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Karen McDonough, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
Attending Physician, Consultative and Hospital Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center

Box 356429
Seattle, Washington 98195-6429
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Dr. McDonough attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1993) and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington (1993-1996).

Area of Expertise: Dr. McDonough’s area of expertise is in peri-operative medicine. In addition to her clinical role as an attending physician, Dr. McDonough specializes in medical student education. She chairs the second year Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, teaches clinical skills at the bedside weekly, and has developed and chaired the Capstone course for graduating medical students.  She also actively contributes to professional practice literature through frequent audio recordings in Practical Reviews in Internal Medicine and by authoring multiple chapters and co-editing the 5th edition of the “Manual of Evidence Based Admitting Orders and Therapeutics.”

Publications of Interest:

  1. McDonough K & Larson E (Eds.). (2007). Manual of Evidence Based Admitting Orders and Therapeutics, 5th ed.  Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. McDonough K, Sutton P, Wipf JE, Braddock CH III. (2003). Reconciling service and education: creation of an educational night float service. Abstract and poster, regional SGIM meeting, Portland, OR. Retrieved from Journal of General Internal Medicine; 2003:18(suppl.1):116.
  3. McDonough K, Baernstein A, Chang T, Finkelstein C, Watanabe J, Arnold A, Goldstein E. (2003).  Improving students clinical skills: A new program at the University of Washington.  Abstract/poster at Regional SGIM meeting, Portland, OR.