Family Medicine

Kathleen Nelson, MD

Drexel Univeristy College of Medicine


Hello! My name is Kathleen and I’m originally from New Hartford, CT. I grew up enjoying the farms, rivers, and forests of my hometown. I left home to attend college at Susquehanna University where I majored in English and explored the liberal arts through courses in music, religion, and science. I cherished the opportunity to learn about the human condition, different cultures, and diverse perspectives through my humanities coursework before focusing on the sciences in medical school. During college, I served as a student deacon with the university’s chaplain office and volunteered in my community through Alpha Phi Omega, a coed service fraternity. After graduation, I finished my pre-medicine courses at University of Connecticut and then moved to New Haven, CT to participate in the Episcopal Service Corps. During this service year, I lived at a historic church and worked at non-profit that provides social services to people living with HIV and AIDS. I then had the privilege of attending Drexel University for medical school where I fell in love with Family Medicine. During medical school, I participated in a Women’s Health Scholar Program, helped create a naloxone outreach program for the Philadelphia community, and worked on staff for my school’s literary magazine. I am honored to train at Brown University and pursue my interests in preventive medicine, community outreach, political advocacy, and harm reduction. I’m also excited to come home to New England, to be close to family and friends, and of course to be near the beach! During my medical training in Providence, I hope to go plastic free, join a swing dance club, and expand my handmade marble collection.