Karen Segerson, headshot
Clinical Associate Professor
Medicine
Director, Quality Improvement for Undergraduate Medical Education
Health Systems Curricular Theme Lead
American Medical Association Health Systems Scholar Academy Faculty

Faculty Information

Biography

Dr. Karen E. Segerson is the Director of Quality Improvement for Undergraduate Medical Education in the School of Medicine and serves as the Health Systems Curricular Theme Lead. She is certified in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety through the UW Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Patient Safety, The Institute for Health Improvement, the American Medical Association Health Systems Scholars Academy, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Six Sigma Certification Program of Process Improvement.

Dr. Segerson has over 15 years of experience in medical education and medical education quality improvement. She has been an Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director and clinical teaching attending in hospital medicine, perioperative medicine, primary care, and preventive cardiology. She currently teaches in the Themes in Medicine course within the School of Medicine. Her most recent educational quality improvement projects include admission support programming for underrepresented minorities and incorporating quality analysis in the clinical learning environment.   

Dr. Segerson volunteers for youth swimming programs through USA swimming as a coach and official, and she competed in the Ironman World Triathlon Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Dr. Segerson has a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University and an M.D. from the University of Washington and completed an Internal Medicine Residency serving as Chief Resident at the University of Utah.    

Education & Training: 
MD
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
1997–2001
Internal Medicine Internship and Residency
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
2001–2004
Chief Residency
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
2004–2005
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Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • Educational Quality Improvement
  • Support for Underrepresented Medical Student Admissions
  • Quality Analysis in the Clinical Learning Environment
  • Impact of Health Systems Curriculum on Systems Scholarship
Clinical Interests: 
  • Perioperative Medicine
  • Stable Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety