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Karen Johnston, MD

by Jasmine Batchelor

February 26, 2018

Medical Director,
CareCentrix

Trained as an internist at UCSF, Dr. Johnston is currently Medical Director at CareCentrix, a post-acute benefits management company.  She started her career as a partner in a 50-physician multi-specialty group practice.  She subsequently shifted to positions as medical director and chief medical officer at cardiovascular prevention programs ranging from academic to commercial to venture-capital backed startups.

Most recently, she co-founded a self-funded start-up, eMedBracelet, an electronic personal health record.  She strongly believes that individuals (or their surrogates) must control their own medical records, accessible from wherever they may find themselves, and maintain their own disease prevention schedules while incorporating lifestyle strategies like diet and exercise that will optimize their health.

She has a passion for global health and serves on the board of Bridges to Community, a non-governmental organization working in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  Dr. Johnston chairs the group within BTC that is building a medical center for 18,000 individuals with minimal access to health care at present.  The center will open in May, 2018.