Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine

Additional Titles

  • Assistant Professor, Washington University Brown School of Social Work
  • Co-Director, Center for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP)

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  • A.B. Public and International Policy: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (2000)
  • MD: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC (2004)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (2007)
  • Fellowship, Cardiology: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (2011)
  • Research Fellowship, Health Policy: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA (2011)


  • Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2016
  • Lerner Research Fellowship for research excellence in junior faculty, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2012
  • Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Heart Failure Research, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2009-2010
  • Nanaline Duke Scholar, Duke University School of Medicine, 2000-2004
  • AB with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 2000

Clinical Interests

General cardiology; consultative cardiology

Research Interests

I am a health services and health policy researcher whose specific research interests include:

  1. Improving the measurement of the quality and efficiency of physicians, hospitals and health systems.
  2. Understanding the impact of policy interventions on health care, with a focus on value-based and alternative payment models.
  3. Reducing disparities in care, with a focus on vulnerable populations including racial and ethnic minorities, individuals living in poverty, individuals with disabilities, frail elders, and those in rural areas.


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