“The Primary Care Clinician’s Perspective on Lung Cancer Screening”

Cathleen E. Morrow, MD,
Chair, Department of Community & Family Medicine
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH 
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH

Dr. Morrow received her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont in 1987. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester’s Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY in 1990 as well as a Family Medicine Faculty Development Program at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH in 2000. Prior to attending medical school, she trained and practiced as a midwife in Oregon and rural Maine.

Cathy joined the faculty in 1993 as part of the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in central Maine as the first full-time faculty member based in Waterville, where the residency rotated residents in a community hospital site in Obstetrics, Surgery, and Medicine. Dr. Morrow
assumed responsibility for the community prenatal, family planning and colposcopy clinics. She designed and implemented new clinical rotations in Pediatrics for residents and began the development of a second model family medicine center in anticipation of the planned expansion of the residency and substantially increasing access to primary care for an underserved central Maine location. In November of 1993, the MDFMR opened in Fairfield with Dr. Morrow as its
solo practitioner and medical director. From 1992 – 1996 she served as Medical Director of the MDFPR in Fairfield, ME, and as Associate Director of the MDFPR in both Augusta and Fairfield, ME from 1995 – 2005.

Dr. Morrow transitioned into the role of Director of the Community and Family Medicine Clerkship and Pre-Doctoral programs at the Geisel School of Medicine and DHMC in 2008. She served as Section Chief and Vice Chair of the department from 2012 – 2014, continued as to serve as Vice Chair from 2014 – 2015, and has been Chair of the Department of Community and
Family Medicine since November 1, 2015. She served as director of the Rural Health Scholars from 2008 – 2012, and Director of the Family Medicine Clerkship from 2008 – 2016. She has contributed extensively to the medical school curriculum in primary care venues and serves as a
passionate advocate for the role of primary care within and without the academic health system. Her many years of rural community-based practice are critical to her advocacy and understanding of the critical issues facing the healthcare system.

A mom of two grown sons, when Cathy isn’t leading or teaching or seeing patients, she can be found enjoying all outdoor activities, especially back country skiing and sailing. She has
completed two Atlantic crossings in a 36 ft sloop, and taught and travelled throughout Central America, China, and Vietnam.

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