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Karen Schiavo, RN, MS, AANP

Patient Care Philosophy

“I believe in working together with patients’ and their families/significant other(s) to accomplish a desired goal, along with providing the highest quality care, compassion, and understanding of their individual needs.”

Education and Training

  • Bachelor’s Degree: College of St. Benedict, 1993
  • Master’s Degree: DePaul University, 2006
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification (AANP), 2006
  • Advanced Oncology Certification, 2008

Practice Profile

Karen Schiavo is an adult nurse practitioner with advanced oncology certification. “My mother was a nurse for many years. I was always intrigued by her work and love of caring for patients,” she says.

During nursing school, Karen was awarded an externship on the oncology unit at a local hospital near her parents’ home. She quickly realized the specialty of oncology nursing was a perfect fit for her.

At SCCA there are many opportunities for patients to participate in clinical research. Karen works as a sub-investigator on several clinical studies at SCCA and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “I look forward to the opportunity of learning more with the hope of advancing the field with the research underway at this institution,” she says.

Oncology is a continuously changing field. “I strongly advocate and strive to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection,” she says, “through research, education, and community outreach.

“Cancer prevention requires recognition of risk and intervention to reduce risk,” she says. “The participation in prevention trials is one avenue to perhaps enhance our knowledge and raise awareness to better serve our patients and communities.”

Outside of work, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, reading, traveling, and relaxing at the beach.