Dr. Karen Forward is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University.
Dr. Forward is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, first earning a BSc in Biology in 2003 and a medical degree in 2007. She completed her pediatric residency training at Western University in 2010, followed by a two-year Clinical Fellowship in Pediatriac Emergency Medicine in 2013.
Following the successful completion of her Fellowship, Dr. Forward accepted an academic appointment at Western University’s Department of Pediatrics where she was an Assistant Professor and a practicing physician in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine with London’s Health Sciences Centre. She continued to work in London until her appointment at McMaster in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Forward holds several scholarly accolades. In 2010 she was the recipient of a Physician Services Incorporated Foundation grant (PSI) of $19,000 for her project, “In Vivo Prednisolone/Prednisone Pharmakokinetic study in Children with Asthma Exacerbations.” She is also the author or co-author of several peer-reviewed publications.
During her tenure at Western, she established a Pediatric Emergency Medicine ‘Refresher Day’; a CME program she developed for physicians across Ontario, including curriculum development and speaker recruitment. Over 150 healthcare workers attended the conference and Western plans to run the program again due to its overwhelming success. Dr. Forward was also involved in a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching opportunities at Western. She is respected by the residents as a clinical expert and excellent teacher.