Meet Dr. Karen Leung
I come from a family of physicians. I have my father to thank for my enthusiasm towards patient care. My dad is a family practice doctor in Texas. Between my father, my mother (a nurse), my younger sister (a pediatrician), and my younger brother (also an obstetrician-gynecologist), most people can only imagine what dominated our dinner table conversations.
I was born in Canada and grew up in northern Ontario where winters are harsh and summers are short. One of my earliest memories as a child was weekends when my dad took me along for patient rounds, followed by Dairy Queen ice cream cones!
To escape the Canadian weather, our family moved to Texas where I finished high school. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa (for scholastic achievement) and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Dallas, a small liberal arts school, with a major in biology and biochemistry. I earned my medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern in 1993 and started my residency taking care of women at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, with over 14,000 births a year. To be in the same location as my husband, Tony Chu (where he also was completing his residency in oral maxillofacial surgery), I completed my advanced training in obstetrics and gynecological medicine and surgery at University of Texas Houston.
Before leaving Houston for Sonoma County, I was featured performing a delivery “live” on Good Morning America in February 2001. It was amazing that so many of my patients, high school & college friends, colleagues, and former teachers watched and shared that special delivery. I was torn about leaving my growing practice; however, my husband and I decided to leave the bustling urban city for the safer and slower pace of Santa Rosa for our children.
We are blessed with four lovely, amazing, and fun daughters named Caroline, Emily, Elizabeth, and Madeline. Besides my children, family, and friends, I enjoy traveling, reading, violin and piano, and the arts. I am glad we live in Sonoma County and love this area that many call appropriately, “Paradise”.