Karen R. Clark is chief information officer for OrthoTennessee, where she has worked since 1998. In that role, she serves on national committees for the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS.) A HIMSS Fellow and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. She currently chairs the HIMSS HIT UX Committee, which focuses on clinician experience with health information technology.
She has spoken at the AAOE, AAOS and OrthoForum conferences on both information security and the 2015 MACRA legislation, specifically on the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS.). She is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as well as the CIO/CMIO Council with the American Medical Group Association.
After graduating from American University with a degree in marketing in 1979, she joined Brooks Brothers in New York, where she was a buyer. She earned her MBA in finance from Fordham University in 1984. She moved to Knoxville in 1988 and joined Watson’s as director of planning and distribution when her husband, Brooks, was recruited from Sports Illustrated to Whittle Communications. They have two adult daughters, Isabel, and Olivia.
A competitive rower since 2004, Clark served on the board of the Oak Ridge Rowing Association, for whom she has also served as treasurer and president. She is a lay reader with St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. She has previously served on the boards of the Knoxville Opera Guild, Ijams Nature Center, Blount Mansion, the West High School Foundation and the Knoxville Rowing Association. She was a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Knoxville.