Dr. Kathryn A. (Kathy) Hughes is a board certified General Surgeon, who has spent the majority of her career in private practice in community hospitals. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of the Association of Women Surgeons, The American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. She is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, as Vice-President of the North Essex District, which she also serves as a member of the House of Delegates, and is a member of the Committee on Women in Medicine.
She has been active throughout her career on numerous hospital committees, and has held hospital leadership positions including Chief of Surgery positions and Vice-President of Medical Staff; these positions have fostered and developed her interest and expertise in medical ethics and quality/peer review including measures and processes, in addition to her clinical interests and practice. She has given numerous talks and lectures, to both colleagues and for community events, and has appeared on radio and local television.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College, graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in Biochemistry. Her Doctor of Medicine degree was earned at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. Her Post-graduate Surgical training (residency) began in the University of Nevada School of Medicine system (University Medical Center in Las Vegas, and the Reno Veteran’s Administration Hospital), from which she transferred back to Washington, DC to complete her residency at The George Washington University Hospital program.
She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, movies, music (eclectic taste), photography, sports and nature/the outdoors, and cooking/food&wine (almost a “foodie”). She is interested in bird-watching and wildlife (especially in her own back-yard), and dabbles in gardening. She loves dogs. She keeps looking for more things to add to this list.
She is a daughter, a sister, a niece, an aunt, a cousin, a friend, a classmate, a colleague, a coworker, a neighbor, the chatty person next to you on the plane or in line—or the quiet one.
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