Karen S. Playforth, MD

Clinical interests

  • Birthing Center
  • Electromyography
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Induction of Labor

Karen S. Playforth, MD


My name is Karen Playforth; I joined UK HealthCare from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, where I have been since 2001. During my time at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, I completed a residency and fellowship and went on to work as an OB-GYN attending physician.

Prior to that, I completed my undergraduate work at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., and received my medical degree from the UK College of Medicine.

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Faculty rank

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology


University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, New York

St. Luke's Hospital, New York

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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A small miracle: team effort helps UK nurses and their high-risk baby beat odds

Natasha and Alan Hendren led a quiet life. The young couple met seven years ago working at UK Good Samaritan Hospital. They married five years ago, worked, went to school – Natasha, now 29 and an RN, to finish her bachelor’s degree, and Alan, 28, and a nursing tech, to earn nursing degree. Beyond work, they mostly kept to themselves.

“We used to joke that if we wanted to have a party, who would we invite?” said Natasha. 

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