Karen Selby, RN

Karen Selby, RN

Registered Nurse and Patient Advocate

Karen Selby worked in several subspecialties within nursing before becoming a registered nurse, author and a Patient Advocate at The Mesothelioma Center.


Fast Facts

  • Karen graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Karen has worked as a transplant nurse and was once a director of a human tissue bank
  • Karen is part of Asbestos.com's cycling team, which races to help raise awareness of mesothelioma

Karen Selby is a registered nurse and a Patient Advocate at The Mesothelioma Center.

She became a registered nurse in 1991 and immediately applied her skills in the operating room, strictly working with thoracic surgery from 1991-97 at the University of Maryland.

Karen has assisted surgeons with lung resections, lung transplants, pneumonectomies, pleurectomies, wedge resections and lung oncology, among other lung-related surgeries. She also ran the tissue procurement program at the University of Florida and handled tissue procurement for all donors.

She received her bachelor’s in nursing in 1996 from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida in 1999.

Karen joined the Mesothelioma Center in 2009. Karen’s extensive background helps her recognize that all patients are different and have their own set of unique needs. Her goal is to determine how she can best help each patient and give them the tools to fight cancer. She is also a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators.

Outside of work, Karen rides with one of the oldest bicycle racing teams in Central Florida — the Orlando Velo Cycling Team, which was founded in 1989.

Asbestos.com sponsors her team, which competes nearly every weekend. Her cycling days actually began in Baltimore when her roommate piqued her interested in triathlons in 1986.

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