Kathy Magliato, M.D.

“I was drawn to the medical center because of the forward-thinking vision of the hospital’s administration and philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist,” says respected heart surgeon Kathy Magliato, M.D., who came to the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Fall 2008.

"I was drawn to the medical center because of the forward-thinking vision of the hospital’s administration and philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist,” says respected heart surgeon Kathy Magliato, M.D., who came to the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Fall 2008.

“With their extreme generosity and Torrance Memorial’s model of awareness and prevention we can really affect lifestyle changes to stop heart disease before the patient ever reaches the operating room.”

A native of Upstate New York, Kathy came to Los Angeles after being recruited by Cedars Sinai Medical Center as a transplant surgeon and to help develop an artificial heart program. “My husband, also a surgeon in training at UPMC, was offered a liver transplant fellowship position at UCLA Medical Center, and so LA became our destiny. He is now a liver transplant surgeon at Cedars Sinai.”

Since beginning her practice in the South Bay, Kathy has noticed a community of health conscious residents already committed to a healthy lifestyle, and one always seeking information on health issues. “The South Bay expects a certain level of quality healthcare providers,” she says. “Working in this environment with a highly skilled surgical team, using the best technology, has been extremely rewarding. I know going into a case that I’m working with the best, and that’s satisfying.”

Kathy will soon tour with her upcoming book, Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon, available in January. Notes Kathy, “Because heart disease is the number one killer of women, I encourage all women and those who love them to attend the Torrance Memorial Lundquist Women’s Heart Health Conference in February.”

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