Karey M. Sutton, PhD
Director for Health Equity Research Workforce
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Karey M. Sutton, PhD, is a Director for Health Equity Research Workforce at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Sutton works to help build AAMC member institutions’ capacity to conduct solutions-focused health equity research by identifying levers of change, building strategic partnerships, and incentivizing action. She is also responsible for leading efforts to increase the health equity research workforce by developing a vision, strategy, and resources which will aid in engagement and active participation from diverse groups of individuals, particularly by URM faculty and students, in AAMC health equity projects. As the director of health equity research workforce, Dr. Sutton created and launched the AAMC CHARGE (Collaborative for Health equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence) which now has a membership of over 450 individuals, developed resources to help academic medical centers partner with communities to address injustice and community health needs and has continued to lead the maternal mortality and morbidity disparities work across the AAMC.
Dr. Sutton is passionate and committed to building the evidence base needed to minimize health and health care inequities. She serves on various committees and taskforces including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panel for the maternal morbidity electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) and the Prince George's County Healthcare Action Coalition. Prior to joining the AAMC, Dr. Sutton worked as a research fellow at the Center for Genomics in Society at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Her research investigated the challenges and opportunities for engaging underrepresented communities in genomics research, with emphasis on minority participation in population-based biobanking.
Dr. Sutton received undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Classical Civilization from Howard University and her PhD in Science and Technology Policy from Virginia Tech where she was awarded the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Ruth Kirschstein Minority Predoctoral Fellowship.