NEW YORK, July 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Health Council is proud to honor Dr. Kathleen Franco, the current standing Associate Dean of The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, as one of “America’s Best Doctors” for 2017.

Dr. Franco earned an MD in Medicine from Univ. of Toledo College of Medicine (1970), and completed a residency and fellowship in General and Child Psychiatry. She has worked at The Cleveland Clinic for 25 years and has been Associate Dean of The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine for 12 years. At CCLM, the focus is on educating “a limited number of highly qualified persons who seek to become physician investigators and scientists committed to the advancement of biomedical research and clinical practice.”  

As Associate Dean, Dr. Franco works with students to put their patients first, understand the impact of culture on patient outcomes, and to always strive to be their best.

Dr. Franco’s major clinical services within consultation-liaison psychiatry include cancer care, OBGYN/women’s health, neurological, respiratory, heart & vascular, and digestive diseases. She also possesses expertise in delirium and dementia. She chose a psychiatric profession because it allows her to interact with her patients more than any other specialty in the medical field. According to Dr. Franco, she enjoys the interaction with her patients as well as having a comprehensive approach when treating their minds and bodies. Some of her responsibilities consist of activities within the medical school admissions committee, including training students and residents who see patients, and participating in physician reviews.

Dr. Franco’s accolades include winning Teacher of the Year four times, and receiving The Nightingale Physician Collaboration Awards from the nurses at The Cleveland Clinic. She is associated with The American Psychiatric Association, The American College of Physicians, The American College of Psychiatrists, and The American Psychosomatic Association, among others. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her charitable causes include Community Health Initiative and local church activities.

In her spare time, Dr. Franco enjoys arts and crafts, traveling, photography, and spending time with her grandchildren.

About the American Health Council:

The American Health Council is the nation’s only organization with a constituency representative of all sectors of the healthcare industry. From the coasts to the heartland, the American Health Council has drawn Affiliates from major metropolitan hubs and small communities. These Affiliates span generations and have reached different stages of their careers — from recent graduates to retirees. More information about the American Health Council and its mission can be found at:

Additionally, the American Health Council strives to provide recognition and support for those individuals and institutions making the difference in patients’ lives day in and day out. Throughout 2017, the AHC is honoring “America’s Best Doctors and Nurses,” as well as the nation’s best medical universities and hospitals. The American Health Council’s “Best in Medicine” and “Best in Nursing” awards programs honor the individuals and institutions that have contributed significantly to medicine and nursing, as well as the training and education of physicians and nurses. The most current selections for these honors may be viewed here: and

CONTACT: For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Moore
American Health Council
Hauppauge, NY United States
Phone: 1-212-390-0214