Karen Laugel, | Pediatrics | MedStar Health

Karen Laugel, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: 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

  • Headache
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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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2401 Brandermill Boulevard
Suite 100
Gambrills, MD, 21054


Fax 443-332-4267

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Fax 443-332-4267

20 University Boulevard East
Silver Spring, MD, 20901

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20 University Boulevard East
Silver Spring, MD, 20901


Fax 301-593-3702

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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
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus


  • 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.