Kara S. Aplin, MD, MS, FACP, FASAM


Cooper University Health Care Titles

  • Vice President of Medical Affairs
  • Hospitalist
  • Addiction Medicine Specialist
  • AllCare Board Member

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Titles

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine - General)
  • American Board of Preventive Medicine (Addiction Medicine)

Professional Type

Cooper University Physician



About Me

Dr. Aplin joined Cooper as a Hospitalist Teaching Attending in 2009. She also practices Addiction Medicine in the Center for Healing and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, where she is a member of multiple committees. While at Cooper, she has held numerous administrative and clinical positions, including Medical Director of the Clinical Decision Unit, Physician Advisor for Utilization Management, Medical Director of Hospital Medicine, Division Head of Hospital Medicine, Chair of the Credentials Committee, Secretary of the Medical Staff, and Vice President of the Medical Staff. 

In her role as Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Aplin serves as Co-Pillar Champion for Quality and High Reliability. She is involved in developing strategies and executing plans to improve care delivery, increase access, further our high reliability work, and improve throughput and quality, two areas where she has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Aplin obtained her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Chief of Internal Medicine resident year at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a master’s degree in population health management from the Jefferson College of Population Health. She holds board certifications in Internal Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Addiction Medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Aplin is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Office Locations

Camden, Camden
Hospital Medicine

One Cooper Plaza
(for GPS use 246 S 6th St)
Camden , NJ 08103
Maps & Directions

Cooper Center for Healing at Bridgeview

800 Cooper Street
Suite 400
4th Floor
Camden , NJ 08102
Phone: 856.342.3040
Fax: 856.342.3049
Maps & Directions

Education & Training

Medical SchoolUniversity of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Graduate SchoolMS, Population Health Management - Jefferson College of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA
InternshipInternal Medicine - Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
ResidencyInternal Medicine - Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Special Interests

Quality, patient safety, high reliability, medical education, harm reduction, care systems delivery redesign


  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • American Association for Physician Leadership
  • Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine


Rachoin JS, Aplin KS, Gandhi S, Kupersmith E, Cerceo E. Impact of Length of Stay on Readmission in Hospitalized Patients. Cureus. 2020 Sep 26;12(9):e10669. doi: 10.7759/cureus.10669. PMID: 33005555; PMCID: PMC7523242.

Bullock AJ, Sorbello A, Gilrain KL, Fizur P, Aplin KS. Patient Satisfaction with a Psychology Consultation-Liaison Service at an Academic Medical Center. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2021 Oct 7. doi: 10.1007/s10880-021-09829-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34618282.

Rachoin JS, Aplin KS, Kupersmith E, Gandhi S, Travis K, Stefaniak M, Cerceo E. Discharge before noon: is the sun half up or half down? Am J Manag Care. 2020 Aug 1;26(8):e246-e251. doi: 10.37765/ajmc.2020.44074. PMID: 32835466.

Aplin KS, Coutinho McAllister S, Kupersmith E, Rachoin JS. Caring for patients in a hospitalist-run clinical decision unit is associated with decreased length of stay without increasing revisit rates. J Hosp Med. 2014 Jun;9(6):391-5. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2188. Epub 2014 Mar 20. PMID: 24652718.

Filtz TM, Cunningham ML, Stanig KJ, Paterson A, Harden TK. Phosphorylation by protein kinase C decreases catalytic activity of avian phospholipase C-beta. Biochem J. 1999 Mar 1;338 ( Pt 2)(Pt 2):257-64. PMID: 10024500; PMCID: PMC1220050.