Karen Pipkin, MS,ACNP-C, FNP-C
Karen Pipkin, CRNP joined Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in June 2014 as the lead Nurse Practitioner for the SpineToday program. The SpineToday program was developed to provide high quality care and quick access for patients of all ages through an initial evaluation by our Nurse Practitioner, Karen. SpineToday has a coordinated team of Spine Surgeons, Physiatrist, Interventionalist Physician, Physical Therapists, and a Spine Nurse Navigator. Within the SpineToday program, Karen evaluates patients with various neck and back problems, determines a diagnosis, and then orders the most appropriate treatment, which can vary from a referral to Physical Therapy, an MRI, medication, or a prompt referral to one of our specialized Spine Doctors.
Karen graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with Academic Honors in 1986. For the next 12 years, Karen worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Shock Trauma, and Anne Arundel Medical Center in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, and Women’s Health.
In 1998, Karen graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters of Science as a Nurse Practitioner. After graduation, Karen became Nationally Board Certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. After graduation, Karen became one of the first Nurse Practitioners at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Hospitalists Program where she gained valuable Inpatient Internal Medicine experience, and later worked in the Emergency Department.
The primary focus of Karen’s Nurse Practitioner career has been in Orthopaedics. Karen has 10 years of Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner experience, with two of those years completely focused on Spine Care, where she also served as a First Surgical Assistant for Spine Surgery in the Operating Room.
Karen grew up in the Annapolis area, and has two grown daughters in the area as well. Karen is a sports enthusiast. She is in the Athletic Hall of Fame at Archbishop Spalding, played basketball and lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, and then came back to the Annapolis area to coach multiple youth sports in the county, and club women’s lacrosse for over 15 years.