Karen J. Vigil, M.D., associate professor, received her medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Henry Ford Hospital (Michigan) and received the 2006 Outstanding Resident Award. She performed her Infectious Disease Fellowship at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School, where she was elected Chief Fellow. Additionally, she did a year of Advanced Infectious Diseases Fellowship and a year of HIV Medicine Fellowship before joining the Division of Infectious Diseases as faculty in October, 2010. Dr. Vigil’s main areas of interest are focused on clinical and translational research in HIV/AIDS.

She is currently the Medical Director of Infection Prevention for UT Physicians’ outpatient operations and the Division of Infectious Diseases Quality Officer; she is also the Medical Director for Coordination of HIV care at LBJ Hospital. Her research interests are in HIV and Hepatitis C. She is a coinvestigator of the Houston AIDS Research Team for the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (NIH’s ATCG) network. Her current projects includes clinical studies in new antiretroviral drugs, HIV comorbidities and long-term complications of Hepatitis C infection.

Dr. Vigil enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows and is currently the Program Director of the HIV Fellowship.


Medical Degree
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Henry Ford Hospital
University of Texas Health Science Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine-Infectious Diseases
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, USA