Karen Mielke, MD, JD

Assistant Professor



I teach medicine full time in the ambitious integrated curriculum of the MPAS program. Working with the brightest of our future healers and an energetic and talented faculty feeds my excitement for learning. It is a great privilege to assist in the training of our fellow colleagues and close collaborators in the practice of medicine.

I am a pediatrician and expert in child abuse and neglect. I served eight years as founding medical director and advisory board chair for First Step Resource Center in Missoula, MT, and seven years as Director of Child Abuse and Neglect Services for the Marshfield Clinic. I practiced primary care pediatrics in Marshfield, WI, and served as an Associate Consultant in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic while teaching residents and medical students in clinical pediatrics.

Prior to coming to St. Catherine University, I taught college and high school courses in Anatomy and Physiology, and high school courses in Calculus, Physics, and Constitutional Law. I received my law degree from The University of Montana School of Law, medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and BA in Mathematics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA. I completed residency in pediatrics at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

Doctor of Law, Law
The University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana, Highest Honors, 2004

Doctor of Medicine, Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1988

Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia, Cum Laude, 1983

University-Community Partnerships for Early Childhood Development (ECD) (2013).

Assistant Professor, Saint Catherine University, 2012–Present

Adjunct Faculty, Minnesota School of Business, 2011–2012

Teacher, Home Educators Resource Organization, 2008–2012

Medical Director, First STEP Resource Center, Saint Patrick Hospital, 2000–2008

Pediatrician and Director of Child Abuse and Neglect Services, Marshfield Clinic, 1994–1999

Pediatrician, Southwest Pediatrics, 1992–1993

Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic, 1991–1992

Mielke, K., Byrne, M., Anderson, S., Asch, E. & Barrett, S. (2013). "Dancing with the Stars: how you can be a tech star without experience." St. Catherine University Opening Faculty Workshop

Mielke, K. (2013). "Online Resources and Creative Teaching in Medical Education." MPAS Annual Faculty Retreat