Department of Emergency Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine Leadership & Faculty

Karin Verlaine Rhodes, MD, MS

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Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Research Faculty, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Faculty, Ortner Center on Domestic Violence, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Emergency Care Policy & Research, Department of Emergency Medicine Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Emergency Medicine

Contact information
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Emergency Medicine
3400 Spruce Street
Ground Floor Ravdin Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-421-1036
Fax: 215-662-3953
A.S. (Nursing)
University of Albuquerque, 1976.
B.S. (Biology)
University of Illinois, 1978.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Illinois, 1983.
M.S. (Health Studies)
University of Chicago, 2002.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Primary Care Internal Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1983-1984.
Resident in Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1996-1999.
Fellow in Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1999-2001.
American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2000.
American Board of Emergency Medicine (recertification), 2010.
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Description of Research Expertise

Karin Rhodes, MD, MS (Health Studies) is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center of Emergency Care Policy Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine, with secondary appointments in Psychiatry and the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, her research focuses on developing effective patient-centered clinical responses to intimate partner violence and other psychosocial issues impacting individual and public health, Rhodes has been principal investigator on a number of federally-funded studies assessing the quality of emergency care (including mixed method studies of doctor-patient communication and the quality of ED discharge instructions) and broad system-level interventions designed to improve the value of a health care visit. Her interest in assuring linkage of vulnerable patients to appropriate social and medical resources has resulted in several high profile audit studies assessing the impact of insurance status on access to needed care. Current work involves assessing the impact of behavioral health integration in the medical home, testing the effectiveness of an ED-based brief motivational intervention on rates of heavy drinking and partner violence and a new project designed to measure and track access to primary care before and after health care reform. Dr. Rhodes thrives on working with multi-disciplinary teams and enjoys mentoring medical and public health students, RWJ clinical scholars, residents, junior faculty, and doctoral students in the areas of health, mental health, and social policy.
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Last updated: 09/16/2015
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