Karin Rhodes, M.D., M.S.

Chief Implementation Officer, Office of the Director
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2017-2018
Fellowship Placements: Rep Grisham (D-NM-01), Sen Smith (D-MN)
Sponsoring Institution: Northwell Health
Disciplines / Professions: Emergency Medicine, Health Services Research


Karin Rhodes, MD MS is AHRQ's first ever Chief Implementation Officer, leading a strategic plan for the Patient-Centered
Outcomes Research Trust Fund investments and contributing to AHRQ's practice improvement efforts. Karin completed an
emergency medicine residency and the RWJF Clinical Scholar's Program at the University of Chicago. At Penn, she was
inaugural Chair of the Center for Emergency Care and Policy Research, where she led research teams testing ED
innovations in screening/intervening for health-related social risks, improving transitions in care, and led a national team
tracking the impact of ACA insurance expansions on access to primary care in 10 diverse states. As VP for Care Management
at Northwell Health, she designed and evaluated innovations to address the complex care needs and social determinants of
patients across the continuum of care. After a year in DC as a RWJF Health Policy Fellow in both the Senate and House, she
served as director of public health for the state of New Mexico, giving her experience with both federal and state legislation
and policy making. At AHRQ, she is building on these experiences and working with cross-agency teams to generate,
synthesize, disseminate, and integrate evidence to enhance primary care, improve health equity, and give patients a voice in
the complex process of health system change.