Karen Clancy, PhD, MBA

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Karen Clancy, PhD, MBA


​Dr. Karen Clancy has recently joined the College of Health Sciences faculty.  Clancy’s background includes twenty-seven years as a health care administrator providing leadership through roles such as Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration in the College of Pharmacy, Associate Director of University Health Service, Administrator of the Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center, and Director of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital’s Consulting and Center of Learning.  Most recently she served as the Customer Relations Patient Experience Manager for the Office of Patient Experience at UK HealthCare.  Dr. Clancy has seven years of teaching experience as an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Midway University.  She also served as an adjunct professor in the DrPH, MPH, and MHA programs for the University of Kentucky College of Public Health for eight years. 

Clancy earned a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky, College of Education, by completing her dissertation:  Women in White:  A Retrospective Look at Medical Education at One School in Kentucky Before Title IX.  In addition, she earned a masters of business administration (MBA) from Morehead University, a bachelors of science in Health Care Administration from the University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences and an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Somerset Community College.  Clancy received awards including the Howard Bost Student Most Likely to Succeed Award, the University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences Hall of Fame Alumni Award, the American College Health Association Affiliate New Professional Award, and a research scholarship from the Arvie and Ellen Turner Research Fund.  Most recently, she received funding from the Kentucky Oral History Commission to expand her research on the culture of medical education.