Sr. Seibert Honored with Alumni Merit Award

Sr. Seibert Honored with Alumni Merit Award

Sister Katherine Seibert, SC, MD’76, was honored as the School of Medicine Alumni Merit Award recipient at the Evening of Honors ceremony and reception on Friday, Feb. 7.

The Creighton University Alumni Merit Award recognizes outstanding alumni from each school and college. These passionate leaders touch and enrich lives, encouraging and inspiring others while they serve selflessly, making a difference in their communities and leaving the world a better place.

Sister Katherine Seibert, a sister of Charity of New York for 66 years, earned her Master of Science in biology and Doctor of Philosophy in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame, and received her Doctor of Medicine from Creighton University. She completed a fellowship in oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland and served as chief of oncology at several New York City hospitals.

In 1990, Sr. Seibert became the only oncologist in Sullivan County in New York, building cancer care from the ground up in the county and tirelessly delivering care to cancer patients and the underserved. Under her leadership, the cancer care program received the highest possible accreditation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Sr. Seibert has dedicated her time as an internist at Hudson River HealthCare in Monticello and Haverstraw, New York, giving primary and preventive care to improve the health of the community, especially the underserved and vulnerable. In her spare time for the past 20 years, she trains rescue dogs to work as therapy dogs in reading programs in the local school, library or in summer camp for children with cancer.

Recognized as a woman rewriting 21st century medical practice and patient care, Sr. Seibert has received several honors, including being named “Person of the Year” by the Notre Dame Club of New York and being given the title of “Local Legend” as part of the Celebration of America’s Physicians. In 2000, she was one of only three physicians in the nation to receive the American Cancer Society’s Lane W. Adams Award for Excellence in Caring.

Read about all the 2020 Alumni Merit Award recipients.