Kathleen Herron, MD was born in New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. After graduating, Dr. Herron worked for several years for the American Health Foundation, conducting epidemiology research interviews at Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center. She left this to attend medical school in Mexico, receiving her MD from the Universidad del Noreste in Tampico, Mexico.
Her residency in Psychiatry was done at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. This was followed by a year Psychopharmacology Fellowship at Mt Sinai Medical Center, also in New York City. Following this, she worked at Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center, doing both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as consulting for the Neurology Department. She became the Psychiatry Medical Student Coordinator at LIJ-Hillside Medical Center for students from Stonybrook Medical School and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She also coordinated the 1st and 2nd year of Psychiatry Residency training, prior to leaving to join the Navy.
While in the Navy, she was stationed at San Diego Naval Medical Center, eventually becoming the Psychiatry Inpatient Director. During her 5 years in the military, she was deployed to Croatia at the Fleet Hospital 6 (commanded by the Navy) as part of the UN forces in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, and was part of a 2 person team evaluating personnel who would “winter over” in the Antarctic.
She was honorably discharged with the rank of Commander. Dr. Herron then joined the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University as the Director of the Mood Disorders Program, but decided to return to California to work at VA Long Beach Healthcare System. While here, she did both inpatient and outpatient care; been a member, then Chair, of the IRB; been the Psychiatry Outpatient Chief and ACOS of Education prior to retiring in 2014. Dr. Herron continues her involvement in the Department of Research as a member of the IRB, as well as a Director on the SCIRE Biomedical Research Foundation board.