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BWFH’s Lab Expands

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Matt Fortin

Matt Fortin recently started at BWFH as the Lab Operations Manager. He previously worked as a lab support manager at Milford Hospital and at Boston Children’s Hospital before stepping into this role. Fortin enjoys his new position and the atmosphere at BWFH. “I like how everyone is on board with taking care of a patient and making sure everything is done correctly. There is great follow through on that,” he said.

Fortin started early in his career as a CNA but switched to the phlebotomy field and has worked in a lab setting ever since. At BWFH, he is responsible for phlebotomy, data processing, and various other operational duties. He enjoys the ever-changing nature of the laboratory field.

In his free time, Fortin enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.

Katy Horback

Katy Horback, MD, was named the Associate Pathologist and Medical Director of BWFH’s Clinical Laboratories after working in the Brigham Health system since 2019. Previously she worked as an Associate Pathologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Horback received her undergraduate degree in biology from Reed College and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her residency and fellowship training at BWH before starting on staff at BWH. She currently splits her time between the BWH and BWFH labs. Her responsibilities include cytopathology and general surgical pathology, which consists of handling cytopathology and anatomic pathology - receiving, examining, and diagnosing biopsy and resection specimens.

Horback’s favorite part of the job is learning about evolving and changing research, as well as being in the background of patient care. She also likes working in the smaller environment of BWFH but appreciates the access to BWH as well. “It’s the best of both worlds,” she said. “People here are amazing, and it is the place to be for pathology and interacting with other clinicians.”

In her free time, Horback enjoys gardening and hiking.


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