Kathy spotlight

One of the world’s few female heart transplant surgeons, Magliato, director of Women’s Cardiac Services at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, has challenged boundaries and defied the odds ever since she was a young girl determined to be a doctor.

Initially rejected from medical school, she fought on to become the first woman to train in three prestigious medical centers. Fast forward to today and this surgeon, MBA, mother of two boys, wife of a liver transplant surgeon, philanthropist, author, executive producer and entrepreneur, keeps on challenging herself while helping others. In her memoir, Heart Matters (Random House, 2011), she educates women about the dangers of heart disease, the number one cause of death among women . She also founded and serves as Chief Medical Officer of a medical device company, whose investors and executive team include multiple Anderson alumni.

“Before I came to Anderson, I was fluent in the language of medicine, but completely ignorant of the language of business. While one language is used to save lives, the other is used to change lives and I found them both extraordinary and necessary in my evolution as a physician and a surgeon.”

Director of Women's Cardiac Services,
Saint John's Health Center

Dr. Kathy Magliato (Executive MBA ’06) has a message for those who are waiting for opportunity to knock, “stop waiting and go for it; whether you are in the operating room or the boardroom, it’s all about the balance between risk and opportunity.”