The Delta Health Alliance

Karen C. Matthews, PhD, CEO

Dr. Karen C. Matthews serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Delta Health Alliance, a non-profit organization that initiates, manages and supports a wide variety of health care initiatives across the 18 county region of the Mississippi Delta. Dr. Matthews supervises a staff of over a 100 and an annual budget in excess of $45 million.

Dr. Matthews has worked with Delta Health Alliance since 2006.  Prior to her current position, she served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and before that, as Assistant Dean for the College of Medicine.  As Vice Chancellor, she developed interdisciplinary collaborations in the areas of research, education, and patient care.  Dr. Fox, a native of Fulton, Mississippi, earned a Ph.D. in Health Science Administration from the University of Tennessee.  Her MBA came from the University of Memphis and her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

During her twenty-five years in health care administration, Dr. Matthews has focused on employing information technologies to improve the delivery of health care, nurturing collaborations among professional disciplines and community organizations, and using quantitative assessment and evaluation to guide public policy making.  She has served as principal investigator on numerous grants and contracts, authored more than fifty articles for academic journals, and written successful grant applications for more than $130 million in research support from U.S. Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Agriculture as well as numerous state and local funding agencies.