Karen Abrams, MD
Pediatrician in Louisville, KY
I am a Louisville native and graduated from Ballard High School. I attended Tufts University and graduated in 3 years. I then backpacked through Europe and Israel with my college roommate. Then I traveled to London and got a job at the University College of London in the Immunology Dept. as a lab assistant for that year. I wanted to work at Harrods but figured that the lab assistant would look better on my medical school application! I came home to attend medical school at the University of Louisville where I graduated as a member of the AOA medical honor society in 1984. I also don’t think I missed a U of L basketball game during medical school! I did my pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnnati. I then worked for 2 years at a neighborhood health clinic where I developed my interest in adolescent medicine. I returned to Louisville to join the practice in which I grew up. Not only was I a patient of this office but Dr. Kaplan is my cousin. I feel blessed to be working in such a wonderful, respected, and stimulating practice.
In addition to being in private practice, I am a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a certified diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and an assistant professor at the University of Louisville. We interact with the residents at the hospital and often have medical students and residents rotate through our practice. I am a past president of the Louisville Pediatric Society and have been on hospital committees.
I am married to Dr. Jeff Glazer, who is a gynecologist in private practice. We have 3 children, Nicholas, Mallory, and Andrea who are currently all teenagers! Since I have had children I work one less day a week but still take full call and weekend duty. Although I have the best of both world, being at home more and working , “working part time” doesn’t do justice to what I do!
In my non-work world my children and I have been horse-obsessed. I bought my first horse in my 40’s and it goes to show it is never too late to fulfill a life-long dream! I have accomplished my goal of eventing at the Novice Level(3 foot fences) and still compete but enjoy watching my children compete more. I also love to travel with my family and of course attend U of L basketball games. I also read, play golf(on hold since the horses) and duplicate bridge(not enough time at present).
One other area I find very rewarding is my volunteer work. I feel strongly that everyone should give back to their community and think it is a very important example to set for my children. I have been past co-chair of the Louisville United Jewish Campaign and have served and serve on various boards in the Jewish community. I also served on the the Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood for many years.
Working with babies, children, and teenagers keeps me feeling energized and young. I joined the practice in 1991 and one of the most rewarding experiences has been watching my patients grow up. I have been practicing long enough that some of my babies are teenagers and some of my teenagers are parents and I take care of their children. I feel truly blessed to be able to watch this and hopefully contribute in some way to their health and well-being.