Karen Antell, M.D., MPH, FAAFP

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Karen Antell, M.D., MPH, FAAFP

Karen Antell, M.D., MPH, FAAFP

Director of Maternity and Women’s Health Education

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Menopause Transition Care
  • Contraception Training
  • Family Medicine Obstetrical Care
  • Maternity Care Education
  • School-based Health


  • MPH, UIC School of Public Health
  • Residency, West Suburban Center For Primary Care
  • M.D., Medical School, Yale University School of Medicine

Karen Antell, M.D., MPH, FAAFP

Director of Maternity and Women’s Health Education

Dr. Karen Antell is a women’s health expert, and one of the rare family physicians with OB/GYN privileges, and supervises both family medicine and OB/GYN residents. In addition to overseeing maternity and women's health education, Dr. Antell also is a family medicine residency faculty physician and the medical director for OB/GYN residency.


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Media Appearances

Set It and Forget It: How Better Contraception Could Be a Key to Reducing Poverty

2018-12-18 , The New York Times
Doctors and health officials in Delaware say they emphasize that patients can choose any contraceptive — or reject them all. “We’re never trying to twist anyone’s arm — never,” said Dr. Karen Antell, a family physician at Christiana Care Health System, who sees patients and helps train other physicians.

Delaware sees a drop in state’s high unplanned-pregnancy rate

2019-07-03 , Whyy.org
Karen Antell, a physician with Christiana Care Health System, said that prior to DelawareCan, to get an IUD a patient first had a consultation and then was required to return at another date for the insertion. Sometimes, patients would not return.
Selected Papers and Publications

Contraception Update: Sterilization

Female sterilization procedures include postpartum partial salpingectomy via cesarean or minilaparotomy incision, interval laparoscopic procedures, or hysteroscopic placement of microinserts. Rates of failure and serious complications are low and comparable among the various methods.

Contraception Update: Intrauterine Devices

Copper-containing and hormonal intrauterine devices (IUD) are long-acting, highly effective contraceptive methods. They can be used safely by nulliparous patients, adolescents, patients with history of ectopic pregnancy, and patients with risk factors for sexually transmitted infections or a history of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
External Service and Affiliations
  • North American Menopause Society: Certified Menopause Practitioner
  • Upstream.org: Clinician Trainer