Katharyne M. Sullivan, M.D., 48

JULY 8, 1964-AUG. 11, 2012

August 17, 2012
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Katharyne Mary Sullivan, M.D., 48, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, after a valiant battle with acute myeloid leukemia at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Sullivan was born July 8, 1964, in New York City. She was raised in Pittsford, N.Y., and received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rochester in 1987.

A few years after marrying the love of her life, she decided to further her education at the University of Buffalo Medical School.

Dr. Sullivan completed her child and adolescent psychiatry residency at the University of Rochester in 1997 and started her career at Behavioral Health Services, Washington County Health Systems, in Hagerstown, Md. She worked there for several years before moving to Leesburg, Va., in 2001 to pursue the position of child and adolescent psychiatrist at Graydon Manor (a children's home).

In 2005, Kathy decided to start her own practice, called Children and Families First, in Leesburg, where she began to treat not only children, but families and adults.

In 2011, Kathy joined Grafton Integrated Health Network as their new chief medical officer. She was looking forward to this new chapter in her career but quickly became ill.

Over the years, she was a very athletic woman who completed a triathlon, enjoyed sailing and loved to ski.

Dr. Sullivan is survived by her beloved husband of 25 years, Alan Thomas Sullivan of Leesburg; three wonderful children, Robert, Hannah and Thomas "Max" Sullivan, all of Leesburg; her parents, Wirt M. and Mary Anne Linck Chaney of Ashburn, Va.; three siblings, Michael Chaney of Vail, Colo., and Maryanne Chaney and David Chaney, both of New York, N.Y.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 55 Oak Crest Manor, in Leesburg. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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