PHA Board of TrusteesKaren Fagan, MD

Karen Fagan, MD

Associate Professor and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine University of South Alabama
SLC Representative
Mobile, Ala.
Board term ending: January 2015

Dr. Fagan is presently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. She earned her Bachelors and MD degrees from the University of California at San Diego. She then completed Internship and Residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Parkland Memorial Hospital. She then completed fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver where she stayed on as faculty for 19 years before moving to the University of South Alabama

Dr. Fagan has been involved with PHA for the past 10 years and serving on the Scientific Leadership Council for the past 6 years. While on the SLC she has served on the research committee, on the editorial board of Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension, and chair of the 2008 Scientific Sessions of the International Conference. She is presently a member of PH Clinicians and Researchers and the Chair-elect of the Scientific Leadership Council.

Dr. Fagan has also participated in other international organizations including the American Thoracic Society where she has served as the Program Committee Chair for the Pulmonary Circulation Assembly and as a Council member on the American Heart Association’s Council on Perioperative and Critical Care. She was on the future therapeutics task force at the 2008 Dana Point PH World Congress. She has served on many grant review panels including the NIH, AHA, ATS, and private foundations and pharmaceutical industries. She has also twice chaired the Grover Conference on the Pulmonary Circulation.

Her professional focus is to advance the scientific understanding and treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. She has had active research funding for both basic science and clinical/translational research in PAH as well as directing the only PH center in the Northern Gulf Coast.

She lives in Spanish Fort, Alabama with her twin daughters.


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