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Karen Edison, MD


Karen Edison

Dr. Karen Edison is an academic dermatologist with expertise in health policy and telehealth. She served as Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and then majority health policy staff for the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the United States Senate from 1999-2001, where she was instrumental in the legislative expansion of Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine services. She was a key member of the legislative team that drafted the reauthorization of the Community Health Center Programs and spent two years as key staff in a bipartisan coalition that developed the "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act," which was signed into federal law in 2005. She returned to Missouri in 2001 and co-founded the Center for Health Policy with Kristofer Hagglund, PhD.

Her current titles include Philip C. Anderson Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology, Medical Director of the Missouri Telehealth Network, and Director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Missouri in Columbia. As Director of the Center, she has helped to lead work on health insurance access, telemedicine policy, and MO HealthNet (Medicaid) data analysis, and has worked to improve health equity and ensure adequate health literacy for all Missourians.

In 2011, Dr. Edison was selected to serve on the University's Diversity Advisory Council, and serves as a board member of the Missouri Health Connection.

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