Karen Laugel, | Pediatrics | MedStar Health

Karen Laugel, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Pediatrics

Languages: English


About me

Dr. Laugel is the Medical Director of MedStar Health Concussion Clinics. She is a Howard University Medical School graduate and trained in pediatrics at the University of Connecticut-Connecticut Children's Medical Center. She is Board Cerfied in Pediatrics and founded and directed a general pediatric practice for three decades. She then trained in concussion management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program and launched a regional concussion care practice in Connecticut from 2012-2018. She created a state-wide non-profit community outreach program from 2013-2018 for concussion education and prevention, and developed a state model for transitioning children with TBI back to school. She built and staffed a national online data bank in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics to track and analyze incidents of head injury in children 5-22 years of age from 2012-2018. After moving to Maryland in 2018, she became the director of HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care at Righttime Medical Care and then joined MedStar in 2020, providing concussion care for children and adults.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Cervical Spine Injury
  • Concussion
  • Concussion Testing
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Head Trauma
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Sprain
  • Sports Related Concussion
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormalities Of The Eyes
  • Abusive Head Trauma
  • Cervical Spine Injury
  • Concussion
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Head Trauma
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Sprain
  • Novel Coronavirus
  • Sports Related Concussion
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Procedures I perform

  • Concussion Testing
  • Fitness And Exercise
  • Neurocognitive Testing
  • Novel Coronavirus Testing
  • Novel Coronavirus Vaccine
  • Novel Coronavirus Vaccine Booster
  • Visual Field Testing
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Practice locations

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20 University Boulevard East
Silver Spring, MD, 20901


Fax 301-593-3702

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Fax 301-593-3702


MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO"
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)"
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)"
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Tricare Prime
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • First Health PPO
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus


Residency Program: University of Connecticut (1984)

Internship Program: University of Connecticut (1982)

Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine (1981)


  • Dr. Laugel was the CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) Grant Award recipent, May 2017; an American Academy of Pediatrics program which supported her project: "Building concussion management teams and policies in New Haven schools with school-based health centers (K-8 and high school)."  

News and publications

Dr. Laugel was appointed by the Governor in 2014 to the Connecticut Governor's Task Force on Concussion in Youth Sports.

Dr. Laugel is the author of two books on concussion management: "Sports Specific Return to Play Protocols: Age Five Years Through Adult," and "Ten Steps to Better After a Head Injury."

She is a contributing author to the Connecticut State Department of Education's "Concussion Education Plan and Guidelines for Connecticut Schools," first published in 2015.