Kara is an American Medical Writers Association certified medical editor and writer. She has over 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing, including serving as founding managing editor of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society’s first Gold Open Access journal. Past positions include managing editor of Cambridge University Press’s International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care and director of communications for the Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. She received her B.A. degree in sociology and completed graduate work in healthcare ethics—both at Rice University—and she currently serves on two Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), an oncology IRB and a community IRB in the Dominican Republic. She has over 20 peer-reviewed research publications. Her freelance work includes writing, editing, and evaluation research for national and international nonprofits.