Karen Rhea, MD – Chief Medical Officer

Karen Rhea serves as Chief Medical Officer in Tennessee. In this role, Dr. Rhea oversees Centerstone’s medical services and ensures that Centerstone’s psychiatric services are effectively integrated within programs.

Dr. Rhea has been at Centerstone since 2002 and has been interested in the use of psychotropic medications in community mental health settings, integration of related physical health parameters, research relationships with academic researchers, providing evidence-supported treatments that work, and in the leadership role of psychiatrists in community behavioral healthcare. She has also been a long-time facilitator of the Vanderbilt-Centerstone collaboration around teaching, research and clinical care.

Dr. Rhea received her MD with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.