Dr. Karen L. Kaul is Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at NorthShore and is a Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She previously served as Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Division at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Board-certified in anatomic pathology, and molecular genetic pathology, she has been deeply involved in the development of laboratory tests for cancer, heritable, and microbial diseases.
Dr. Kaul is a past President of the Association for Molecular Pathology and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. She has led efforts to expand molecular pathology and personalized medicine programs at NorthShore, serving as Interim Co-Director of the Personalized Medicine Program, and expanding the tissue and genomic biorepository. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and recently co-edited the book Genomics in Cancer.
Dr. Kaul is the recipient of the 2008 Association for Molecular Pathology Leadership Award. She is Past President of the American Board of Pathology and serves on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Pathology. She was an Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellow in 2011-2012 and served as a member of the Tapestry/SPOT Dx working group. In late 2016, she provided testimony to the bipartisan Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee on the contributions of lab-developed tests and procedures to personalized medicine. She’s a Board member for Laboratory 2.0 and is involved in efforts to transform the laboratory through better integration and utilization.