Karen Luster, MD, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University in Louisiana in 1997. She then attended Tulane University in New Orleans and received her MD in 2001. She completed her residency in internal medicine, primary care from Emory University School of Medicine in 2004. She also completed a Women's Health Fellowship with the division of endocrinology from Emory University in 2005. Luster is assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She is the associate director of the Primary Care Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. She supervises internal medicine residents during the outpatient clinic and during their hospital rotations. She is also one of the supervising physicians of the women's clinic in the Primary Care Center. There she focuses on the management of the female patient such as breast health, care of the menopausal patient, and family planning. Luster also is the ambulatory clinic curriculum co-director for the internal medicine residency program. She has focused on topics such as diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections, preconception counseling, diagnosing and treatment of female sexual dysfunction. "As an internist I am well aware that there are many medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, vascular disease, and depression that can affect the sexual health of many patients. I teach my residents that many patients may never bring up issues that affect their sexuality such as urinary incontinence, impotence, or medication side effects, so it is often up to the physician to ask. Once patients realize that we are concerned about their total well-being including sexual health, the response tends to be, 'That's cool that the doctor cares.'"