Medicine/Division of Cardiology

Katherine Dodd, DO, MPH, FACC

Assistant Professor in Medicine/ Associate Director of Advanced Heart Failure

Personal Statement:

I was born in Central Massachusetts (Westborough, MA – a small town about 25 miles west of Boston), and  developed a strong interest in heart failure when I was a child, given my father had rheumatic heart disease and resultant heart failure, treated at Mass General Hospital.  I went to college at Creighton University in Omaha, NE and ran division I cross country. After college, I did clinical research for three years for a multidisciplinary research group affiliated with UMass Medical School, and also obtained my Master’s in Public Health (MPH). I went to medical school at The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME. Once I started medical school, I conducted independent research investigating the exclusion of older adults and women from clinical trials of acute coronary syndromes. This work was funded through the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program, offered through the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). Later, that research was presented at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting in Orlando, FL and published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. I went to the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY for my internal medicine residency, and also completed a year as a chief resident and hospitalist. I completed my general cardiology fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center where I had the unique opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Bill Abraham, who served as my clinic preceptor for 3 years.  With his support, I attended the 2016 and 2018 Global Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Forum in Washington, D.C. I also participated in the 2017 Heart Failure University in Los Angeles, CA. In 2018, I presented original research on the development of late-onset right-ventricular failure post-LVAD implantation, at both the local Ohio ACC conference in Columbus, OH in the form of an oral presentation and as a moderated poster presentation at the National ACC conference in Orlando, FL. Currently, I am an advanced fellow in heart failure and transplantation at Northwestern Medical Center, though June, 2020. My clinical interests include rare and infiltrative cardiomyopathies, right-ventricular failure, pulmonary hypertension, and my research interests include right-ventricular failure specifically in patients with mechanical circulatory support, the utility and application of palliative care in the heart failure population, and geriatric cardiology. I’m an avid runner, biker, swimmer, and have completed the Boston Marathon twice. I’ve performed international medical care in both Zambia and Peru, and have an interest in global health. I’m half Italian and enjoy cooking, baking, and trying new restaurants, and I also enjoy exploring, traveling domestically and abroad.