Founding Director Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP

Before joining EVMS, Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP served as Virginia’s Health Commissioner, working under both Gov. Tim Kaine and Gov. Bob McDonnell. As Health Commissioner, she was the principal public-health advisor to the Governor, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Virginia General Assembly and the State Board of Health. She also supervised one of the state’s largest agencies, which includes 119 local health departments organized into 35 health districts throughout the Commonwealth.

Dr. Remley’s career has touched on all aspects of the health and health-care continuums. A clinician for more than 25 years, she practiced pediatric emergency medicine in several settings. Committed to improving health for all, she has been involved in safety-net care provision, both as a volunteer clinician in a free clinic and in board leadership roles. She also held leadership roles in the international sector at both Operation Smile and Physicians for Peace, as well as with NATO in improving NGO and military collaboration. Understanding how integral the business and delivery systems of health care are to the improvement of health and health-care delivery, she was Medical Director for the state account of Anthem Wellpoint health plan, which covers more than 200,000 customers, and worked at Sentara Leigh Hospital as a front-line administrator.

Dr. Remley received her undergraduate and medical education at University of Missouri, Kansas City and then went on to Washington University in St. Louis for her internship and residency. She is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. She received her master’s in business with a health management certificate from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. 

To see Dr. Remley's CV, please click here.