Kathie is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University School of Medicine. She was a Pediatric intern, resident, nephrology fellow and neonatology fellow at Childrenâ€™s National Medical Center, George Washington University, Washington DC. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and is a neonatologist and Director of Lactation Support Services at Connecticut Childrenâ€™s Medical Center, Hartford, CT. She was in the first group of 20 physicians to be recognized internationally with the prestigious designation of "Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine" (FABM), and currently serves on its Board of Directors, where she is active in protocol development and chairs the Liaison Committee.
Kathie is a Charter member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, serving as both the Chair of its Membership Committee and the Chair of its Legislative Committee, and as the AAP Connecticut Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator. In her role as Chair of the CT Section of the AAP Breastfeeding Medicine Committee, she was instrumental in drafting and passing comprehensive breastfeeding in the workplace legislation in 2001. She has recently authored the first complete chapter on breastfeeding in a major neonatology textbook. Her research interests center on breastfeeding and the use of human milk in the neonatal intensive care unit, cup feeding, and the education of medical professionals. She has lectured extensively, and is currently developing an academic Department of Human Lactation at Connecticut Childrens Medical Center.