New Residency Program Director

Karen Brasel, M.D., M.P.H., Program DirectorAcademic Faculty, Karen Brasel, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Karen Brasel, Professor of Surgery, is the General Surgery Residency Program Director. She received her BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and her MD from the University of Iowa.  She completed her surgical residency and her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She comes to OHSU from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), where she was given a dual appointment as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and as an Assistant Professor in the Health Policy Institute in 1999. At MCW, Dr. Brasel served as a Clerkship Director, Director of Resident Research, and as the Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program for eight years.  She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Association of Surgical Education’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006.

Dr. Brasel is a nationally renowned leader in many aspects of surgery, including her role as Contributing Author and Sub-Committee Chair for the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®) for many years and currently as the international director of ATLS ®.  She served two years as Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Association of Surgical Education and has served on several committees for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors and is a Director of the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Brasel’s clinical practice is trauma/critical care and emergency general surgery.  Her research focuses on surgical palliative care, ethics, education, and quality of life after trauma.