Karen Rhea, MD
Expertise: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatrics
Dr. Karen Ann Hendrix Rhea is chief medical officer and represents internal and external behavioral and psychiatric health services for Centerstone of Tennessee, a community mental health with focus on those with severe mental illness. She is especially interested in integration of behavioral and physical health care at the organizational level. She is the psychiatrist member of the TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee, a member of the national Behavioral Health Subcommittee and the national Behavioral Health Pharmacy Subcommittee for Anthem (Wellpoint). She has also served on state committees on child welfare and adult and child mental health and provider groups for managed care insurance companies in Tennessee. Dr. Rhea received her MD degree with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed a residency in pediatrics. She returned to do a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, a research fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry and a residency in general psychiatry. Dr. Rhea is triple-boarded in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, secretary of Tennessee Chapter of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, a member of American Osteopathic Association and a National Association of Mental Illness-Exemplary Psychiatrist.