Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH
Dr. Joynt Maddox joined the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Social Work on July 1, 2017.
Dr. Joynt Maddox is a health services and health policy researcher focused on improving the way quality in healthcare is measured and rewarded. She thinks of her research in three major themes: 1) improving the measurement of the quality and efficiency of physicians, hospitals and health systems; 2) understanding the impact of policy interventions on health care, with a focus on value-based and alternative payment models; and 3) reducing disparities in care, with a focus on vulnerable populations including racial and ethnic minorities, individuals living in poverty, individuals with disabilities, frail elders, and those in rural areas.
Dr. Joynt Maddox has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications, and received multiple grants focused on issues in health policy. She serves as the Associate Editor for health policy at the Journal of the American Medical Association, and is a member of committees related to quality, policy, and disparities at the National Quality Forum, American College of Cardiology, and American Heart Association. She is currently a health policy advisor for BJC Healthcare, and in this capacity works with system leadership on issues related to quality, safety, and disparities as they relate to the national policy landscape.
Clinically, she rounds on the general cardiology inpatient service and the cardiology consult service at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her teaching responsibilities are largely related to clinical teaching during rotations, and in the past she has also lectured in health economics and health policy courses.