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Karen B. Ekernas, MD

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My specialty:
Emergency Medicine

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Female

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About me

I am from Ithaca, New York, but moved to Colorado in 2008 to be with family and for my residency training. In addition to my medical degree, I have a master’s degree in public health and am certified in travel and tropical medicine. I maintain a strong interest in global health, with previous work in India and ongoing projects in Nairobi, Kenya. At home, I enjoy spending time with my 2 children, husband, small gray tabby cat and massive Newfoundland dog.

About my practice

Emergency medicine is a dynamic and rewarding field. It is an honor to treat patients when they are at their most vulnerable or in need of critical care, and I strive to work with empathy and respect. The ability to meet patients from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life is one of my favorite aspects of working in the ED. I will always listen to your concerns, then double-check that I understood them correctly. From there, we can come up with your treatment plan together. I work as a team with our specialists, pharmacists and others to coordinate your care.

How I thrive

I thrive by spending time with my family, hiking, skiing, and hosting large potluck dinners full of friends, family, children and controlled chaos!

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Medical groups and plans

Colorado Permanente Medical Group

Emergency Department name
1375 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
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  • HMO
  • Medicare Senior Advantage

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My training, certifications & licensing

Medical school

SUNY Health Science Center

Board certification

Emergency Medicine

AM BD of Emergency Medicine

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Medical training

Internship/Residency

Emergency Medicine

Denver Health & Hospitals
Denver , CO

Fellowship

Emergency Medicine

Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis , MN

Joined Permanente Medical Group

2014

Provider ID

023164
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This page was last updated on:

12/17/2018