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Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson biography: 13 things about pediatrician from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dr. Katherine Lindley Spaht Dodson was a pediatrician originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. Raised in Baton Rouge, she is the daughter of Paul Spaht, a lawyer in Baton Rouge, and Katherine Spaht, a retired Louisiana State University law professor. (a) (b)
  2. From 1995 to 1999, she attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, USA, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She graduated magna cum laude. (c)
  3. From 1999 to 2003, she attended Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana where she earned her medical degree. (c)
  4. She was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, which she was a fellow of. (c) (d)
  5. Lumbar puncture was one of the procedures she performed as a pediatrician. Among the conditions she treated were post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pneumonia, eczema, iron deficiency anemia, viral meningitis, allergic rhinitis, orbital infection, plantar warts and dehydration. (e)
  6. From July 2003 to July 2006, she was a pediatric resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (c)
  7. From July 2006 to June 2007, she worked as a medical school instructor at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA while serving as an urgent care physician at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. (c)
  8. From July 2007 to July 2017, she was a pediatric hospitalist at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas, USA.
  9. She was affiliated with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin. She was named the hospital’s top pediatric doctor in 2012 and 2017. (a) (d)
  10. In August 2017, she joined the Children’s Medical Group in Austin as a pediatrician and a partner. (c)
  11. From 2017 to 2019, the Texas Super Doctors named her a Rising Star for three consecutive years. (a)
  12. On January 26, 2021, she was held hostage and fatally shot by her fellow pediatrician Dr. Bharat Kumar Narumanchi inside the Children’s Medical Group office in Austin. They were both 43 years old at the time of their deaths. (c)
  13. After her death, her husband Drew Dodson said he and his family have gotten a lot of outreach and support. (f)


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