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The community invests in Dell Med. In return, it’s our responsibility — one we take seriously — to be agents for change and to show real impact.
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Creating a New Kind of Doctor
We recruit and train physician leaders as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as caring for individual patients.
Improving Care. Improving Health.
We’re here to make health — including health care — better. The end goal is a complete revolution in how people get and stay healthy.
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We reward creative thinking and encourage rapid experimentation, using collaborative programs to speed promising research to market.
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Let’s Do Big Things Together
True health demands that the whole work in harmony, which is why we’re dedicated to partnership. Indeed, we can’t achieve our goals without it.
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Meet Dell Med
We’re rethinking the role of academic medicine in improving health — and doing so with a unique focus on our community.
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Patient Care People Give

Karen Keough, M.D.


Johns Hopkins University


Residency, Child Neurology
Duke University Medical Center

Fellowship, Neurophysiology
Baylor University School of Medicine


Karen Keough earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at the College of William & Mary where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. She also studied molecular biology at Hood College. She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she was nominated to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She completed her pediatrics residency at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center, where she also served as chief of residents.

Following her residency, Keough pursued a fellowship in pediatric neurology at Duke University. After three years in the Air Force as a child neurologist, she completed an additional fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at Baylor University School of Medicine. She then returned to Wilford Hall Medical Center to serve as director of epilepsy services and chief of child neurology. She maintains board certification in pediatrics, neurology with special qualification in child neurology and epilepsy.

Keough initiated the Child Neurology Residency program at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas and serves as its program director. Additionally, she holds the position of chair of the Child Neurology Society Educational Special Interest Group and serves on the Neurology Child Examination Committee for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Keough founded and functions as co-director of the Comprehensive Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic in Austin. Her primary clinical focus is refractory epilepsy, though she continues to participate actively in the general child neurology hospital service to work with trainees and maintain her edge for treating other clinical neurologic conditions.

Keough has lived and worked in Austin since 2006.