Karen Jubanyik, MD is Associate Professor, Clinician-Educator Track, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine as well as a fellowship in Women's Health, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2000, she was hired as faculty for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Education Division, and served multiple roles, including Associate Residency Director, Interim Residency Director and Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director. In 2008, she was named as one of four Academic Advisors in the Office of Student Affairs, advising medical students in each class of throughout their medical school career. As a co-course Director, she teaches a first-year medical school course, Professional Ethics and Responsibility. She has received multiple teaching prizes at Yale, including the Francis Gilmore Blake award (2009), Leonard Tow Humanism award (2016) and the Leah Lowenstein Award (2018).
She serves on the Yale-New Haven Health Bioethics Committee and the Resource Triage Advisory Group, has obtained additional training in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, and is immediate-past National Chair of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's Palliative Care Section. Integrating Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care teaching to residents, fellows, and medical students has been a priority for Dr. Jubanyik. She has developed instructional tools to teach Palliative Care and End of Life topics to students and residents and is interested in racial and cultural disparities in patients who receive palliative and hospice care at end of life. In the covid-19 era, she has written several articles and a book to educate the lay community about the virus and the importance of advanced directives and palliative care. She continues to teach resident and student workshops devoted to recognizing and treating victims of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault and Harassment. Locally, she is past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of Emergency Physicians (CCEP) and is still involved on multiple Connecticut state committees. As a co-investigator, she has received grant funding from the NIH and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study emergency department initiation of palliative care.