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Research interests

Dr. Karl Clebak's principal research interests include evidence-based medicine and the translation of research in to practice, quality improvement and office-based procedures. His clinical research areas of focus include dermatologic, women’s health and musculoskeletal procedures, skin infections and dermatologic disease and clinical preventive services. 

Dr. Clebak also has research interest to improve the transition from inpatient to outpatient care and to enhance the patient and provider referral experience through the electronic consult.

Dr. Clebak has written a number of evidence-based clinical reviews on a variety of topics partnering with resident and faculty co-authors.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Karl Clebak has taught family medicine and evidence-based medicine to learners of all levels. Dr. Clebak’s primary focus is residency education, where he works with residency faculty to create an inspiring, supportive academic environment producing the next generation of full-spectrum family physicians prepared to lead, teach and thrive.

Dr. Clebak has developed and taught numerous sessions for the Penn State Health Family and Community Medicine Residency (Hershey, Pa.), including health system management, evidence-based medicine, journal club, quality improvement, board review, outpatient procedures and gratitude sessions. He regularly precepts family medicine residents in their outpatient continuity clinics and medical students during their family medicine clerkships.

Clinical interests

Dr. Karl Clebak enjoys the full breadth and depth of family medicine in the outpatient clinical setting across the age spectrum. Dr. Clebak regularly performs and precepts outpatient procedures and also has led numerous quality improvement projects.

Professional information

Member, Graduate Medical Education Committee, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2022 to present

Member, American College of Healthcare Executives, 2021 to present

Member, Family Medicine Education Consortium, 2019 to present

Member, Evidence-Informed Decision Making/ Information Mastery Collaborative, Family Medicine Education Consortium, 2019 to present

Member, Primary Care Innovators Network, Family Medicine Education Consortium, 2019 to present

Member, Program Directors Assembly, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, 2019 to present

Member, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, 2019 to present

Member, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2017 to present

Member, Resident and Student Affairs Committee, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, 2017 to present

Member, Evidence Based Medicine Collaborative, Society of Teachers of Medicine, 2017 to present

Member, Hospital Medicine and Procedural Training Collaborative, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2017 to present

Member, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, 2016 to present

Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP), 2015 to present

Board-certified in Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 2012

Member, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2005 to present

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Health Administration in Health Policy and Administration, MHA, Pennsylvania State University


Family Medicine, Residency, University of Virginia Health System

Jul 2009Jun 2012

MD, Penn State College of Medicine

Jul 2005May 2009

Pre-Medicine; minors in Biology, Human Development and Family Studies, BS, Penn State University Park

Aug 2001May 2005


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