Karen D. Horvath, MD, received her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, and completed her residency in general surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She completed a research fellowship in colorectal surgery and clinical fellowships in surgical critical care and laparoscopic surgery. Dr Horvath is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is presently a professor of surgery, residency program director, and associate chair for education in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in the surgical management of necrotizing pancreatitis.