Karen Patena

Karen Patena

Clinical Associate Professor Emerita, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences


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1919 W. Taylor St., 250 AHSB

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By appointment


Karen Patena is Clinical Associate Professor Emerita. Most recently, she served as clinical associate professor, director of UIC’s Health Information Management programs, and interim associate head of the Department of BHIS. Prior to academia, Karen worked in hospital medical record management as well as systems planning and implementation, and served as a member of the Cerner implementation team at UIC.

Karen has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including the AHIMA Triumph Educator Award; the UIC Silver Circle Award; the Teaching Recognition Award from the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; and multiple UIC College of Applied Health Sciences Excalibur Awards. She is active in HIM professional associations at the national, state and local levels, and has received the Illinois HIM Association’s Distinguished Member and Professional Achievement awards.

Leadership in the Profession

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM), Appointed Member, Panel of Accreditation Surveyors

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Appointed Member, Council on Excellence in Education Workforce Workgroup

Notable Honors

2009 - Fellowship, American Health Information Management Association

2007 - Distinguished Member, Illinois Health Information Management Association

2015 - Outstanding Academic Leadership, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences


MBA, with distinction, Management Information Systems, DePaul University, 1986
BS, Medical Record Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1974