Karen L. Kwong, M.D.

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


Karen Kwong, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, 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 MacKenzie Cook M.D. in the advisement of students desiring to train in general surgery. 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, as well as promoting other educational and communication health activities.  She is faculty for the Medical Student Elective Surgery and Inequalities course. 

Education and training

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

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


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