Distinguished Mentor Award: Karen M. Warburton, MD, FASN

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Karen M. Warburton, MD, FASN

Citation: Kidney News 14, 10/11

Dr. Warburton is associate professor of medicine and a nephrologist specializing in kidney and pancreas transplantation at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System in Charlottesville. In addition to her clinical role, Dr. Warburton is the director of the Clinician Wellness Program, director of Graduate Medical Education Advancement, and vice chief of faculty development in the Division of Nephrology.

Before joining UVA in 2016, she spent 17 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship Training Programs for several years. In those roles, she developed expertise in coaching and remediation of struggling learners. She developed and chaired successful remediation programs at both institutions.

In her role as a director of the Clinician Wellness Program, Dr. Warburton works with faculty and trainees to promote personal and professional well-being, to find meaning in their work as a means of reducing burnout and promoting and maintaining engagement, and to foster effective interpersonal communication by increasing self-awareness and promoting emotional intelligence skills. She provides clinical assessment and counseling for stress, substance use, anxiety, and depression among physicians.

She served for 5 years as the organizing chair for ASN's Kidney Students and Residents (STARS) Program, which is designed to foster interest in nephrology careers through a mentored experience at ASN Kidney Week. She also directed a full-day workshop at a nephrology training directors retreat on coaching and remediation for struggling trainees.

Dr. Warburton received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, followed by an internship, residency, chief residency, fellowship in nephrology, and fellowship in kidney and pancreas transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania.