Kathy Aligene grew up in Brooklyn and attended the University of Rochester where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and Immunology. During her undergraduate experience, she worked in an immunology laboratory where she worked on multiple sclerosis. She then became a middle and junior high school science and math teacher for two years between college and medical school. As the big sister in her family, teaching was a natural fit for her. Each day as a teacher and private tutor, she looked forward to inspiring students of all levels to help them discover and learn about science.
After receiving her medical degree from St. George’s University Medical School, Kathy became a medical resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in the Upper East Side. During residency, she has been able to publish a variety of peer-reviewed articles and chapters on traumatic brain injury, sports concussion, facial pain, and musculoskeletal ultrasound guided intervention. Aside from her scholarly work within the field, one of her greatest accomplishments has been as the chief resident for her program where her major role is teaching patients, medical staff, students, and junior co-residents.
Kathy chose her medical specialty to engage patients in their rehabilitation, to promote their wellness, and to improve their quality of life, a philosophy that she adopted from her experience as a teacher, tutor, and mentor.
Before her medical pursuits, Kathy was involved in theatre, dance, and performing arts. She was also actively involved in youth summer enrichment camps before and during college. Kathy offers her expertise in a broad array of sciences and enjoys working with the middle school age-group.