Karen Watts, PhD, a Registered Nurse and a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, brings over 35 years of experience in healthcare operations including program development, managed care and clinical information technology development. While on active duty, Dr. Watts was a neonatal intensive care nurse before moving to conducting managed care activities and eventually working for the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General. She has extensive knowledge of the effects of health disparities on women's health and infant mortality.
Prior to joining URAC, Dr. Watts served as Director of Medical Management for DC Chartered Health Plan, Project Director for Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, and Bureau Chief of Perinatal and Infant Health for the District of Columbia Department of Health. As Bureau Chief, Dr. Watts was instrumental in working to achieve a 42% decrease in infant mortality rates in 2014 in the District.
Dr. Watts holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; a Master of Public Administration, Health Service Management; a Master of Business Administration, concentration in Finance; a Master Certificate in Program Management; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, specialization in Public Administration.