Meet Dr. Katy Kimes
Dr. Katy Kimes is a nationally acclaimed and highly skilled Infectious Diseases Specialist, who is double board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine. In addition, she has a master's in public health with an emphasis on Global Health.
Dr. Kimes completed her undergraduate education at Pacific University in Oregon earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in molecular and cellular biology. She spent her junior year of college in Cape Town, South Africa, and completed courses at the University of Cape Town.
During her time in Cape Town, she was an active volunteer at Emasithandane, an orphanage for children infected and affected by HIV. She attended HIV clinics for community education and joined a student group called Treatment Action Campaign to serve as an advocate for the rights of people living with HIV. Dr. Kimes spent a significant amount of time in the South African townships, where she witnessed first-hand, the link and graded association between socioeconomic status and health, and the connections between disparities in diseases and health inequities.
Conditioned with this global perspective and a greater appreciation and understanding of health equities and inequalities, Dr. Kimes departed from
South Africa, convinced she would pursue a career as an Infectious Diseases doctor.
After completing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Kimes pursued and earned a master's degree in Public Health with an emphasis on Global Health. She then attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest.
After graduating from medical school, she completed her Internal medicine residency at Verde Valley Medical Center, a center dedicated to improving the health of the communities it serves and the sustainability of an environment of excellence wherein medical, social, and rehabilitative services are delivered proficiently, efficiently, and effectively to a wide variety of patient populations and pathologies. During her residency, she earned intern of the year and resident of the year awards.
Dr. Kimes believes that addressing social determinants of health will yield greater and sustainable returns to existing efforts to improve global health. Furthermore, she states that although inequities in health result from the social conditions that lead to illness, the high burden of illness particularly amongst socially disadvantaged populations creates a pressing need to make health systems responsive to population needs.
Upon graduation from residency, Dr. Kimes pursued an Infectious Diseases fellowship from The Mayo clinic where she developed a particular interest in coccidioidomycosis. She has authored and co-authored several papers including “Pulmonary Coccidioidomycosis” in “Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine” and “Coccidioidomycosis in patients treated with Ruxolitinib.” During her fellowship, she earned numerous honors and awards, including the Fellowship Appreciation Award from the Department of Internal medicine.
“Specialists are instrumental in setting the tone, and unless the specialists and multidisciplinary teams believe they are on the right path, then they do not have the kind of alignment that will help them move forward and achieve their intended clinical outcomes.”
Dr. Kimes has actively been involved in resident and specialist education. She believes in challenging old paradigms and that specialists are instrumental in setting the tone, and unless specialists believe they are on the right path, then they do not have the kind of alignment that will help them move forward and achieve their intended clinical outcomes. Her interests include coccidioidomycosis (valley fever), infections in immunocompromised patients, HIV, and antimicrobial stewardship.
Dr. Kimes frequently participates in conferences for clinicians with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Infectious Diseases. She has a passion for helping people, going the extra mile, and being a source, whom patients can trust with their overall healthcare experience. She is highly respected for her compassionate patient care, bedside manner, kind spirit, and dedication to her patients.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in nature, camping, hiking, traveling, spending time with her dogs, and listening to podcasts.