Notable Heroes in Health Care: Dr. Karen Watson

Class of 2022

Last updated on December 23rd, 2022 at 03:20 pm

Dr. Karen Watson, an OB-GYN at Ascension Wisconsin, cares for some of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable residents, and she does it at the same hospital where she was born. 

“(Watson) leads Ascension St. Joseph’s efforts for continuous improvement regarding maternal and infant health and has implemented innovative models for hospital-based care for obstetric patients,” said Matt Lee, medical director, women and families service line, at Ascension Wisconsin.

“Dr. Watson is a caring, compassionate physician and a servant leader dedicated to the advancement of health equity in Milwaukee. She believes improving health equity begins by listening and understanding the needs of the populations she serves, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. She is an incredible role model and a testament to Ascension Wisconsin’s commitment to providing equitable care.”

Ascension St. Joseph is located in a predominantly low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee, and four of the five top zip codes that use its services are within the top 11 highest-need zip codes in Milwaukee County. In high-need zip codes, residents experience greater burdens related to preventable health issues, Lee said.

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