Karen D. Horvath M.D., F.A.C.S.

 Karen  D. Horvath M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Horvath is a UW professor of surgery, director of the residency training program in general surgery and the associate chair for education in the…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I enjoy caring for patients through all stages of their surgical care. No matter what our backgrounds, we are all equal when it comes to getting sick, going through treatment, and hoping for a good prognosis. A positive outlook, along with family and community support, greatly affects how a patient handles the challenges of illness and how quickly they recover. I have also seen how a patient's faith can make a difference in how they handle the challenges of being sick. It's truly wonderful to share in the lives of my patients and be a part of this process.

Personal Interests

Skiing, reading, piano, cooking, entertaining, interior design, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Clinical Interests

Colon cancer; necrotizing pancreatitis; minimally invasive surgery; gastrointestinal and colorectal surgery; general surgery; hernia surgery.

Research Interests

Necrotizing pancreatitis; surgical education.


New York Medical CollegeMedical education1990
Columbia Presbyterian Med. Ctr.(NYC)Internship
Columbia Presbyterian Med. Ctr.(NYC)Residency
Columbia Presbyterian Med. Ctr.(NYC)Residency
Mt. Sinai (NY) Medical CenterFellowship
Oregon Health & Science UniversityFellowship


Board Certifications

American Board of SurgerySurgery1999
Dr. Horvath is a UW professor of surgery, director of the residency training program in general surgery and the associate chair for education in the Department of Surgery. In addition to general and laparoscopic surgery, she is an expert in gastrointestinal surgery specializing in necrotizing pancreatitis, colon cancer and other areas in colorectal surgery.
Dr. Horvath joined the University of Washington School of Medicine faculty in 1998. Her main areas of research focus include minimally invasive approaches for patients with necrotizing pancreatitis. She is also very involved in surgical education research and has been awarded the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award as well as the Distinguished Educator Award by the Association of Surgical Education.

After earning her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Bucknell University, Dr. Horvath obtained her M.D. degree from New York Medical College. She completed her general surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University. She completed a research fellowship in colorectal surgery at Columbia and a surgical critical care fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She also completed a fellowship in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery at Legacy Hospital and Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.
Dr. Horvath has been elected by her peers several times for "Seattle's Top Doctors." She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

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