Director, Center for Health Policy, University of Missouri
Dr. Karen Edison is an academic dermatologist with expertise in health policy and telehealth. She served as Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and then majority health policy staff for the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the United States Senate from 1999-2001, where she was instrumental in the legislative expansion of Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine services.
She was a key member of the legislative team that drafted the reauthorization of the Community Health Center Programs and spent two years as key staff in a bipartisan coalition that developed the “Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act”, which was signed into federal law in 2005.
Dr. Edison returned to Missouri in 2001 where her current titles include Philip C. Anderson Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology, Medical Director of the Missouri Telehealth Network & Show-Me ECHO, and Director of the Center for Health Policy (CHP) at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
As Director of the CHP she has helped to lead work on health insurance access, telemedicine, health information technology adoption, health information exchange, and MO HealthNet (Medicaid) data analysis, and has worked to improve health equity and ensure adequate health literacy for all Missourians.