Profiles of some of our area's top nurses.
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UT Medical Group
Kathy King is a family nurse practitioner with the UT Medical Group Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where she cares for cancer patients and individuals with ear, nose, and throat problems.
With more than 15 years’ experience in head and neck surgical oncology, King is familiar with and attuned to the special needs of head and neck cancer patients, who often experience speech and swallowing impairments. Her knowledge of these challenges led her to found UT Medical Group’s Head and Neck Disease Support (HANDS) group. She also presents educational programs to elementary and middle-school students about the dangers of tobacco and offers smoking cessation classes for individuals who want to quit.
King is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and the Family Nurse Practitioner certification. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Society of Otolaryngology Nurses, and the Oncology Nursing Society. King has received multiple honors for her achievements, including Memphis Woman magazine’s “50 Women Who Make a Difference” award, the Excellence in Nursing Award at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, and the UT Medical Group Gold Standard Award. She was also a finalist in the community outreach category of the 2006 Health Care Heroes Awards, sponsored by the Memphis Business Journal.