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Karen Chen, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Medical Director, Department of Critical Care, Intensive Care Unit, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Unit 112
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 792-5040
Fax: (713) 745-1869

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1993 Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, MD, MD
1991 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, BS, Biology

Postgraduate Training

2009 Faculty Leadership Academy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2006 Clinical Safety and Effectiveness (CS&E), Session 3, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
7/1997-6/1998 Fellowship, University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX
7/1994-6/1997 Residency, Anesthesiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
6/1993-6/1994 Internship in Internal Medicine, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

Honors and Awards

2006-present Multi-Year Appointment Award, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
2006-2009 Consumers' Research Council of America, Guide to America's Top Anesthesiologists

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Chen K, Puana RB, Price KJ, Keller CA, Nates JL. The Role of Point-of-Care Testing in the Early Diagnosis of Pseudo-hypoxemia in Myeloproliferative Disorders. Respiratory Care 2010 55 (6):777-9, 2010.
2. Hsu AR, Cai W, Veeravagu A, Mohamedali KA, Chen K, Kim S, Vogel H, Hou LC, Tse V, Rosenblum MG, Chen X. Multimodality Molecular Imaging of Glioblastoma Growth Inhibition with Vasculature-Targeting Fusion Toxin VEGF121/rGel. J Nucl Med 48:445-454, 3/2007. PMID: 17332623.
3. Nates JL, Aravindan N, Hirsch-Ginsberg C, Sizer KC, Kee S, Nguyen AT, Chen K, Shaw AD, Price KJ. Critically ill cancer patients are not consistently hypercoagulable after craniotomy. Neurocritical Care 2007 7(3). e-Pub 2007.
4. Chen K, Varon J, Wenker OC. Malignant airway obstruction: recognition and management. J Emerg Med 16:83-92, 1998. PMID: 9472765.
5. Varon, J, Chen K, Marik P, et al:. Management of the critically ill asthmatic patient. Bio Medicina 1:231-235, 1998.
6. Chen K, Sternbach GL, Fromm RE, Jr, Varon J. Mechanical ventilation: past and present. J Emerg Med 16:453-60, 1998. PMID: 9610977.
7. Varon J, Chen K, Sternbach GL. Rupert Waterhouse and Carl Friderichsen: Adrenal Apoplexy. J Emerg Med 16:643-7, 1998. PMID: 9696186.
8. Chen K, Varon J, Wenker OC, Judge DK, Fromm RE, Jr, Sternbach GL. Acute thoracic aortic dissection: the basics. J Emerg Med 15:859-67, 1997. PMID: 9404805.

Last updated: 8/21/2015