Kimberly K. Vesco, MD, MPH

Kimberly Vesco

Dr. Kimberly Vesco is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, a Kaiser Permanente physician, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has more than a decade of clinical experience caring for normal and high-risk pregnancies within Kaiser Permanente Northwest. In addition to her ongoing clinical work, Dr. Vesco conducts research focusing on women’s health issues, which benefits from her practical insight into patient care and physician workflow.

Along with Victor Stevens, PhD, Dr. Vesco led the Healthy Moms Study, a randomized trial of a group-based diet and lifestyle weight management program for pregnant women. Dr. Vesco is also conducting research with the CDC to study pregnancy-associated morbidities, particularly those attributable to factors such as obesity and gestational diabetes. Her work focuses on ways to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and their offspring.

Dr. Vesco has worked extensively with the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, conducting systematic evidence reviews for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on topics including management of menopausal symptoms, screening for gestational diabetes mellitus, and cervical cancer screening. She is a co-investigator on the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures.

Dr. Vesco arrived at Permanente Medical Group in 2001 after earning her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She trained in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and completed a Women’s Health Fellowship and an MPH degree with a focus in epidemiology and biostatistics.


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Recent Publications

Funk KL, LeBlanc ES, Vesco KK, Stevens VJ. Woman's attitudes toward a preconception healthy lifestyle program. Clinical Obesity 2015;5(2):67-71. PMID: 25371447. doi: 10.1111/cob.12088  
Funk KL, LeBlanc ES, Vesco KK, Stevens VJ. Women's attitudes toward a preconception healthy lifestyle program. Clinical Obesity, 2015;5(2):67-71. doi:10.1111/cob.12088. PMID:25371447.  
Funk KL, LeBlanc ES, Vesco KK, Stevens VJ. Women's attitudes towards a pre-conception healthy lifestyle programme. Clin Obes. 2015 Apr;5(2):67-71. [Epub 2015 Mar 4]   PubMed abstract
Leo MC, Lindberg NM, Vesco KK, Stevens VJ. Validity of medical chart weights and heights for obese pregnant women. EGEMS, May 2014, Vol 2(1):1051, doi: 10.13063/2327-9214.1051. PMID: 2584585.  
Sharma AJ, Vesco KK, Bulkley J, Callaghan WM, Bruce FC, Staab J, Hornbrook MC, Berg CJ. Associations of Gestational Weight Gain with Preterm Birth among Underweight and Normal Weight Women. Maternal and Child Health J 2015 Feb 2; 19(2). [Epub 2015 Feb 2]   PubMed abstract
Eden KB, Perrin NA, Vesco KK, Guise JM. A randomized comparative trial of two decision tools for pregnant women with prior cesareans. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2014 Sep-Oct;43(5):568-79. Epub 2014 Aug 14.   PubMed abstract
Leo MC, Lindberg N, Vesco KK, Stevens VJ. Validity of medical chart weights and heights for obese pregnant women. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes) 2014 May;2(1):7.  
Vesco KK, Karanja N, King JC, Gillman MW, Leo MC, Perrin N, McEvoy CT, Eckhardt CL, Smith KS, Stevens VJ. Efficacy of a group-based dietary intervention for limiting gestational weight gain among obese women: A randomized trial. Obesity 2014 Sep;22(9):1989-96. PMCID: PMC4407817 [Available on 2015-09-01]   PubMed abstract
Farr SL, Dietz PM, Rizzo JH, Vesco KK, Callaghan WM, Bruce FC, Bulkley JE, Hornbrook MC, Berg CJ. Health care utilization in the first year of life among infants of mothers with perinatal depression or anxiety. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2013 Jan; 27(1):81-88.   PubMed abstract
Hillier TA, Ogasawara K, Pedula K, Vesco KK. Markedly different rates of incident insulin treatment based on universal GDM screening in a diverse HMO population. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013 Nov;209(5):440. [epub 2013 June 28]   PubMed abstract

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