The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is proud to honor Karen Watson, MD, FACOG, with the Superhero of Medicine Award during its Annual Dinner, Health and Harmony, on April 14 in Madison at Monona Terrace. The Superhero of Medicine Award is presented annually to recognize physicians who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the health of their community.
Dr. Watson is an OB-GYN at Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - St. Joseph’s Campus and leads efforts for continuous improvement regarding maternal and infant health and has implemented innovative models for hospital-based care for obstetric patients. She is well respected by her peers for promoting and sustaining clinical excellence, performance improvement and patient safety. Dr. Watson is a hero for her championing of Blanket of Love (a social-support program that helps expectant mothers and families from pregnancy to beyond their baby’s first birthday), her efforts that led to a reduction of primary c-sections reducing complications, injuries and deaths and her generosity in sharing her time and expertise with health professionals across the state to improve the care and treatment of OB-GYN patients.
This award comes with a donation made in honor of the recipient to the non-profit of their choosing. The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is pleased to present a donation in honor of Dr. Watson to Bread of Healing Clinic, a free medical clinic designed to serve low-income people who experience barriers to accessing ongoing health care. Barbara Horner-Ibler, MD, M.Div., MSW, Executive Director and Physician of the Bread of Healing Clinic was thrilled to hear that Dr. Watson would be recognized for her work. She notes, “We take our clinic name from the Hebrew Scriptures, ‘Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.’ (Ecclesiastes 11:1) It is a recognition that we all give and receive from the waters of life. Dr. Watson’s designation of the Bread of Healing Clinic as the recipient of her award dollars is an example of one such gift! We will hope to use it well to make more gifts available to others downstream.”
Mark your calendar for Friday, April 14, 2023, to hear from Dr. Watson and celebrate her profound work. The theme for our event is Health and Harmony. In addition to the award recognition, there will be a great social time with colleagues, a lively raffle and wine pull and time to tap and sing along to the fabulously fun and talented, Piano Fondue, Dueling Pianos. We will recognize several other notable physicians in the state, including incoming Wisconsin Medical Society President Don Lee, MD. Dr. Watson will also be participating on a panel about Maternal and Infant Health Inequity during the CME portion of Health and Harmony.
Proceeds from this event support health initiatives across the state and our well-trained and dedicated physician workforce in Wisconsin. To partner with the Foundation as a sponsor, click here or contact Mikaela Powers. To purchase individual tickets, click here.