Dr. Karen Kaufman is a board certified Allergist Immunologist, specializing in the personalized and compassionate care of adult and pediatric patients. Dr. Kaufman focuses on a full range of allergic conditions and immunodeficiencies, from prevention and early diagnostics to therapeutic treatments, immunotherapy, and immune globulin replacement.
Dr. Kaufman provides extensive services and advanced diagnostic procedures for the evaluation and treatment of allergic conditions and underlying immune defects predisposing patients to recurrent infections. Some of her special areas of interest include the diagnosis and management of:
- Food allergy
- Atopic dermatitis
- Hives and swelling
- Recurrent infections (ear, sinus, lung)
- Allergic rhinitis
- Drug allergy
Education, Training, and Certification
Dr. Kaufman received a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California, and fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Kaufman is also a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Physicians.
She has been honored as one of the region’s Top Doctors, as voted by other physicians and listed in Washingtonian Magazine in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
A Background of Philanthropy and Service
Dr. Kaufman grew up in suburban Philadelphia, where her parents instilled in her the value of service to others. From her early years of volunteering in the emergency departments of two local hospitals, to participating in and ultimately organizing the largest student-run philanthropy in the world while at Penn State, she was determined to fulfill her dreams of helping others to live better and healthier lives by becoming a doctor.
After graduation and the start of medical school, the world was forever changed by the terror of the 9/11 attacks. At that time more than ever, Dr. Kaufman’s commitment of service to the community and our country drove her to become a commissioned officer in the US Navy, and served as a Navy Physician for the next 10 years. One of the highlights of her Navy career was providing humanitarian medical care in the Caribbean, Central and South America during her deployment on the USNS Comfort hospital ship during the Continuing Promise mission in 2009.
Not only is Dr. Kaufman well known for her bedside manner and dedication to her patients, but also her commitment to medical education. She has taught and trained countless medical students and residents in the disciplines of Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology as an attending physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She has been honored by two residency classes by being named Teacher of the Year. In private practice, Dr. Kaufman carries forward her joy of teaching to the approach she takes with her patients, providing detailed explanations of medical problems and treatment plans, to instill a level of understanding in her patients that is essential to the highest quality of care.
Personal Life and Career Shift
Dr. Kaufman met her husband, a handsome Navy pilot, while they were both stationed on the Gulf Coast. Fast forward several years and some major life changes including marriage, the birth of their two children, and three more moves, the time had come for life to slow down a bit. She made the decision to resign her commission in 2015, and shift her career in the direction of private practice. The Kaufman family set down roots in Vienna, Virginia, to raise their family, and bring Dr. Kaufman’s ideals of service to their new community. Dr. Kaufman joined the Beauregard Allergy + Immunology Center in 2015, to fulfill a need for personalized allergy and immunology care in the area. As a wife and mother, Dr. Kaufman understands the importance of dedicated time with her patients, to ensure a comfortable experience during the visit, and ensure adequate understanding of the plan of care. Her hobbies include fitness and nutrition, learning to play the bass guitar, and spending time with her family and friends.