Karen Barbara “Bobbi” Carbone, MD, MBA


Karen Barbara “Bobbi” Carbone, MD, MBA, president and chief operating officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health, joined the organization in March 2014. 

As the administrative head of Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical enterprises, Carbone’s responsibilities include oversight of care delivery and coordination, patient-related business systems and faculty and staff alignment at all locations.

Prior to joining Wake Forest Baptist, Carbone worked in the United Arab Emirates more than two years as deputy chief of clinical affairs then chief operating officer, clinical operations, at Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA), an independent company that manages and develops the clinical activities at the emirate’s 12 public hospitals and more than 60 other care facilities. While there she was instrumental in establishing SEHA’s affiliations with Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic.

Before going to Abu Dhabi, Carbone was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Beaumont Health System, a three-hospital network in the Detroit area. She also has served as chief clinical operating officer at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston; as director of health care executive education at Rice University’s Jones School of Management in Houston; as a vice president and senior vice president at Main Line Health, a network of hospitals, clinics and other facilities in the Philadelphia area; and as an associate vice president at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. 

In 2011, she was listed among the “Top 52 Women Hospital and HealthCare Leaders” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Carbone earned her a bachelor’s degree at Amherst College, her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin and her M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern University and a fellowship in cardiac anesthesiology at the University of Michigan.


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