Dr. Kathleen Netzley Franco

Kathleen Netzley Franco

Title: Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs
Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine/Case Western Reserve University
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Dr. Kathleen Netzley Franco, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medical Education.

Dr. Netzley Franco has been director of education psychiatry and consultant-liaisons of psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic Foundation for many years, and has been teaching psychiatry since 1979. She is certified in geriatric psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has always had an interest in critical care as well as teaching. In 2017, the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association recognized her with a Special Achievement Award. Dr. Netzley Franco is also a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Originally from Troy, OH, Dr. Netzley Franco attended the College of William and Mary, and further earned a MS from Ohio State University before completing a MD from the Medical College of Ohio. She believes her parents’ and teachers’ encouragement allowed her to reach as high as she could, and was taught that risks and preparation allowed her to find opportunities. Dr. Netzley Franco was a resident in pediatrics with the Medical College of Ohio, and became a fellow of child and adolescent medicine there in 1975. She concurrently served a residency in psychiatry with the Medical College of Ohio, which led her to several leadership positions in psychiatry and training programs.

In addition to her role in higher learning, Dr. Netzley Franco has been a mentor at the John Hay High School in Cleveland since 1992, and has supported her local churches and homeless centers. She was also a faculty advisor of the Burlington chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association from 1990 to 1992, and president of the Northwest Ohio chapter of the American Psychiatric Association from 1989 to 1999. Dr. Netzley Franco is also a distinguished life fellow of the organization, as well as a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and a member of numerous other medical groups.

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