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Karen L. Kwong M.D.

    • Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery School of Medicine
    • General Surgery Residency Associate Program Director Surgery School of Medicine

Karen Kwong, M.D., is an Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program and Global Surgery Director. She maintains a clinical appointment and is Chief of General Surgery at the Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC). She is a faculty advisor and Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee which enacts the General Surgery Milestones. Dr. Kwong also teaches the Ethics and Professionalism Skills Lab with Vice Chair for Education Karen Deveney, M.D. Additionally, she supports Clerkship Director Enjae Jung, M.D. in the advisement of students desiring to train in general surgery and is a Medical School Faculty Coach for students. Dr. Kwong is very interested in global health initiatives and travels to Haiti twice each year with residents and students to provide medical and surgical care. She is faculty for the Medical Student Elective Surgery and Inequalities course.


  • M.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Ohio 1990
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. (1995)

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