Karen J. Nichols, D.O., M.A., MACOI, CS
"Medical Ethics and Medical Errors"
Monday, October 21 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Broadmoor Hall A
Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS is most recently the Dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine serving since 2002 until stepping down July 2018. Prior to serving as Dean, she was Assistant Dean, Post-Doctoral Education and Division Director (chair), Internal Medicine at the Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine since 1997. She was in the private practice of internal medicine and geriatrics in Mesa, Arizona from 1985 through 2002. A graduate of the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) with a DO degree, she holds a master’s degree in Management with a specialty in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.
Dr. Nichols has received numerous awards. In 2015, she was selected for the highest honor given by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Distinguished Service Award. Also, in 2015, she received the Robert A. Kistner, DO Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nichols received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. Her awards include being named as the recipient of the first Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association Physician of the Year Award, Physician of the Year from the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society (twice) and presenting the J.O. Watson named Lectureship from the Ohio Osteopathic Association (twice). She was the 2012 recipient of the KCU-COM Alumna of the Year award. Dr. Nichols also holds seven honorary degrees.
She has served as President of the American Osteopathic Association, of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and was the first woman to hold all those positions. She is Immediate Past President of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago Board of Governors. Dr. Nichols is one of the two first DOs nominated by the AOA and elected to the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education board. She is the Vice Chair of that board and serves on the Executive Committee, and Policy Committee, chairing the Governance Committee. Dr. Nichols has been a member of the board of trustees of the Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona for 23 years.