Local physician earns national recognition

Published 9:05 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Kathleen Hectorne, a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, was selected to receive both the Rose Hirschler and President’s awards from the Women’s Dermatologic Society. Both annual awards will be presented at the Women’s Dermatologic Society annual business meeting during the American Academy of Dermatology meeting on Sunday in Orlando.

Kathleen Hectorne

Kathleen Hectorne

“I am so honored to have been recognized by my peers, whom I hold in high regard, and am humbled that I have been chosen for not one but two awards,” Hectorne said. “Through the Women’s Dermatologic Society, I have had the opportunity to work with strong, enlightened, extraordinary men and women who have advised, encouraged and befriended me. Through my role on the board of directors as well as the executive committee, I have developed personally and professionally, enabling me to better serve my patients and community.”

According to a press release, the Rose Hirschler Award is presented to physicians who have made significant contributions to medicine and dermatology, and who, by their achievement, have served to enhance the role of women in the dermatologic specialty.

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The President’s Award is given to an individual who supported the president of the WDS in an extraordinary way and helped make the society a better organization.

“Dr. Hectorne has always excelled in her clinical practice and has a deep commitment to her patients,” Mark Ciota, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, said. “It’s so wonderful to see her recognized for her national efforts in her specialty as she strives to enhance and promote dermatology as a career for women.  She’s a great role model for any woman interested in medicine as a career.”

The Women’s Dermatologic Society was founded in 1973, and is the third- largest dermatology society in the country. It has over 1,600 members and is committed to mentorship, public service and leadership development.