It’s Our Turn – Young Women’s Conference

This year I was honored to be invited to the It’s Our Turn – Young Women’s Conference at the Brentwood School. Over 1,000 teenage girls from Los Angeles area schools attended this one day event. Various female leaders, mentors and performers were present in order provide guidance, empower, and inspire these young women.

The event will be held again this January. You can learn more by visiting the Brentwood School website.

Queen Latifah Opens Up About Helping Her Mom Live With Heart Failure

“We’re not going to talk about dying from heart failure, we’re going to talk about living with heart failure because that’s what Rita’s doing,” says Los Angeles cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato…


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Queen Latifah and Her Mother Rita Owens Are Fighting Heart Failure—Together

Queen’s mother, Rita Owens, began experiencing symptoms of heart failure 10 years ago. The mother-daughter duo now work with theAmerican Heart Association and its “Rise Above Heart Failure” initiative, designed to cultivate awareness and decrease hospitalizations due to heart failure. Queen spoke with Parade about their journey, as did Kathy Magliato, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon and director of women’s cardiac services at St John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica…

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CCTV – Dr. Kathy Magliato: Heart disease and women – A silent killer

It’s a common misperception that heart disease mainly plagues men, but in reality, it’s actually the number one cause of death among women, worldwide.

Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world.“No country is immune from heart disease,” says Magliato.

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One of World’s Only Female Heart Surgeons Sits Down for a Heart-to9Heart Talk

In her violetblue surgical scrubs and wedge heels with shoulderlength blonde hair and matte blackmanicured nails, and carrying a pink tote bag, Dr. Kathy Magliato had a commanding presence as she greeted the PalisadianPost with a strong handshake and an engaging smile.

As one of the few female heart surgeons in the world (and in the history of heart surgery), the El Medio Bluffs resident Dr. Kathy Magliato attracts respect and admiration wherever she goes throughout her field and beyond.

Read more at the Palisadian-Post.


Message from Katie, a high school sophomore

Hello Mrs. Magliato! My name is Katherine Willis and I am a sophmore in high school from Pennsylvania. I just read your book and could not put it down. I know that I love science and now it is clear what I aspire to be. I want to help people everyday, so I want to be a doctor! I wanted to thank you for writing this book full of insight not only towards the medical field, but also to motherhood and balancing both worlds. I love school and understand the importance of good grades and dedication in order to follow your dreams. If you ever need a fun, smart, dedicated, and hardworking high school intern, I am your girl! Thanks again for this life changing book. There are stories and quotes that will stay with me forever. Thank you for inspiring me to do what I know I can do.


Thank you for inspiring me, Leonor

Dear Dr. Magliato,

I am 17 years old, and for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a heart surgeon. I’m a senior. I haven’t graduated high school yet and its already been difficult for me to pursue my dream. I’ve had many people, mostly family members, tell me that I shouldn’t become a heart surgeon. My mom has had the heaviest participation in this. My mom not only believes that becoming a heart surgeon is a waste of time because I need to study something that will “make money right away”, but also because she doesn’t believe I’m strong enough to become one. She doesn’t understand that the reason I want to become a heart surgeon has nothing to do with money. It is a calling that I was born with. It is a dream that I can not let go of. It is something far greater than myself. I have doubted and questioned myself many times, but time and time again I have realized that this my passion and I just refuse to let it go. I recently read your book Healing Hearts, and I just had to let you know what a great inspiration you are to me. Reading your book has given me fresh determination to keep on fighting for what I love. I hope to one day become half as great a doctor as you. Thank you for inspiring me.