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(Harrisburg, Pa.) Karen A. Rizzo, MD, FACS, an otolaryngologist/ENT in Lancaster, was elected by her peers to serve as vice president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).
Dr. Rizzo will serve one year as vice president. Afterwards, she becomes president-elect for one year. In October 2014, she’ll take over as president of the statewide organization. Dr. Rizzo was elected to the position of vice president during the organization’s annual statewide meeting held in Hershey, Pa., on October 27.

A 27-year member of PAMED, she served on its board of trustees from 2003 to 2011 as a surgical specialty trustee. She was vice chair of the board from 2009 to 2011. Currently, Dr. Rizzo is a member of PAMED’s Political Advocacy Counsel, Task Force of state of Medicine, and Task Force to Improve Governance Processes and Structures. She also has aided several other counsels in the past and served as the chair of the Specialty Leadership Cabinet from 2009 to 2011.

Since becoming a physician, Dr. Rizzo has been active in several medical organizations and has made humanitarian trips to Vietnam, South Africa, and Egypt. In addition to being a member of PAMED, she holds memberships in the American Medical Association and was president of Lancaster City & County Medical Society from 2008 to 2010. She was also president of the state chapter of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery from 2001 to 2003, and a member of the Keystone Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Outside of organized medicine, Dr. Rizzo is an active alumna of Villanova University. She was inducted into the Philadelphia Big Five and Villanova University Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dr. Rizzo is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, currently practices medicine at Lancaster Ear, Nose, and Throat. In addition, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Villanova University.

She and her husband Jay, a general dentist, reside in Lancaster. They have two daughters, Nicole and Marci.
Published March 16, 2013, Council PA Chapter of the ACP

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