Karen Pellegrin

Karen Pellegrin

Karen Pellegrin, PhD, MBA

Board Member

Dr. Pellegrin has over 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare quality, strategy, research, and education. Since joining the University of Hawai’i at Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy in 2008, she garnered more than $30,000,000 in competitive federal grants in healthcare innovation. In 2010, she was named Founding Director of the Center for Rural Health Science. Prior to joining the College, she served for over seven years as an executive for Compass Point Research, a corporation with three subsidiaries providing clinical trials management and ethics review services and technology throughout the US. There she served as Vice President for Quality Management and Strategic Planning, Chief Compliance Officer, and then as its President. She began her career at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she served as a member of the MUSC Medical Center management team and junior faculty member. Dr. Pellegrin has her Master’s degree from The Citadel, Doctorate’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida, and did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quality Management & Health Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2006, she and her husband moved from Charleston, South Carolina to East Hawai’i with their cats. Pellegrin serves on the Community Engagement & Legislative and the Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Committees.