LEXINGTON, KY – Dr. Michael Karpf will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club
of Lexington’s weekly meeting Thursday, July 22, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400
Michael Karpf received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University
of Pennsylvania. After an internship in Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served
as a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Institutes of
Health. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his medical residency,
fellowship in Hematology and Oncology and a Chief Residency in Internal Medicine.
In 1978, he went to the Miami Veteran Administration Hospital to start a Division of
General Internal Medicine.
In 1979, he was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh to develop a Division of
General Medicine. In 1985, he assumed the Falk Chair in General Medicine and became
Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Karpf
was instrumental in restructuring the educational programs for medical students and
house staff as well as the clinical programs of the Department of Medicine. At Pitt, he
established a large Division of General Internal Medicine, which was described in the
literature and served as a model for other programs. In 1994, Dr. Karpf went to the
Allegheny Health Systems as Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Allegheny
General Hospital and Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the Allegheny
Integrated Health Group. In 1995, Dr. Karpf was recruited to UCLA as Vice Provost
for Hospital Systems. There he integrated the UCLA Medical Center, the Santa Monica
/ UCLA Medical Center and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital into one corporate entity.
He was instrumental in developing a primary care network and he also reorganized the
practice management organization for the medical group.
In October 2003, he was recruited to the University of Kentucky as the Executive Vice
President for Health Affairs to integrate the clinical services. He is responsible for all
clinical operations across the university hospital, medical center (including all schools
and colleges), and practice organizations (Kentucky Medical Services Foundation and
University Physicians Group Council). In his first year with UK HealthCare he has
led the enterprise through a comprehensive planning review, which includes strategic,
financial and capital planning processes to lay the foundation for the enterprise as it
creates its vision for the future. This planning process culminated in a 30-year vision for
the replacement of both the clinical and academic campuses. The first phase – a $450
million partial replacement of the hospital, has already been initiated. Construction on the
College of Pharmacy building will begin this fall and two additional research buildings
and combined educational facilities serving all the health related colleges are being
planned. Clinical activity has increased approximately 30% over the last three years and
research funding has also improved 45 percent over the same time period.
Dr. Karpf’s academic interests have been in developing and evaluating innovative
educational and clinical programs. He established the Primary Care Training Residency
and the General Medicine Fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh. At UCLA and at
the University of Kentucky he has been instrumental in establishing a Center for Patient
Safety and Quality and the Ethics Center.
Dr. Karpf has been involved in many civic and professional organizations. He was the
Chairman of the Statewide Healthcare Coordinating Committee for Pennsylvania in
1993. He was a member of the Governor’s Task Force evaluating Managed Care in
California in 1997-1998 and served on the Board of Directors of the Hospital Association
of Southern California for 1997-2000. Since 2001, Dr. Karpf serves as the chairman
of Advisory Panel on Health Care Delivery for the Association of American Medical
Colleges as well as the AAHC Taskforce evaluating the nation’s health workforce.