I have practiced in the Seattle area since 2006. I was born and educated in Philadelphia, From 1994-2005, I maintained a private solo practice in Missouri, and served as Medical Director of the Heartland Regional Medical Center Wound Care Program, which received a commendation from the Joint Commission for its inception. My practice, Seattle Plastic Surgery, focuses on breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face and body. I also consult on the management of complex wounds upon physician request. This year (2012), I was delighted to develop my Karen B. Vaniver, MD, Breast and Body Recovery Serum. This all natural product was developed for my breast cancer reconstruction patients. It aids in reducing scarring and capsule formation after breast and body surgery.
I've served on numerous national committees, including the Speakers Bureau of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I am a consultant, speaker and researcjer for Lifecell Corporation. I've has presented her work at national meetings, and is the author of several publications. I'm a graduate of the Pathways to Leadership program of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
I am an exhibited photographer and painter. My essays on women in plastic surgery and the role of spiritual practice in plastic surgery have been published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A dedicated traveler, I've worked internationally with Interplast, a not-for-profit organization, providing free reconstructive surgery for children. I facilitate a support group named "Girltalk", which uses breast cancer as a stimulus for positive life growth, and I write a blog, entitled "Cancer Made Me Nice", on Blogger.com. My new goal is to write a book about my experiences as a surgeon and a patient.