Karen Leigh Matthews, MD, MPH, MBA

Chief of End User Engagement
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Karen Matthews is a clinical informaticist, a staff radiologist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a captain in the U.S. Navy.
She is currently the Chief of End User Engagement in the Office of the Chief Health Information Office at the Defense Health Agency where her duties include leading communications, training coordination, and a joint implementation team for the deployment of MHS GENESIS across the Military Health System.  
Most recently she was detailed as a Senior Advisor and policy analyst in the Office of Global Affairs at Health and Human Services where her duties included service as a liaison to, and a focal point for communication with the DoD global health enterprise.  In this position she was also part of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) interagency team and worked closely with the White House, Department of State, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Cooperative Biological Engagement Program(CBEP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
She has completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship where she served on the Finance Committee and in the Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow.
She has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal while on active duty.

Matthews earned her MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University and her MD from Loma Linda University. She completed her internship at Maine Medical Center, her Preventive Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University, and her Radiology residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. She also completed an MRI fellowship with Dr. Stephen Pomeranz at Proscan Imaging in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She is board certified in diagnostic radiology and clinical informatics.