Karen L. Law, MD

Program Director

J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program

Associate Vice Chair of Education

Department of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine


Karen Law, MD received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. A native Atlantan, Dr. Law returned to Emory University for her residency in internal medicine, where in her third year of residency, she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha by the graduating medical school class for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Law served as chief resident in internal medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. She then went on to complete a rheumatology fellowship at Emory. She accepted a position as assistant professor in internal medicine in Emory’s Division of Rheumatology in 2011. Since then, she has had served in several education leadership roles in the Department of Medicine. She served as associate director of the internal medicine clerkship from 2011-2016, and she was selected as a small group advisor in the Semmelweis Society for Medical Students in 2013. She received the prestigious Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the American College of Rheumatology in 2013 for her work in teaching critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning. She is a 2014 graduate of the Harvard Macy Program for Leaders in the Health Professions. In 2015, Dr. Law was elected to Emory’s Academy of Medical Educators and received the Dean's Teaching Award. She is a fellow of the Woodruff Leadership Academy's Class of 2016. In 2016, she was named program director of Emory University's J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency, one of the largest internal medicine training programs in the country.

Her areas of interest include teaching diagnostic reasoning and high-value care, bedside physical examination skills, and near-peer education.