, Limacher M, Hale L, Eaton CB.. J Womens Health. 2013;22(6):477-486.

A metabolically healthy obese phenotype in Hispanic participants in the IRAS family study. Samaropoulos XF, Hairston KG, Anderson A, Haffner SM, Lorenzo C, Montez M, Norris JM, Scherzinger AL, Chen YD, Wagenknecht LE.. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013;21(11):2303-2309.

Lifestyle factors and 5-year abdominal fat accumulation in a minority dohort: the IRAS Family Study. Hairston KG, Vitolins MZ, Norris JM, Anderson AM, Hanley AJ, Wagenknecht LE.. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012;20(2):421-427.

Self-reported snoring and cardiovascular outcomes among postmenopausal women: the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) [abstract]. Sands M, Loucks EB, Lu B, Stefanick ML, Ockene JK, Shah N, Hairston KG, Limacher M, Hale L, Eaton CB.. Sleep. 2012;35(Suppl):A410.

Intensive lifestyle intervention improves physical function among obese adults with knee pain: findings from the Look AHEAD trial. Foy CG, Lewis CE, Hairston KG, Miller GD, Lang W, Jakicic JM, Rejeski WJ, Ribisl PM, Walkup MP, Wagenknecht LE.. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011;19(1):83-93.

From politics to parity: using a health disparities index to guide legislative efforts for health equity. Webb BC, Simpson SL, Hairston KG.. Am J Public Health. 2011;101(3):554-560.

Diabetes and adverse mental health among African Americans. Mount DL, Hairston KG, Charles SM.. N C Med J. 2011;72(5):400-401.

Vitamin D, adiposity, and calcified atherosclerotic plaque in African-Americans. Freedman BI, Wagenknecht LE, Hairston KG, Bowden DW, Carr JJ, Hightower RC, Gordon EJ, Xu J, Langefeld CD, Divers J.. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010;95(3):1076-1083.

Sleep duration and five-year abdominal fat accumulation in a minority cohort: the IRAS Family study. Hairston KG, Bryer-Ash M, Norris JM, Haffner S, Bowden DW, Wagenknecht LE.. Sleep. 2010;33(3):289-295.

The epidemiology of diabetes in African Americans. Bell R, Bertoni A, Calles J, Hairston K, Hunter J, Mount D, Whitt-Glover MC. In: Jack L Jr, Fonseca VA, Graham GN, eds. Diabetes in Black America: public health and clinical solutions to a national crisis. Roscoe (IL): Hilton Publishing Company;2010: 5-25.

Impact of abdominal visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue on cardiometabolic risk factors: the Jackson Heart Study. Liu J, Fox CS, Hickson DA, May WD, Hairston KG, Carr JJ, Taylor HA.. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010;95(12):5419-5426.

Five-year change in visceral adipose tissue quantity in a minority cohort: the Insulin Resistance Atherosclerosis Study (IRAS) family study. Hairston KG, Scherzinger A, Foy C, Hanley AJ, McCorkle O, Haffner S, Norris JM, Bryer-Ash M, Wagenknecht LE.. Diabetes Care. 2009;32(8):1553-1555.

Association of plasma vitamin D levels with adiposity in Hispanic and African Americans. Young KA, Engelman CD, Langefeld CD, Hairston KG, Haffner SM, Bryer-Ash M, Norris JM.. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009;94(9):3306-3313.

Race, ethnicity, social trust, and self-reported health among US adults [abstract]. Foy C, Loftin-Bell K, Mount D, Hairston K, Hunter J, Easterling D.. Am J Epidemiol. 2008;167(11 Suppl):S97.

Race, ethnicity and adherence to health-promoting behaviors among older adults [abstract]. Foy CG, Mount DM [sic] [Mount DL], Hairston KG, Hunter J, Bell RA.. Ann Behav Med. 2008;35(Suppl 1):s24.

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Associate Professor, Endocrinology and Metabolism

Clinical Interests

Endocrinology, Adrenal Gland Disorders, Pituitary Gland Disorders, Obesity Treatment, Thyroid Disease
Kristen Gill Hairston, M.D.

Kristen Gill Hairston, M.D.

Associate Professor, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Office of Research

Doctor Rating

4.9 out of 5

Kristen Gill Hairston, M.D.89 Ratings


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This was one of the most positive Doctor visits I have had in a long time. I felt listen to and like this Doctor wanted to help me and listen to me.


Dr. Hairston is the best physician I have ever seen, and does everything she can to explain things and to help me to understand my health concerns.


I love my doctor


great respect for dr. hairston


I highly recommend Dr. Hairston to anyone experiencing thyroid problems. She is simply the BEST.




Excellent experience.


I can trust my care provider.


Dr. Hairston is an an incredible physician. She is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, proactive, and genuine. I wish every provider practiced as she does. I highly recommended her.


*Dr. Hairston is an amazing doctor. She knew in February that something was not right with me and tried to get me to go to the hospital but I refused. She asked that I call my cardiologist and checked that day to make sure I did. Needless to say - I ended up in the hospital in March having another stent placed.


Was disappointed in this visit!


*Dr. Hairston is the best doctor I go to by far!


I had heard great things about this doctor. I was told that if anyone could find out what was wrong with me she could. She was understanding she really cared about me. She included my husband in this visit by asking him direct questions about my health. I have bilateral cochlear implants and so not always catch what is being said. She was very understanding about this.

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