Dr. Karen Barnett

Karen R. Barnett, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Karen BarnettDr. Barnett graduated summa cum laude with Honors Distinction in Biology from Boston University in 1979. She was one of only three women admitted to the highly selective inaugural class of mMeDIC Scholars at Boston University School of Medicine and received her MD degree in 1983. She completed her pediatric training at Tuft’s New England Medical Center and has remained in the Greater Boston and Merrimack Valley area as a general, as well as academic, pediatrician since that time. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Barnett has been an active member of the Pediatric Physicians Organization of Children’s’ (PPOC) since 2004. She serves on numerous committees and holds the position of Regional Medical Director for the North Region. In this role, Dr. Barnett actively assists PPOC affiliated practices in providing reliable, safe, high quality health care to the patients and families served by these practices. With passion and commitment she has dedicated her career to spreading best practice guidelines, increased access and highest quality care to all pediatric patients and families.

Dr. Barnett has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career, with the one she holds most dear being awarded in December 2014 from The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, located at MGH, in recognition of her hard work and dedication to nurturing patient-caregiver relationships and resulting improved health outcomes.

Dr. Barnett lives in North Andover with her husband, an orthodontist, and her dogs and cats! She has two grown daughters still busy pursuing their own passions and completing graduate studies. In her free time she plays competitive tennis and enjoys fitness, cooking, gardening and travel.

Dr. Barnett will be retiring from clinical practice February 2018.

Vital Statistics – Karen Barnett, M.D.

College: Boston University, BA (summa cum laude with Honors Distinction) 1979
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, MD, 1983


Tuft’s New England Medical Center, Floating Hospital for Infants and Children, 1983-1986
Board Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics

Hospital Privileges:

Boston Children’s Hospital, Lawrence General Hospital


Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics,

Massachusetts Medical Society

United States Tennis Association

Honors & Awards:

1979 – 1983: mMeDIC Scholar Award

2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014: American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Awards

2014: The Schwartz Center Recognition Award for Compassionate Care


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