Karen Crowell, M.L.I.S.: Clinical Information Specialist

Clinical Information Specialist

Office Hours

Available for consultations, in my office or yours:

Monday 9 - 5

Tuesday 1 - 5

Wednesday 10 - 5

Thursday 9 - 5

Friday 9 - 4

Call to schedule an appointment, or use Ask a Librarian to submit a request.



BA, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
MLIS, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL


Karen worked in hospital settings (inventory and materials management) for nearly fifteen years before she earned a graduate degree in Library and Information Science. She has used that experience to her advantage in her career as a library information professional. A jointly-funded UNC School of Library and  Information Sciences/National Library of Medicine fellowship in medical informatics at the UNC Health Sciences Library gave her the opportunity to research the use of mobile technology in health care and learn more about information systems and applications in the clinical environment. 

Current Position

Karen serves as the library's liaison to clinical departments in the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Health Care System.  She attends case conferences and performs literature searches in support of patient care and research for the attendings, fellows, residents, medical students and staff in Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgical Oncology, and Urology divisions of General Surgery. She attends Surgery Research conferences and provides assistance with various steps of the research process, from bibliographic management and case reports to publications, presentations and systematic reviews.  She and other HSL librarians also partner with physicians in the UNC Family Medicine Department to provide good quality health information to listeners of the Your Health Radio show.

Research Interests

Physician-patient communication, electronic health records, consumer access to health information, and clinical decision support at the point of care. 

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Publications and Presentations

Kirby EW, Wiener LE, Rajanahally S, Crowell K, Coward RM. "Undergoing varicocele repair before assisted reproduction improves pregnancy rate and live birth rate in azoospermic and oligospermic men with a varicocele: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Fertility and Sterility. 2016;12. pii: S0015-0282(16)62523-2.

Smith AB, Crowell K, Woods ME, Wallen EM, Pruthi RS, Nielsen ME, Lee CT. "Functional Outcomes Following Radical Cystectomy in Women with Bladder Cancer: A Systematic Review"  European Urology Focus. [Published Online June 2016]

Shaheen NJ, Falk GW, Iyer PG, Gerson LB; American College of Gastroenterology. "ACG Clinical Guideline: Diagnosis and Management of Barrett's Esophagus."  American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2016;111(1):30-50.

Feng M., McMillan D., Crowell K., Muss H., Nielsen ME., Smith A. "Geriatric assessment in surgical oncology: a systematic review." Journal of Surgical Research. 2015;3(1):265-72.

Crowell K, Vardell E. "ClinicalAccess: a clinical decision support tool."  Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2015;34(2):215-23.

Jones C, Handler L, Crowell K, Keil L, Weaver M, Platts-Mills T. "Nonpublication of large randomized clinical trials: cross-sectional analysis." BMJ. 2013;347:16104. 

Crowell K., Renner B., Ladd R., Richardson L., Silbajoris C., Handler L. "Listening to YOUR HEALTH: Librarians and Physicians Collaborating on the Radio and Online.Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 2013;13(3):258-69.


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