Katherine Valencia Caro, M.S., MHS, RDN, PA-C, is a nationally certified physician assistant with the Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles Program. Healthy Lifestyles is committed to empowering children and adolescents to achieve a healthier lifestyle through family-based education, clinical care, and behavioral change.
Mrs. Caro is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program where she earned her Master of Health Science degree. She is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Medical Board. Mrs. Caro earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University. She is also a registered dietitian/nutritionist certified through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
She has over 10 years of experience in the field of food and nutrition prior to becoming a physician assistant. Mrs. Caro has special interest in achieving health equity and eliminating health disparities. She is passionate about promoting cultural awareness and social justice. During the entirety of her career she has sought to serve low-income and underserved communities to bridge the cultural and healthcare gap between provider and patient. As a physician assistant she has worked to provide accessible and high-quality care to the medically underserved at Healthy Lifestyles and previously at a federally qualified health center. As a registered dietitian she chose to work in publicly funded programs such as Head Start and Older American Acts nutrition programs. She is the first ever recipient of the Duke Physician Assistant Program Joyce Clayton Nichols Memorial Award, which she received in 2016 in recognition of her service, advocacy, and humanitarianism.
Mrs. Caro lives in Durham, N.C., with her husband, dog, and cat. She enjoys running and training for long distance events. She has completed four full marathons and fifteen half marathons.