At DHMC, my primary clinical responsibility is in the occupational medicine clinic seeing patients with complex work injuries and disability to promote functional rehabilitation and return to work. I also support employee health, safety, and wellness initiatives at the hospital. My clinical and research interests include chronic pain, functional assessment and rehabilitation, preventing disability from work, and gene-environment interactions.
What made you interested in joining the TREAT team?
It is exciting to be part of a group committed to addressing the important gaps between ideas and practice and between medical treatment and functional recovery.
As someone new to the TREAT team, I am impressed by the organization of the processes for applications and projects while at the same time the group is committed to providing an individual approach to each applicant. The deep and broad experience and expertise of the TREAT members is a tremendous resource for innovators.
What types of innovations do you think are most needed in the areas of occupational and environmental medicine and in your work with those with disability?
Adding reliable functional measures into the electronic medical records would help health care providers identify and reduce barriers for injured workers staying at work and returning to work.
Dr. Karen Huyck is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Geisel School of Medicine in the Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She completed her residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and her MPH in Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont. She has worked in diverse OEM settings including as a staff physician, researcher, disability review consultant, impartial medical examiner, and expert witness.