Karen J. Wade, SPHR, serves as Vice President, Research Administrative Services, for the MedStar Health Research Institute. In this role, she directs all people-related functions for an organization comprised of more than 300 associates and 250 active scientists and investigators who perform medical research across MedStar Health's nine hospitals and more than 20 other entities. She serves as Chair of the Institute's Organizational Pride and Spirit Award committees and is a member of the MedStar Health Corporate Human Resources Operational Council.
Karen's responsibilities include fully integrating the human resource function as a strategic partner in the organization's business and communications activities and to implement key performance initiatives. Under her leadership, the human resources department has developed robust programs to increase research institute associate satisfaction, established best-practice standards in recruitment, and raised the retention level for associates across the organization. MedStar Health, including the MedStar Health Research Institute, is a multiple winner of local and regional "Best Places to Work" accolades.
Karen is a graduate of Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, MD, and is actively certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resources Management. In addition, Karen is a graduate of the MedStar Health Executive Development Institute.