Karen M. Landers, MD
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Dr. Karen Landers graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1977 and completed her residency at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in 1980.  As a pediatrician and public health officer, Dr. Landers has a career long interest in CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiologic, nuclear, and explosive) and EID (emerging infectious diseases).  She has attended training in many settings including the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education/Radiation Emergency Assistance Center Training Site, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Management of Humanitarian Emergencies, the Department of Justice Center for Domestic Preparedness, the Center for Disaster Healthcare Preparedness, the National Ebola Training Center, and the CDC.  Dr. Landers is on the Alabama EMS Advisory Board for Children and is an Emergency Preparedness Ambassador for Children with the American Academy of Pediatrics. 


Dr. Landers works in support of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and the Bureau of Communicable Diseases.  She provided medical consultation for shelter evacuees from both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Gustav.  She responded to the April 27, 2011 tornadoes for which she received a Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Landers has worked in a number of EID responses in Alabama including post 9/11, H1N1, Ebola, Zika, and COVID 19.  Currently, as part of the COVID 19 response, Dr. Landers is one of two physician advisors to the ADPH Scientific Response Section and is the medical advisor to the ADPH Media Team.


Dr. Landers has been involved in TB Control for her entire career and worked internationally in the CDC's TB and Leprosy Free Project in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  In February, 2020, Dr. Landers was recognized as a U.S. TB Elimination Champion by CDC for her advocacy to prevent TB and combat drug resistant TB.  Dr. Landers is a passionate advocate for immunization and combating vaccine preventable diseases.  She has been recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics for her advocacy to reduce vaccine exemptions in Alabama.  She recently collaborated with the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to record PSAs reminding parents to not neglect childhood immunizations during COVID 19.