Karen Serrano, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

 Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Karen Serrano, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Medical School

  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago


  • Emergency Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Madison, WI

Board Certification

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Professional Societies and Memberships

  • Member, ACEP
  • Member, AAEM
  • Member, ACEP Education Committee
  • Member, Hospital Infection Control Committee, UNC

Special Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Selected Publications

  • Serrano K, Fruhan S, Pulmonary infections. In Brown, DF, ed. Scientific American emergency medicine [online].  Hamilton (ON): Decker Intellectual Properties. [In press].
  • Serrano, K. Abdominal and pelvic pain. In Rosh, A, ed. Emergency Medicine PreTest Self-Assessment & Review, 4th Ed. McGraw Hill. [In press].
  • Mottram A, Serrano K. Cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation: Recent advances in management approach for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In Jagadeesh, Balakumar, and Maung,, eds. Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy of Cardiovascular Disease. Springer-Verlag,Springer-Verlag, 2015: 1135-1147.
  • Serrano K. Critical decisions in emergency medicine: Reactive airway emergencies in pediatric patients. ACEP News. June 2014.
  • Serrano K, Tupesis J. Small bowel obstruction from potato and broccoli bezoar mimicking mesenteric ischemia. J Emerg Med. 2013 Jan;44::79-81.
  • Serrano K, Westergaard, Ryan. Diagnosis and management of acute HIV in the emergency department. Emergency Medicine Reports. 2012 July;33(16).
  • Serrano K. E-professionalism: Implications of social media on professionalism in medicine. SAEM Newsletter. March/April 2012.
  • Serrano K. Change of shift: Back from the dead. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Nov;58(5):494-5.
  • Serrano K. Change of shift: On being a resident and a mom. Ann Emerg Med. 2010 May;55(5):481-482.
  • Serrano K, Rebella G, Sansone J, Kim M. A rare case of posterior interosseous nerve palsy associated with radial head fracture. J Emerg Med. 2012;43(2):e115-7.
  • Serrano K. Women residents, women physicians, and medicine’s future. Wisconsin Medical Journal. 2007 Aug;106(5):260-265.
  • Curlin F, Serrano K, Baker M, Carricaburu S, Smucker D, Chin M. Following the call: How providers make sense of their decisions to work in faith-based and secular urban community health centers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2006 Nov;17(4):944-957.

Special Interests

  • Medical writing
  • Boards review
  • Airway and critical care resuscitation