Karen M. Isaacs, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Karen Isaacs
Family Medicine
NHRMC Family Medicine Residency Program Clinical Faculty

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Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Though a NC native, I lived abroad for a few years in Tanzania as a Peace Corps volunteer. There, I developed a curiosity for understanding determinants of health on a broader scale. I returned to NC by way of pursuing a master's degree in public health, where my graduate studies hinted at how potentially effective a public health/medicine combo could be for improving health outcomes. So, four years and a medical degree later, I embarked on my residency training.
Deciding on Family Medicine was the easy part; limiting my interests in the scope of Family Medicine was hard!  The NHRMC Family Medicine Residency grounded me with skills in evidence-based medicine, provided me exposure to underserved and rural populations with sometimes limited access to care, and prepared me for full spectrum practice.
As a 2012 graduate of the residency program, I could not turn down the chance to stay in the area!  After balancing 6 years as teaching faculty and Medical Director for Wilmington Health Access for Teens, I have transitioned to full employment within the residency program. I am professionally interested in seeking ways to leverage my medical skills for vulnerable populations, and remain interested in harm reduction and health equity.  The faculty and residents here in Wilmington continually look for ways to build up our program but also model the importance of quality of life outside of work. I especially enjoy jogging and volleyball, though there is no shortage of leisure activities here.
  • Family Medicine

  • Integrated care, behavioral medicine, and preventive health

  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC
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