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Kathleen T. Grimm, MD, MHSc


Kathleen T. Grimm, MD, MHSc, graduated from the SUNY Buffalo medical school, and completed a four-year residency in combined internal medicine/pediatrics in Buffalo, New York. After completion of residency, she worked in private practice for more than a decade, before working for a University medicine/pediatrics clinic site and at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Adolescent Clinic, where she actively participated in teaching of residents and medical students. She completed a Masters program in Bioethics at the University of Toronto in 2008. Dr. Grimm’s current position as a physician is working in palliative care under the umbrella of the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), where a diverse community outreach team has been established and is doing presentations on The Conversation Project. Dr. Grimm has served in leadership positions including terms as president of the Erie County Medical Society; past-president of the Kaleida Medical-Dental Staff; member of policy committees at a local and national level; member of the advisory council of the TICI (Trauma-informed Community Initiative of Western New York); and a participant in the gun violence prevention task force through the National Physicians Alliance.  She has established a Buffalo-based advocacy group for universal, single-payer health care reform and provided numerous local presentations on the need for healthcare financing reform to address the social determinants of health. She is currently co-chair of the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, a network of public health workers focused on the social determinants of health and health justice. She is a graduate of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York’s Fellows Program, working collaboratively to address the needs of children living in poverty and the frail elderly. She is a member of PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program), the ACP, and the NPA (National Physicians Alliance). She has been trained in advocacy as a Copello fellow through her involvement as a member of the NPA.

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