Karen S Rheuban

Karen S Rheuban, MD

Cardiology: Pediatric
Call 434.982.3635
Primary Location:
University Hospital

1215 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:
ABMS Certification:
Pediatrics, 1979; Pediatric Cardiology, 1981
Research Interests:

Congestive heart failure|Telemedicine|Continuing medical education and faculty development

Clinical Practice:
Kawasaki Disease, Pericarditis- Pediatric, Pediatric Heart Conditions

Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs; Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine


Dr. Karen Schulder Rheuban serves as professor of pediatrics, senior associate dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs and director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia. As a pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Rheuban provides care to patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. Dr. Rheuban is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Telemedicine Association. She is listed in the "Best Doctors in America" database, and was profiled in the National Library of Medicine's exhibit "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians."

The Office of Telemedicine of the University of Virginia serves as the hub of a 153-site telemedicine network funded, in part, by federal grants from the USDA, the US Department of Commerce and HRSA, by state grants in partnership with VDH and the Governor’s office, funding from the Federal Communications Commission, and with corporate and foundation grants. The UVA Office of Telemedicine has supported more than 100,000 patient services in Virginia, and thousands of hours of health professional and patient education. UVA Telemedicine is engaged in additional global health outreach.

Dr. Rheuban is a past president of the American Telemedicine Association, a board member of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and she is the board chair of the Virginia Telehealth Network. She is a trustee of the Swinfen Charitable Trust, an international telemedicine charity. She is a member of the Virginia Board of Medicine ad-hoc working group on telemedicine.

Dr. Rheuban has previously presented congressional testimony regarding telehealth to five committees within the US House of Representatives. In 2010, her efforts led to the passage of a sweeping telemedicine reimbursement bill in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, she worked collaboratively with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to change CMS regulations regarding the credentialing and privileging of telehealth practitioners and to redefine "rural" for purposes of Medicare reimbursement of telehealth.

Dr. Rheuban is the PI on the HRSA funded Mid Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center grant serving 8 states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, she chaired the Institute of Medicine Workshop on Telehealth. She was nominated by the Medical Society of Virginia and appointed to serve on the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid), which she currently chairs.

  • 2011-2020 Best Doctors in America® List
Ohio State University, 1974
Pediatrics, University of Virginia
Pediatric Cardiology, University of Virginia