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Kathleen McGrory, Times Staff Writer

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a health and medicine reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, she spent seven years as a metro reporter for the Miami Herald and two years as a government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She speaks Spanish and holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (727) 893-8330


Twitter: @kmcgrory


  1. Shorts you can wear to work? They *do* exist


    I was secretly thrilled when Deal Diva Lisa asked me to write this post.

    She had noticed my work shorts.

    I bought said shorts three weeks earlier to take to a conference in California. I was looking for a unicorn: an outfit that was clearly business attire, but also kind of funky. Long pants were out of the question. I had been forewarned that some of the conference would take place outside, and temperatures would rise into the 90s....

    It's a summer miracle.
  2. U.S. News names Tampa General Hospital tops in region


    Tampa General Hospital is the best hospital in the region and the third best in Florida, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

    Other top performers in the area included Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. The two facilities tied for eleventh place in the state.

    Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, meanwhile, was named the sixth best hospital for cancer in the nation, up from its 18th-place finish last year. Hospital officials said the jump was partly because Moffitt took steps to earn a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Association....

    A new report named Tampa General Hospital the best hospital in the Tampa Bay region. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Tampa Bay Times] 
  3. Dean sees bright present and future for USF's medical school


    Much has changed at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine since Dr. Charles Lockwood took over as dean two years ago.

    School leaders are designing a new downtown Tampa campus, an 11-story tower that will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.

    Applications are up from about 3,900 to about 6,270, as are accepted students' scores on the Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT....

    Charles Lockwood
  4. CDC grants state $1.3 million to fight Zika


    Federal health officials are giving Florida more than $1.3 million to help prevent the spread of Zika, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. 

    All told, the CDC is distributing $25 million  to 53 state, city, and territorial health department in areas at risk for outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika.‎ 

    The funds, which can go toward the purchase of repellent, screens, and supplies for Zika prevention kits, will be available next week. ...

  5. First baby delivered in Florida with Zika-related microcephaly


    Doctors have delivered the first baby in Florida with Zika-related microcephaly, state health officials said Tuesday.

    The child's mother is a Haitian citizen who contracted the mosquito-borne virus while in her home country, the Department of Health said. She came to Florida to give birth.

    It was not announced where in the state the baby was born.

    As of Monday, 223 people in Florida, including 40 pregnant women, have been diagnosed with Zika. All of the cases are travel-related, meaning the people contracted the virus while traveling overseas or had sexual intercourse with someone who had recently traveled abroad. ...

    At least 223 people in Florida have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including 40 pregnant women. All of the cases are travel-related, meaning the people contracted the virus while traveling overseas or had sexual intercourse with someone who had recently traveled abroad. [Associated Press]
  6. On the front lines against Zika, Tampa Bay area mosquito experts are pressing hard



    Ron Kolsen takes the cylinder-shaped bag and dumps its contents on a plastic board.

    "Alright," he says, staring intently at the pile of dead mosquitoes in front of him. "Let's see what we've got."

    Kolsen pulls a magnifying lamp over the tiny corpses to take a closer look. He sees hundreds of them, some with spotted wings, some with black-and-white striped legs. The ones he's looking for have silver-white scales on their backs that look like miniature violins....

    Burns makes piles of dead mosquitoes last week at the unit’s offices in Tampa. Mosquitoes are counted every Tuesday. What he finds will help determine where the county will spray later in the week.
  7. Grants turn profits from Bayfront hospital sale into projects that encourage healthy living


    ST. PETERSBURG — The foundation created by the sale of Bayfront Medical Center carried out its first major charitable act Thursday, awarding $4 million in grants to community groups working to improve public health.

    The 19 recipients included the Pinellas County School District, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Mount Zion Human Services, and the USF Research Foundation.

    "This gives us stable financial footing to do work in the community that will produce lasting change," said Susan McGrath of the Florida Consumer Action Network, which won $172,371 to develop a healthy transit initiative and promote healthy lifestyles....

    “If I had to describe the race we’re running, it’s a double marathon with a relay where we will continually pass the baton to the next generation.” Steven Dupr?, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg board chairman
  8. The judgy world of online ratings comes to the doctor's office


    You can award 5-star ratings to restaurants, hotels, even your Uber driver.

    But the surgeon who fixed your knee?

    Yes, rating your health care provider online is a thing. And if the online review site Yelp is any indication, the practice is becoming more popular in the Tampa Bay area.

    Thousands of people have used the site to evaluate local doctors and hospitals. The reviews, which cover everything from bedside manner to office decor, aren't always pretty....

    Dr. David Lubin once confronted a patient about a review.
  9. Orlando shooting showcased the benefits of a Level 1 trauma center


    TAMPA — The men and women who suffered injuries when bullets cut through an Orlando nightclub early last Sunday had one thing break their way.

    They weren't far from help.

    The club where gunman Omar Mateen opened fire, killing 49 people, stood just blocks from one of Florida's 10 Level 1 trauma centers, each poised to respond with an all-out, life-saving blitz of staff, expertise and equipment. The centers are also the subject of a major health policy debate over how many of them Florida needs and how that should be decided....

    The trauma team at Tampa General Hospital receives a trauma patient from emergency medical personnel in 2014. [John Pendygraft, Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Heavily represented among the Pulse victims, Orlando's growing Hispanic community assesses the damage

    Human Interest

    ORLANDO — Hours after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, when the names of victims started to trickle out on the news and social media, one thing struck the Rev. Gabriel Salguero.

    Nearly all were Hispanic.

    "It wasn't lost on me that it was Latin night at Pulse," Salguero said, naming the Orlando nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire on hundreds of people before he was killed by police....

    Ricardo Cartagena kneels near flowers, cards and other items left as memorials for victims of the Pulse mass shooting. It was Latin night when the killer struck, and many victims were Hispanic.
  11. 'This is not a drill:' Doctors tell how a quiet night in their Orlando trauma center suddenly turned ghastly

    Human Interest

    ORLANDO — The waiting room was empty.

    Unusual for the overnight shift, Dr. Kathryn Bondani thought as she walked across the emergency room floor at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

    It was just before 2 a.m Sunday and relatively few cases had come through the doors. Bondani had started her shift at 11 p.m., and was scheduled to work through the morning with five physician trainees. The senior physician, Dr. Gary Parrish, planned to go home in an hour....

    Dr. Michael Cheatham, second from right, is flanked by other doctors during a news conference at Orlando Regional Medical Center Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Orlando. Several doctors and Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor Angel Colon spoke to members of the media Tuesday. [CHRIS URSO  |   Special to the Times]

  12. Poe: The LGBT community can move the needle on gun laws


    Democratic congressional candidate and former state Democratic Party Chairman Bob Poe attended the vigil in Orlando late Monday to remember the 50 people killed in a massacre in a gay night club.

    "It’s hard to wrap my mind around it," Poe said. "You never think that something like this would happen in Orlando. It’s unimaginable."

    Last week, Poe announced he is HIV-positive. He said he hoped to bring awareness to those living with the illness....

  13. Grief and long waits for families of Orlando shooting victims

    Public Safety

    ORLANDO — They held hands and draped arms around each other's shoulders as they approached the imposing brick building.

    Their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, best friends and dancing partners were among the few dozen still missing after the terrorist attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub where a rifle-wielding man had turned a raucous night out into a massacre Sunday.

    Complete coverage: All of our reporting on the Orlando shootings on one page...

    Chris Drozd, left, and Stefan Salvatore, right, are consoled by Don Raber on Monday after leaving flowers and pictures at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center for friends who died during the deadly Pulse Nightclub shooting. Mourners were expected to gather at the center for a vigil Monday night to remember the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. [CHRIS URSO  |   Special to the Times]
  14. Friends and family mourn those killed in Orlando


    ORLANDO — Eddie Sotomayor was among the first names released Sunday of at least 50 killed in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, the deadliest massacre in U.S. history.

    A charismatic national brand manager for gay travel company Al and Chuck Travel, Sotomayor lived in Sarasota and was a University of South Florida graduate.

    Sotomayor was a trailblazer, according to his boss and the company's owner, Al Ferguson. ...

    Peter Gonzalez Cruz killed in the Pulse nightclub by gunman Omar Mir Seddique Mateen in Orlando.
  15. Scott talks Zika with Hillsborough County health officials


    Gov. Rick Scott met with Hillsborough County health officials Thursday to discuss Zika preparedness.

    Newly appointed state Surgeon General Celeste Philip and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera also attended the meeting.

    Scott has spent the last several weeks raising concerns about the mosquito-borne virus, which is spreading across South and Central America and the Caribbean. The Republican governor recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for more than 5,000 Zika preparedness kits, spraying equipment and mosquito traps, as well as funding for more city and county mosquito control workers and an expanded outreach program....

    Gov. Rick Scott talks to health officials in Tampa on Thursday.