Karen M. Isaacs, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Karen Isaacs
Family Medicine
Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program Associate Director

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Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

While volunteering as a school teacher in Peace Corps Tanzania, I learned first-hand about determinants of health on a broader scale. I returned to NC by way of pursuing a master's degree in public health and was quickly attracted to the community-oriented primary care concept. So, four years and a medical degree later, I embarked on my residency training.

 Family Medicine was a natural fit for me. 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. After balancing 6 years as teaching faculty and Medical Director at Wilmington Health Access for Teens, I have now transitioned to full time employment within the residency program and am currently exploring how we can structurally apply our healthcare experiences toward community health goals.

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 spend my personal time with my husband Max, and you can often find me out for a jog or playing sand volleyball.

  • Family Medicine

  • Integrated care, behavioral medicine, and preventive health

  • AAFP Health Equity Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC
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