Karen Winkfield MD, PhD
Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
- Board-certified radiation oncologist specializing in the treatment of hematologic and breast malignancies
- A sought-after health equity consultant
- Co-host of 3 Black Docs, a weekly podcast dedicated to educating the community about health and health disparities
Connect with Dr. Winkfield
Dr. Karen Winkfield grew up on Long Island, NY and is a graduate of Binghamton University. She earned her MD and PHD degrees from Duke University and completed her training in radiation oncology at Harvard University in Boston. Dr. Winkfield is a board-certified radiation oncologist specializing in the treatment of hematologic and breast malignancies.
An expert in health policy and community engaged research, she is a sought-after health equity consultant whose goal is to create sustainable institutional change while empowering individuals, families and communities to advocate for their right to health and well-being.
Dr. Winkfield was recently appointed Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance. She enjoys travel and fine dining. Dr. Winkfield also cohosts 3 Black Docs, a weekly podcast dedicated to educating the community about health and health disparities in an approachable and entertaining way.
There are so many ways to equalize cancer care among underserved communities, as long as we’re willing to partner with them and not be seen as an outside entity.
Experience & Accolades
- Radiation Oncology
- Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
- Executive Director, 2020-Present
- Wake Forest University
- Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, 2016-2020
- Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Director, Office of Cancer Health Equity, 2016-2020
- Wake Forest Baptist Health
- Associate Director for Community Outreach & Engagement, 2016-2020
- Harvard Medical School
- Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, 2012-2016
- Instructor of Radiation Oncology, 2010-2012
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Director, Hematologic Radiation Oncology, 2012-2016
Awards and Distinctions
- Patient Advocate Award, Cancer Services, Winston Salem, 2020
- Health Hero Award for Advocacy, 2018
- The Duke Medical Alumni Association Emerging Leader Award, 2017
- Sojourner Truth Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc., 2016
- Women Leading the Way to Wellness Award, American Cancer Society, 2015
- The One Hundred Award, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2014
- Why Racial Justice Matters in Radiation Oncology. Chapman CH, Gabeau D, Pinnix CC, et al.
- In Response to Comment On: Why Racial Justice Matters in Radiation Oncology. Gibbs IC, Chapman CH, Gabeau D, et al.
Preparing for breast cancer radiation therapy on the left side with Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD
LBBC conversation with radiation oncologist Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, about the importance of protecting the heart during radiation therapy, and the technology and techniques that have been developed to make radiation therapy safe.
What you need to know about breast cancer, with “3 Black Docs”
Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD; Tiffany Avery, MD, MPH; and Zanetta Lamar, MD, are the hosts of “3 Black Docs,” a weekly podcast where they explore health, community, and life over cocktails. In this interview, they discuss the basics of breast cancer for Black women. Available as video, audio, and in a transcript.