FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 20, 2018
Contact: Sheanna M. Spence, Director of External Affairs, School of Medicine, 304-691-1639
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Heather Katz, D.O., was selected Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Fellow of the Month for September, announced Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education at the school.
Katz is completing her final year of the three-year hematology/oncology fellowship. She was nominated for the Fellow of the Month award for her outstanding research, publication and clinical skills.
“It is hard for residents and fellows in training to successfully conduct and publish research and also stand out in clinical responsibilities; Dr. Katz is one of the few trainees who excels in both,” Wehner said. “In less than two years of fellowship training, she published six peer-reviewed articles in prestigious medical journals in addition to her research presentations in national oncology meetings.”
Wehner also commended Katz and her fellowship program director, Maria Tirona, M.D., for setting the research bar high for other trainees to follow.
"As program director, I am extremely proud and very pleased with Dr. Katz's passionate commitment to scholarly activities,” Tirona said. “She has exceeded our department's expectations in fulfilling scholarly activity requirements. In addition, she has also proven herself as an excellent hematology/medical oncology fellow who takes care of her patients with utmost compassion.”
A native of Merrick, New York, Katz received her Bachelor of Science in biology, with a minor in human development, from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. Katz received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. She completed her internal medicine residency at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she served as chief resident and received the 2015 Resident of the Year award. After she completes her fellowship, Katz plans to work in a community-based practice with an academic affiliation, which will allow her to provide quality care and access to cutting-edge research.
As part of her recognition as the September Fellow of the Month, Katz received items including a plaque and a designated parking spot.
Photo caption: Heather Katz, D.O., (right), September Fellow of the Month at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, is pictured with hematology/oncology fellowship program director Maria Tirona, M.D.
Date Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018