Women in Medicine: Trail-Blazers at Kennedy!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

For the first time in history, the American Association of Medical Schools reported in November 2010 that female medical school applicants exceeded those of males. Additionally, more registered nurses are pursuing advanced degrees in nursing science. The Kennedy Health System has several fine examples of women who are blazing trails within their professions:


Carolyn J. Horowitz, MD, PhDCarolyn J. Horowitz, M.D., Ph.D, serves as Medical Director of Penn Radiation Oncology at Kennedy. Dr. Horowitz is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Horowitz graduated from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey -Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She holds a master's degree and a doctorate in physiology from Rutgers University, as well as a master's in natural science from Eastern New Mexico University. She completed a three-year residency in Radiation Oncology at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology. But Dr. Horowitz's talents cannot be measured by her educational achievements alone. She is a dynamic and caring physician – and a leader in her chosen field. At Kennedy, Dr. Horowitz directs the medical care at Penn Radiation Oncology at Kennedy. Her mission is to bring compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer management and treatment to the South Jersey area. She has been named a "Top Doc" in various South Jersey and Philadelphia publications.



Linda Carrick, PhD, RN, CNAALinda A. Carrick, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.A.A., is Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer with the Kennedy Health System. In this role, Dr. Carrick – who oversees Kennedy's Department of Nursing at its three acute care hospitals and numerous ambulatory facilities – has expanded responsibility in the areas of patient care outcomes management, service excellence and patient safety. Dr. Carrick has held numerous academic and leadership positions in her more than 25 years in the field in the nursing.  Prior to joining Kennedy in 2006 as Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, she had served as Associate Director of Healthcare/Nursing Administration and Health Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School, and as a Healthcare Consultant for the Genesis Healthcare Corporation of Kennett Square, PA.  Dr. Carrick is also a Wharton J&J Nurse Executive Fellow and served as a Faculty Mentor for the 2006 - 2007 National Maternal-Child Health Nursing Leadership Academy.  In 2007, she was named one of the one of the New Jersey Institute for Nursing's "Divas and Dons," for her extraordinary impact on the profession and the community.  Dr. Carrick earned both her doctorate degree in healthcare administration and her master's of science degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.



Livia E. Bratis, DOLivia E. Bratis, D.O., is Medical Director of the Intensivist Program at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, NJ, where she coordinates and monitors patients in the ICU, working closely with a multi-disciplinary team to address subtle changes in medical conditions early and proactively, helping to ensure the highest level of care and positive outcomes. A 1995 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., and a 1999 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bratis is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. In 2009,  Dr. Bratis was listed in Philadelphia Magazine as one of "The Next Generation of Great Philadelphia Doctors." In 2008, Dr. Bratis was named "Teacher of the Year" for Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine, where she serves as Associate Professor. Dr. Bratis, who is known for her compassionate nature, also plays an active role in Kennedy's end-of-life and organ procurement initiative, helping families work through challenging and difficult end-of-life issues.



Melanie Angelo, DOMelanie Angelo, D.O., Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill, NJ, graduated in 1994 from Rutgers University and is a 1998 graduate of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Angelo is board certified in Emergency Medicine -- a field she says she was drawn to because of the challenges and rewards intrinsic in caring for those in crisis.

"For me, the more pressure, the better. I guess you could say this job chose me – I thrive in the ED," she said. "It's challenging and very rewarding."

Among her many achievements, Dr. Angelo was instrumental in the Kennedy – Cherry Hill ED being named a state Primary Stroke Center, a designation based on the hospital's advanced capabilities and protocols for the rapid and effective diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. Currently, a $9.7 million expansion is underway that will nearly double the size of the Emergency Department. So, while this busy ER might get even busier, Dr. Angelo will happily rise to that challenge.

"I hope my patients think I give them great care both physically and mentally," she said. "That's what I teach the (UMDNJ-SOM) Residents here: Think with your brain and your heart."