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Alumna Spotlight: Minter named 2017 NC Doctor of the Year

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Karin Minter

Karin Minter, MD, MPH, FAAP, has practiced at Burlington Pediatrics since 2006. She completed her pediatrics residency at Duke University Medical Center, where she also served as chief resident. Minter has a master’s degree in Public Health in the field of maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and earned her MD from Duke University School of Medicine. 


Over the past decade, Dr. Minter has earned the love and respect of the multitude of children and families that she cares for at Burlington Pediatrics, as well as the other providers and staff at the practice.

She approaches her work with the ideal blend of scientific rigor and warmth, delivering care that is both top notch and individually tailored to meet the needs of her patients and families.

Dr. Minter is a steadfast advocate for the patient experience, consistently attuned to clinical and clerical matters that could be improved.

She serves all children and families in our county as current chair of the Alamance County Board of Health. This volunteer position involves overseeing the county’s health department budget, reviewing and implementing public health recommendations and policies, and surveilling health conditions in the community.

She is a past chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Alamance Regional Medical Center, where Burlington Pediatrics staffs the newborn nursery and provides consultation services to providers seeing pediatric patients in the emergency room.

Dr. Minter also serves as a clinical preceptor for the physician assistant training program at Elon University.

She is so beloved by her patients and families that when she was away for several months due to illness and surgery, she received innumerable Facebook well wishes and cards from them. Karin has also shown me how to be a gentle and effective physician leader. Karin will come in early to lead a morning huddle with the front desk and nursing staff to collectively map out the best way we can serve our patients and families who will be coming in that day. At our provider meetings, Karin always speaks with the best interest of our patients and staff at heart. – Nominator

In her own words

What does being a doctor mean to you?
So many things! I have to think back to why I became a pediatrician. I always knew I wanted a career in medicine, but the decision of which field to enter was difficult. It comes down to my fundamental belief that all children are good. So I chose to commit myself to children. It’s fulfilling to provide the best, most thoughtful care that I can to young patients and their families. I strive to make it a personal experience. I like to call back the parents directly and create connections with them. I take time to show empathy for the children and reward them for good behavior on their visits.

Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?
I have a Masters of Public Health and I do a lot of work on public health issues. It’s a different focus, compared to treating individuals, but both are passions of mine. I am currently the chair of the Alamance County Board of Health. Right now we are encouraging representatives in Washington to continue funding critical programs in North Carolina.

How would you use the award money?
I would have to give the matter some careful thought before I commit to anything. There are so many worthy causes, I would probably split it up among several. One program I would want to support is Reach Out and Read. They make such a big impact to promote literacy by distributing books to kids through pediatricians, and they are really deserving.