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About Karen McCowen, MD

Karen McCowen, MD, is a board-certified endocrinologist. She has a special interest in the management of diabetes in pregnancy, technologies for managing type 1 diabetes, thyroid biopsy and thyroid cancer, and pituitary and adrenal diseases.

Dr. McCowen has been published in numerous publications including American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Current Opinions in Gastroenterology and Nutrition in Clinical Practice.

Before joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. McCowen was a physician in the endocrine divisions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. McCowen completed fellowships in nutrition and metabolism and clinical nutrition from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She also completed fellowship training in metabolism from Joslin Diabetes Center. She completed a clinical fellowship in endocrinology from several facilities in Boston, Massachusetts at Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic and received her medical degree from Trinity College in Ireland. She is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology.

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For more information, see Endocrinology and Diabetes.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted

Degree

  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Fellowship

  • Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA

Fellowship

  • Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Gender

  • Female

Conditions and Treatments

  • Diabetes
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone Disease
  • Transgender Care
  • LGBTQ Care
  • Pituitary Disease
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted