Karen Bruynell, MM, C-TAGME, joined BWH as administrative director of the Brigham Education Institute (BEI) in December. She is responsible for overall administration and operations of the BEI, which includes the Knowledge Center, Medical Library Services and numerous medical education programs.
Bruynell oversees a broad range of strategic and functional responsibilities within the institute, including daily operations, staff and administration, long-term planning, project development, finances, education and training, marketing, network development and more.
Before coming to the BEI, Bruynell served in various roles at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) over the past 30 years, most recently as program administrator. She oversaw departmental educational activities in its Internal Medicine Residency Program, along with a number of subspecialty fellowship programs, medical student clerkships and faculty development programs. Earlier in her career at MGH, she held management positions in ambulatory residency training, nursing and human resources, among other roles.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Karen to this position. She brings a wealth of experience leading educational programs, and she synergizes this with an excitement and vigor for our new BEI initiatives,” said BEI Executive Director Erik Alexander, MD.
In addition to her role at the BEI, Bruynell serves as a mentor to several administrators across Partners HealthCare and mentors military personnel transitioning to civilian jobs in health care through American Corporate Partners. She is also one of the founding members of the Massachusetts Society of Academic Medical Administrators; she was recently elected president and chair of the organization.
Bruynell holds a master’s in Management with a concentration in Health Care from Cambridge College.