Instructor Biography

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Karen Meador

Managing Director and Senior Physician Executive

Dr. Karen Meador, a board-certified pediatrician, has 25 years of healthcare experience, having served in numerous clinical and administrative leadership roles within healthcare systems and primary care organizations. Karen has expertise in leading collaborative multidisciplinary teams in creating and expanding innovative high-quality programs and services that transform and integrate clinical care, research and education and that engage physicians and patients in hospital and community settings. She has extensive experience with Medicaid-supported programs, designing and implementing cost-saving and quality-improvement initiatives for health systems, primary care networks—including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs--and physician groups. Karen has been a leader in New York State Medicaid reform, advising eight Performing Provider Systems in their Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) initiatives. She has also provided guidance and conducted due diligence for investors in healthcare provider organizations, focusing on clinical quality, operational issues, and billing and compliance matters to reduce risk and increase financial returns. Karen has served as a persuasive expert on the medical necessity of medical and behavioral health services in disputes between providers and payers and in self-disclosure matters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
In her previous role at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Karen was President of two subsidiary corporations, where she expanded an outpatient primary care network, founded a physician staffing company, developed the business plans, launched an urgent care center and hospitalist program, and served on the leadership team that expanded Children’s Medical Center to a second campus. As Vice President of Research Administration, she led a National Institutes of Health (NIH)- funded pharmacology research unit and was responsible for the contracting, administration and compliance of over 600 ongoing clinical trials. 

Karen also served as an Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care Pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.