Karen Myers Retires from Dermatology

April 9, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

Karen Delaney Myers is retiring from U-M on April 16, 2021. Karen joined the Department of Dermatology in 1998 as a psoriasis study coordinator. As her work responsibilities grew and job titles changed during her more than 20 years of service, Karen has consistently embodied Michigan Medicine’s core values of caring, inclusion, integrity, teamwork, and innovation. She has provided outstanding administrative support for the Department of Dermatology’s research programs and cancer center labs, helping countless dermatology faculty, staff, and trainees navigate everything from simple day-to-day matters to complicated Human Resource and visa and immigration issues. Karen also has overseen numerous complex research grants, from pre-award preparation to submission through grant management and post-award reporting needs. She was deeply committed to the department and frequently went “above and beyond,” whether that meant working into the evening and on weekends to support deadlines, or helping recruits settle into their new positions and new Ann Arbor home.

Everyone who has reached out to Karen for information and assistance has been met with a friendly face and unwaveringly positive attitude, and they were always treated with kindness and respect. She has been an exemplary ambassador for Dermatology in all her interactions with other U-M departments, centers, and training programs. Innumerable visiting professors and faculty recruits have expressed their gratitude for how well Karen had carefully organized and orchestrated their visits and for her warmth and personal touch.

All of us who have been the fortunate recipients of Karen’s genuine compassion and good nature will miss her deeply, but we are happy that she will now be able to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests. We all wish her much joy and fulfillment during this next phase of her life and are grateful for all that she has done for the department and medical school during her many years of service.