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Katie Fitzpatrick

Katie FitzpatrickI chose to work for The Ghosh Center after a long journey with my mother and sister, who were both patients of Dr. Ghosh’s. I was spending a considerable amount of time in the office with  them for appointments, as well as during many hospitalizations, which led to many long discussions with Dr. Ghosh. At the time, I was also working at Mercy on the oncology unit, and Dr. Ghosh eventually asked if I would like to join his team. It felt like the only natural decision!

In the spring of 2019, I will have completed my bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mt. Mercy University, having already obtained an associates degree in nursing from Kirkwood Community College. Following the completion of my BSN, I intend to continue my education to become a nurse practitioner. My previous nursing experience has been in Cedar Rapids at St. Luke’s on the general surgery and post cardiac surgery unit for two years and at Mercy on the general surgery/oncology unit for five years. Prior to working in hospitals, I worked with and had some exposure to integrative medicine.

My free time is spent studying (LOL). When I actually have down time, I read, support the Rolling Panthers (check out this amazing team), work on starting up my own non-profit in Cedar Rapids and spend time with friends and family because life is indeed too short.

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