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New Clinician Spotlight: Katherine Walsh

Dec. 21, 2021, 8:36 AM

Katherine Walsh, MD

Katherine Walsh, MD, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology.

“We were delighted to welcome Kathy Walsh to our division, where she is focusing on education and benign hematology,” said Ben Ho Park, MD, Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology. “Kathy brings a wealth of experience to the care of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms and cytosis/cytopenia, and she will be working to develop a Center of Excellence for these disorders. She also will be utilizing her prior skills and experience to enhance the education and training mission for our fellows as an associate program director for the hematology/oncology fellowship.”

Walsh completed her MD and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Florida, followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Duke University. She then joined the faculty at The Ohio State University, where she was an integral member of the hematology division and medical education community for 10 years.

At Ohio State, she founded a Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Clinic, served as an institutional principal or co-investigator for clinical trials in myeloid malignancies, and served as clerkship director for third-year medical students and hematology leader for second-year medical students.

Walsh is an invited fellow of the American College of Physicians, and she was an NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) guidelines panel member for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms and Systemic Mastocytosis from 2018 to 2021. Walsh was selected for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Education Scholars Program, where she met Jill Gilbert, MD, who helped recruit her to VUMC.

“I chose to come to VUMC to be part of the dynamic and collaborative environment in the hematology/oncology division and feel very fortunate to be working with such brilliant and welcoming colleagues,” Walsh said. “My passions are taking care of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms and medical education, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to pursue both here.”

Walsh sees patients in the Vanderbilt Hematology Clinic, 615-936-8422.

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