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Karen M. Wilson, M.D., M.P.H.

(Pronouns: she, her, hers)

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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I am interested in the management of hospitalized children, in particular children with complex medical problems who may require multiple specialties, long stays, frequent hospitalizations, and close coordination with other care providers.

Professional Background

Dr. Wilson was at the University of Rochester for all of her training and as a junior faculty member. In 2012, she left to serve as the Section Head for Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and then as the Debra and Leon Black Professor and Division Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice-Chair for Clinical and Translational Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In 2021, she returned to the University of Rochester to continue her research and to lead research efforts in the Department and the Medical School. She is the Chair of the AAP’s Tobacco Consortium. In addition, Dr. Wilson is the Chair of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network Executive Council, and is the incoming Chair of the American Board of Pediatrics’ Pediatric Hospital Medicine Sub-board. She is also an Associate Editor for Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics, and the Deputy Editor of Hospital Pediatrics.
Clinically, Dr. Wilson is board certified in Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and she cares for children hospitalized with general pediatric conditions, children with medical complexity, and children with diagnostic uncertainty


Dr. Wilson has more than 20 years of experience researching the impact of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure on children, tobacco smoke exposure in multi-unit housing, and how to help parents quit smoking. More recently, she has developed a research program in secondhand marijuana smoke exposure, and has called attention to concerns over children’s exposure with increased legalization. Dr. Wilson been funded by the National Cancer Institute to study an inpatient parent smoking cessation intervention, and to develop inpatient tobacco use screening and referral tools. She has worked closely with other pediatricians and policy makers to translate her research into public policy, especially in the area of tobacco smoke incursions in multi-unit housing. Dr. Wilson is also committed to supporting the next generation of researchers through mentorship and coaching.




    MPH | University of Rochester

    MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/2007 - 06/30/2009
    Fellowship in Pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital-University of Rochester

    07/01/2005 - 06/30/2007
    Residency in Pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital-University of Rochester

    07/01/2004 - 06/30/2005
    Internship in Pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital-University of Rochester

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    Outstanding Researcher Award, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting

    Mount Sinai Children's Foundation Board Honoree

    American Pediatric Society

    Young Investigator Travel Award, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

    Young Investigator Travel Award, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

    2009 - 2013
    National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, September

    AAP SOHM Pediatric Hospital Medicine Abstract Research Award

    The Dean's Award

    Robert J. Haggerty Prize in Pediatrics

    Alpha Omega Alpha

    Speaker, White Coat Ceremony

    Gilbert B. Forbes Prize in Pediatrics

    Cum Laude
    Location: St. Lawrence University

    Psi Chi
    Sponsor: National Psychology Honorary

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    Journal Articles

    Li L, Yang C, Zhan S, Wilson KM, Taioli E, Mazumdar M, Liu B. "Longitudinal Assessment of Association Between Tobacco Use and Tobacco Dependence Among Adults: Latent Class Analysis of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study Waves 1-4." Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.. 2023 Jul 27; Epub 2023 Jul 27.

    Desai AD, Tolpadi A, Parast L, Esporas M, Britto MT, Gidengil C, Wilson K, Bardach NS, Basco WT, Brittan MS, Johnson DP, Wood KE, Yung S, Dawley E, Fiore D, Gregoire L, Hodo LN, Leggett B, Piazza K, Sartori LF, Weber DE, Mangione-Smith R. "Improving the Quality of Written Discharge Instructions: A Multisite Collaborative Project." Pediatrics.. 2023 Apr 20; Epub 2023 Apr 20.

    Li Y, Eliaho C, Liu B, Wilson K. "Comfort levels in discussing tobacco smoking among hospital staff in a children's hospital." Tobacco prevention & cessation.. 2023 9:18. Epub 2023 Jun 01.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Signs
    Book Title: Body Language: Poems of the Medical Training Experience
    Author List: In Jain N, Coppock D, Brown Clark S, Wilson KM
    Published By: BOA Editions 2006 in Rochester, NY

    Chapter Title: Shaking the tree of knowledge for forbidden fruit: Where adolescents learn about sexuality and contraception.
    Book Title: Sexual Teens, Sexual Media
    Author List: Sutton MJ, Brown JD, Wilson KM, Klein JD
    Published By: Brown, Steele, Walsh-Childers, Eds. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates 2002 in Mahwah NJ