Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc


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Karen DeSalvo joined the faculty at Tulane University in 1996 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and to professor in 2008. She had joint adjunct appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology, Health Systems Management, and Global Health Systems and Development. During her tenure at Tulane, DeSalvo also served as chief of general medicine, co-director of the Center for Health Equality Research, special assistant to the university president for health policy, executive director for Tulane’s University Community Health Centers, and vice dean for community affairs and health policy. Her work has its most notable impact in the public sector, where DeSalvo led recovery efforts and redesigned and implemented an improved health care delivery system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Research Output 1998 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Public health wins is a call to arms as well as a roadmap for all who care about a thriving, healthy nation

DeSalvo, K. & Levi, J., May 1 2019, In : American journal of public health. 109, 5, p. 650-651 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Public Health
2 Citations (Scopus)

Public health 3.0: Supporting local public health in addressing behavioral health

DeSalvo, K. & Claire Wang, Y., Oct 1 2018, In : American Journal of Public Health. 108, 10, p. 1279-1280 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Public Health

The health consequences of natural disasters in the United States: Progress, perils, and opportunity

DeSalvo, K., Mar 20 2018, In : Annals of internal medicine. 168, 6, p. 440-441 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

2 Citations (Scopus)

Timely, granular, and actionable: Informatics in the public health 3.0 era

Wang, Y. C. & DeSalvo, K., Jul 1 2018, In : American journal of public health. 108, 7, p. 930-934 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Public Health Informatics
Public Health
Social Determinants of Health
Information Systems

Towards a 21st century health care system: Advancing the case for telecare

DeSalvo, K. & Petrin, C., Jan 15 2018, In : Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. 7, 1, 9.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Delivery of Health Care
Costs and Cost Analysis