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Katherine "Katy" Close, MD, MPH

Position: Board Member
Affiliation: University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. Katherine "Katy" Close is a board-certified Internist specializing in care for those without access to adequate medical care.

After training at the University of South Carolina and completing a residency in Charlotte, NC, she served for 8 years as an attending faculty member of Internal Medicine and Director of Ambulatory Care at the Department of Internal Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center. There, she became interested in working with the disadvantaged and became Director of Hospice, specializing in home-care for women with end-stage AIDS.

She also worked at the Men’s Shelter and for Planned Parenthood. In 1998, Dr. Close moved with her family to Pawley's Island, SC, where she became a volunteer physician and then Director of the Smith Medical Clinic a non-profit, free-standing clinic associated with Georgetown Memorial Hospital, providing care for those in need throughout the county.

In 1998 she also began working in Haiti, first with Physicians for Peace and later at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. She spends up to 4 months a year there, working with the Haitian staff. She has implemented a program for treatment and surveillance of diabetes, working closely with the Haitian organization FHADIMAC.

In 2004, she graduated from the Masters Program at Hopkins, where Dr. Robert Lawrence was her advisor and mentor. While there, she became committed to a career of helping the underserved.

While at Hopkins its Urban Institute, she worked with medical students, helping to organize Baltimore's downtown Caroline Street Clinic, an evening clinic for those without insurance.

Dr. Close is a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is often accompanied to Haiti by its students and residents. She has served three years on the school's admissions committee and was awarded the Humanitarian Alumni Award for the School of Medicine in 2004.

In 2007 the University of South Carolina presented her with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, its highest Alumni award.

She has recently moved to Connecticut, where she hopes to work locally for Americares as well as continuing her commitment to Haiti and teaching.

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