Spotlight on Dr. Karen Keough

by ih-chi admin

Dr. Karen Keough is one of Child Neurology Consultant’s expert epilepotologists (now say that fast three times!).

She earned her bachelor of science in psychology at the College of William & Mary, and then received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Keough completed her pediatrics residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, where she served as chief resident. She later pursued a fellowship in pediatric neurology at Duke University then spent three years in the Air Force as a child neurologist. Following her service in the Air Force, Dr. Keough fulfilled an additional fellowship in electroencephalography and epilepsy at Baylor University School of Medicine.

While Dr. Keough’s primary clinical focus is refractory epilepsy, she continues to actively practice general child neurology in hospital settings and works extensively with student trainees to stay up-to-date on other neurological conditions.

She initiated the child neurology residency program at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Austin and currently serves as its program director.

Additionally, Dr. Keough is active with several professional groups and committees, including:

•             ACGME-developing an evaluation system for residency training

•             ABPN-currently serving on a content development committee for the Child Neurology Board Certification exam

•             Professors of Child Neurology-currently serving as Regional Councilor

•             Child Neurology Society-currently serving as the Chairperson of the Educational Special Interest Group

•             The Comprehensive Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic-developed this regional Austin location with national accreditation and continues to serve as Co-Director (along adult neurology counterpart Dr. Deborah Briggs)

Dr. Keough is also the recipient of numerous national and regional awards from the medical community. 

She was recently named Chief Medical Officer for Compassionate Cultivation, one of three businesses in Texas licensed to grow, process and dispense cannabidiol medicine. In addition, Dr. Keough regularly participates in medical clinics in Kenya, through HEAL Kenya, a volunteer group affiliated with the Austin-based non-profit Ubuntu Foundation. 

Outside of the office, Dr. Keough’s husband is a pilot in the United States Marine Reserves. His two recent deployments, coupled with her career in the Air Force, ensure there is no shortage of proud patriotism in the Keough household.

In her spare time, Dr. Keough enjoys spending time with her family in Austin as well as her grown children and loved ones on the East Coast.  Later on this year, she will add hotelier to her impressive resume as she opens a bed and breakfast in Dripping Springs.

For more on Dr. Keough, please visit her bio right here.