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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. "We have an epidemic. And nobody is doing anything about it."


    Gun injuries are a growing problem for Florida’s children, rising along with the increasing availability of firearms across the state, the Tampa Bay Times has found.

    To determine how many kids are shot each year — accidentally, intentionally or during the commission of a crime — the Times looked at millions of hospital discharge records for patients across Florida, as well as data collected by the state’s 24 medical examiners....

    Gun shoppers browse the Florida Gun Show’s booths at the Florida State Fairgrounds in December. Legal firearm sales are on the rise. Background checks, which are required to buy firearms from licensed gun dealers, jumped 66 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  2. In Harm's Way: Gun injuries and deaths among Florida kids have spiked. One child is shot every 17 hours.


    TAMPA — Huddled in a backyard shed in Sulphur Springs, the four boys examined their prize: a .380 caliber pistol so smooth it looked like a futuristic toy.

    One of the boys had stolen it from his uncle. They thought it was unloaded, so they passed it around, pointing it at each other like in the movies, until it fired, its bullet tearing a hole in Ikeim Boswell's neck.

    Ikeim died that night, March 14, 2015, at Tampa General Hospital. He was 16....

    Patricia Davis, mother of Ikeim Boswell, holds an urn with her son's ashes in her Tampa home. Ikeim was 16 on March 14, 2015, when he was fatally shot. Read our special report this morning on child gun deaths and injuries in Florida: "In Harm's Way." [JOHN PENDYGRAFT |   Times]
  3. 'Please don't let me die.' Gus Bilirakis hears from district on Obamacare


    Rep. Gus Bilirakis issued the call to residents of his conservative district on Facebook: Come share your thoughts on the future of health care.

    More than 200 people took the Republican congressman up on it, packing a Palm Harbor community center on Saturday morning so tightly that late-comers had to park down the street.

    The twist: Despite the demographics of the district, which includes all of Pasco and parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, nearly all the guests came to support for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era health law now on the chopping block....

    Hundreds turned out for a town hall meeting Saturday called by Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis. In this largely conservative district, the crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Obamacare. Despite their strong statements, Bilirakis favors repealing the Affordable Care Act to resolve its flaws.
  4. A Bilirakis gathering turns out to be strongly pro-Obamacare


    PALM HARBOR — Rep. Gus Bilirakis issued the call to residents of his conservative district on Facebook: Come share your thoughts on the future of health care.

    More than 200 people took the Republican congressman up on it, packing a Palm Harbor community center on Saturday morning so tightly that late-comers had to park down the street.

    The twist: Despite the demographics of the district, which includes all of Pasco and parts of Pinellas and Hills- borough counties, nearly all the guests came to support the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era health law now on the chopping block....

    Hundreds turned out in support of the Affordable Care Act at a town hall meeting Saturday with Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis.
  5. Researcher left Moffitt under a cloud from journal articles


    TAMPA — A longtime researcher who retracted 19 articles from the Journal of Biological Chemistry last month has parted ways with Moffitt Cancer Center, the center confirmed Tuesday.

    Dr. Jin Cheng asked to have his work withdrawn after an investigation found he used the same images to represent different experimental conditions, the journal's deputy editor Fred Guengerich said....

    Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. [Times files]
  6. Despite Obamacare rate hikes, advocates say many plans in Florida will be affordable in 2017


    Open enrollment for individual health insurance starts Tuesday — and local shoppers are already bracing for rate hikes.

    Florida won't be immune from the increases that made national headlines this week. Premiums for plans offered on and off the Affordable Care Act exchanges will rise by an average of 19 percent statewide, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

    Still, advocates insist the plans will be economical. A study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found 84 percent of Florida consumers will be able to purchase a plan with monthly premiums of $100 or less....

    Dr. Avery Rosnick-Slyker, of  USF's Florida Covering Kids & Families initiative, helped 26-year-old Nickolas St. Cyr purchase individual health insurance in 2015. The next Obamacare enrollment period begins on Nov. 1, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  7. Whatever your situation, Medicare's open enrollment period is a chance to reassess

    Life Times

    It's that time again.

    No, we're not talking about the return of pumpkin-spice-flavored everything, though that's definitely happening, too. We're talking about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors.

    Oct. 15 marks the start of the annual open enrollment period for Medicare plans. The window, one of the few times enrollees can change their coverage, runs through Dec. 7....

  8. Hurricane Matthew surges north



    A relentless Hurricane Matthew came at Florida's northeast coast like a bulldozer Friday, driving thick walls of water over the dunes that chewed up roads and flooded residential neighborhoods.

    The monster storm was blamed for at least six deaths in the state, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and disrupted electric service to nearly 1.2 million customers in 25 counties....

    Trooper Paul Thompson with Florida Highway Patrol works to clear a pine tree that had fallen from the winds of Hurricane Matthew from the northbound lanes of I-95 near Edgewater, Fla. on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
  9. Hurricane Matthew begins its assault on Florida



    Millions of Floridians braced Friday morning as Hurricane Matthew lashed the state's east coast with dangerous winds and 9-foot storm surges.

    The storm, already blamed for nearly 300 deaths in the Caribbean, approached as a Category 4 hurricane Thursday night, capable of inflicting catastrophic damage. It packed sustained winds of 130 mph, strong enough to snap trees and power poles and obliterate homes in its direct path. Few storms that powerful have hit the Sunshine State....

    Ken Sampson, 26, and Isani Velasquez, 19, both students at Embry-Riddle, talk while they wait in line for the shelter at Mainland High School to open ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.
  10. As Hurricane Matthew strengthens, evacuations ordered for Florida's east coast


    FORT PIERCE — A monstrous Hurricane Matthew menaced Florida late Wednesday, maintaining a potentially disastrous trajectory that could rake the state's entire Atlantic coast and force the largest evacuation in state history.

    The Category 3 storm prompted mandatory evacuations in Brevard, Martin and Palm Beach counties, with more expected Thursday. Gov. Rick Scott urged Floridians to heed the orders, and activated 1,500 members of the Florida National Guard. ...

    A shopper walks by the empty shelves where bottled water normally would be, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, at a grocery store in Hollywood, Fla. Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas and nearly 2 million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes Wednesday, a mass exodus ahead of a major storm packing power the U.S. hasn't seen in more than a decade. [Associated Press]
  11. Amid cancer research push, Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center earns top national designation


    TAMPA — Moffitt Cancer Center has once again been awarded the National Cancer Institute's top title, Moffitt officials announced Thursday.

    The NCI's prestigious "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation honors cancer research institutions for their scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of their work. Currently, only 47 cancer centers in the United States hold the title.

    Moffitt is the only one based Florida. The Mayo Clinic, which is based in Minnesota but has a location in Jacksonville, is also a Comprehensive Cancer Center....

    The National Cancer Institute has once again awarded Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center its top designation for cancer research and scientific leadership. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] 
  12. No Labor Day holiday for mosquito-control workers as storm improves conditions for Zika spread


    Hurricane Hermine toppled trees, deluged roads and knocked out power as it blew across Florida on Thursday night.

    And some experts say the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years could also complicate matters when it comes to Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects.

    Florida is the only state where Zika is spreading by mosquitoes, namely the species known as Aedes aegypti. State health officials have confirmed 49 locally acquired cases, including one in Pinellas County....

    Mosquito-control crews in the bay area will step up their efforts this weekend to hold down Aedes aegypti population.
  13. 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.
  14. 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] 
  15. 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....

    Left to Right: Kathryn Gillette, CEO, and Market President of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, shakes hands with Dr. Charles J. Lockwood, the dean of the University of South Florida's Morsani College of Medicine after signing an affiliation agreement in 2015. Lockwood said USF Health has a bright present and future, and part of his plan to ensure that is to strengthen partnerships with institutions such as Bayfront Health. [SCOTT KEELER    |      TIMES]