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Kayla A. Gertsema, MD

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Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Background

Kayla A. Gertsema, M.D., is an assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She treats patients in need of acute psychiatric care due to a variety of underlying mental health issues including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance use disorders and psychosis. Prior to returning to KU, Dr. Gertsema provided care to veterans at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System at the Austin VA and previously was an attending psychiatrist at the Eating Recovery Center in Austin. She formerly was on the KU Medical Center faculty from 2017 to 2019.

After earning her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Gertsema completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, where she also received fellowship training and served as chief resident in child and adolescent psychiatry. She a holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Miami.

Dr. Gertsema's research interests include suicide prevention in children and adolescents, while her clinical areas of focus are acute psychiatric inpatient care in children and adolescents as well as adults.

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Gertsema is a licensed child and adolescent psychiatrist. Her professional memberships include the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.

Education and Training
  • BS, Biology, University of Miami
  • MD, Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • MD, University of KansasMedicalCtr
  • Residency, Psychiatry, University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School
  • Clinical Fellowship, Psychiatry, University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Basic Life Support Certification for Health Care Providers, American Red Cross
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
  • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Texas Medical Board