Kathy graduated from Stanford University and received her Master’s and Adult Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of San Francisco. Her research at Stanford University School of Medicine focused on heart disease prevention, women and heart disease, and nurse case management for CVD risk reduction. She has published extensively in the medical literature, has authored 2 books, and speaks internationally on heart disease related subjects.
In 1991, she received the National Award of Excellence from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In 2001, she received the first “Wenger Award” for clinical contributions to women’s health by WomenHeart. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in September 2001. She was awarded the National Healthcare Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Heart Association in 2008. She is a recipient of the Master of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Awarded by AACVPR in 2010. In 2018, she was awarded a Stanford Alumni volunteer Award of Merit and membership as a Stanford Associate. These awards recognize the significant impact of Stanford volunteers to the University and Alumni. She is a Fellow of the AACVPR, AHA, AANP, and PCNA.
Kathy is past president and founder of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. She is past president and founder of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and has served on their Board of Directors since the 1980’s. In 2007, Kathy and Nancy Houston Miller started the LifeCare Company, a home-based care management company dedicated to improving the health of persons with complex multi-morbidities who live at home