Inspired by books like And the Band Played On and Voices from the Epidemic, Dr. Kitchell moved from central Iowa to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to complete an internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Most of her time is spent in clinical practice caring for HIV-positive patients and in educational activities for rotating trainees at Parkland Hospital. She is Associate Medical Director of HIV Clinical Services at Amelia Court. Her research primarily focuses on improving quality of care for patients with HIV, including reducing inpatient readmissions and increasing rates of HIV testing in asymptomatic patients.