Kate Leonard

Kate Leonard

Hometown: Tustin, CA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California

Pritzker Activities: Maria Shelter ClinicHealth Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program, Pritzker Christian Fellowship, Community Health Clinic, Revisit Co-Chair

S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Basic Sciences

S&D Mentor and Project: Francis Alenghat, MD, PhD- Monocyte and Macrophage Subtypes as Paired Cell Biomarkers for Coronary Artery Disease

Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?

When I visited Pritzker on interview day and eventually at Revisit, I fell in love with this school. The faculty and students were warm and sincere, the opportunities for community engagement and meaningful scholarship were numerous, and the quality of medical education was of the highest caliber. It was a place I could see myself engaged, thriving, and being equipped to pursue my dreams in medicine. These elements that I sensed during my brief exposure to Pritzker have only proved more and more true with each year spent here. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago or the best thing about living in Chicago?

As someone who grew up far removed from a city, one of my favorite things about Chicago is the amount of beautiful, open space that we can enjoy. Whether jogging along the lakefront path, taking a walk through Millennium Park, or exploring the Lincoln Park Zoo, there's no shortage of lush spaces and wildlife to enrich the experience of living in a city.