Karen Hook Death, MD, an associate professor of medical sciences at Quinnipiac University and a hematologist/oncologist at Plainville, Connecticut, died on October 30, 2023, from what appears to be a sudden heart attack. She was the sister of Rev. Mike Hook, pastor of Grace Community Church. Her death has shocked and saddened the medical community, as she was known for her excellence, compassion, and mentorship.
Who was Karen Hook?
Karen Hook was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as chief fellow. She returned to Connecticut in 2011 and joined the University of Connecticut Health Center as a clinical assistant professor and the hematology/oncology fellowship program director. She also became the section leader for the principles of clinical medicine/delivery of clinical care course for year 2 medical students. She received many awards and recognitions for her teaching and clinical skills. In 2023, she moved to Quinnipiac University as an associate professor of medical sciences and continued to practice at Plainville. She specialized in both benign and malignant hematology and was certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology.
How did Karen Hook die?
Karen Hook died from a heart attack that occurred over the weekend of October 30-31, 2023. She was driving on Route 72 when she felt chest pain and pulled over. She called 911 but collapsed before help arrived. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of her heart attack is still unknown, but it is suspected that she had an undiagnosed cardiac condition or a blood clot.
How has the community reacted to Karen Hook’s death?
The community has expressed its grief and condolences for Karen Hook’s family and friends. Many people have shared their memories and tributes of her on social media, highlighting her impact on their lives. Her students and colleagues at Quinnipiac University have also honored her with flowers, cards, and candles at the school. A memorial service was held on Monday night at Grace Community Church, where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects and celebrate her life.