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 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago

Karen T. McDonald, RN


Nurse Coordinator – Device Clinic


Diploma, St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Evanston, IL - 1969
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL - 1990


Registered Nurse (RN)

Clinical Focus:

Electrophysiology - Implantable cardiac devices and rhythm management

Contact Information:

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute 1-866-662-8467 (toll free)

Biographical Sketch:

Karen works in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her primary clinical focus is in the care and education of patients after they receive an implantable cardiac device. She has been involved in cardiac rhythm management for over 20 years.

After graduation from St. Francis in 1969, she worked at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago in the intensive care unit for nine years. In 1978 she continued her nursing career at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois in the medical intensive care unit and then transferred to the cardiac device clinic where she worked with patients with cardiac devices, functioned as a study coordinator for device clinical research trials, facilitated a patient support group and was involved in cardiac device education for medical personnel. In 1998, and again in 2008, she became a certified cardiac device specialist through the Heart Rhythm Society. From 2001-2010 Karen managed the Device Clinic at the University of Chicago where she continued to treat patients with implantable cardiac devices and expanded her role as a medical educator.

In 2010 Karen moved to the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute where she continues to work with patients with implanted cardiac devices. She is responsible for device evaluation and education of patients and families on device care and maintenance. Karen is working to facilitate the merger of the Pacemaker Clinic and Defibrillator Clinic at Northwestern into one device clinic. Karen has lecturer at local conferences on topics related to implantable cardiac devices.

Karen finds her greatest satisfaction in working with her patients and helping them to obtain the best health outcome possible.