Karen K. Smith, MD, FAAP
Asthma Clinical Consultant
Karen is a board-certified pediatrician who has worked in a variety of settings in primary care pediatrics from a rural solo practice to teaching appointments in academic settings, always with a focus on serving "safety net" groups. Special areas of interest include asthma, HIV, complex medical needs of brain-injured children, foster care and child abuse sequelae. Karen received her MD from Tufts University in 1979 and completed her pediatric residency at UW in 1982.
Karen was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF from 1992-2003, with positions as Director of Outpatient Residency Training (Children's Hospital Oakland) and Director of Quality Improvement (SF General Hospital, Dept of Pediatrics). From 1999-2003 she served as Medical Director of the San Francisco Health Plan, directing a large number of countywide QI initiatives in asthma care, immunization rates, and teen health. Karen next focused on foster care youth in San Francisco with significant health issues, setting up a unique chronic disease management program with a countywide registry for Child Protective Services. In 2007-2008 she authored for UC Berkeley the curriculum Health Care Needs Foster Care Youth, implemented in all California counties.
Karen’s current passions include photography and gardening on idyllic Vashon Island.