Dr. Karp is a tenured Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine and expert in the management of ocular surface tumors and anterior segment surgery. Dr. Karp joined the faculty of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1994, after completing a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the center. In the late 1990s, Dr. Karp pioneered the use of interferon for the treatment for ocular surface squamous neoplasia. She designed protocols to study the drug in patients with ocular surface tumors, curing them of their cancer without surgery.
A leader in the area of ocular surface oncology, her research has produced several landmark articles on the topic. Her current interests are in the management of ocular surface tumors and ocular surface imaging using the ultra-high resolution OCT. She lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on the management of ocular surface tumors.
Among the significant recognition, Dr. Karp has received the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in 2015 and the Mentorship Award from Women in Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association Women Physicians Sector in 2013. In addition, she was honored with the Senior Achievement Award for her accomplishments and service to the AAO, where she served on numerous task forces, and regularly teaches at the annual meetings. She is currently a co-chair of the Cornea Day. Along with her service to the AAO, Dr. Karp serves on the executive committee of the Pan-American Academy of Ophthalmology as the secretary of English language, and is an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. She has repeated inclusion in “Florida Superdoctors” and “Best Doctors in America”. She was recently awarded the Richard K. Forster Chair in Corneal Diseases. Outside of Bascom Palmer, Dr. Karp is an avid athlete, exercising daily in the wee hours of the morning.