Kathryn Mikkelsen is the Executive Director of the North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF) in Boston, MA.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of NATF, Kathryn was the Project Manager of the Thrombosis Research Group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). At BWH, Kathryn was responsible for planning the monthly PE Support Group that Dr. Goldhaber and his nurse, Ruth Morrison run. It was at these meetings that she realized how little awareness there still is about VTE, and how scary a diagnosis it is for patients. Since then, she has been interested in developing programs for patients that not only provide medical education but also provide emotional support for patients, their caregivers, family, and friends.
In her role as the Executive Director, Kathryn has helped to start several VTE Support Groups throughout the US and Canada. Most recently, she started an online VTE Support Group, which meets monthly using WebEx and connects patients from around the world. She has also started a quarterly newsletter (The Beat), facilitated the publication of the NATF AF Action Initiative Consensus Document in the American Journal of Medicine, created several online and print resources for patients, and has planned several large educational conferences for both patients and healthcare providers.