“As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “the first wealth is health.” I take the health of my patients very seriously and am honored to teach them how to be as healthy as they can be. I appreciate their trust and confidence as we work together to improve their quality of life.”

Board Certification

  • American Board of Internal Medicine


Internship and Residency

Franklin Square Hospital Center
Internal Medicine
Chief Resident
Baltimore, MD
1986 and 1989

Medical School

Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University
Doctor of Medicine
Class President 1982-1985
Augusta, GA

Undergraduate School

Georgia Southern College
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Magna Cum Laude
Statesboro, GA

Hospitals Affiliated With

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
Phoebe North Hospital

Professional Associations

American College of Physicians (ACP)

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Dougherty County Medical Society (DCMS)

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG)

Personal Interests

Dr. Kitchen’s husband, Steven Kitchen, MD, is also a physician and is Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer with Phoebe Putney Health System. The Kitchen’s have three daughters.

Other than her children, Dr. Kitchen’s favorite interests are music and growing roses. She sings in the Porterfield United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and in the past has directed the children’s Angel Choir. She is a staunch supporter of Girls Inc here in Albany, serving on their “Committee of 100” for many years. But if she has a spare moment, you just might find her tending her roses.


Roses bloom and patients thrive under the caring touch of Dr. Kay Kitchen.

Her goal? “…to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for each patient, given time constraints of a busy practice,” she said. She concentrates on nurturing relationships with patients and their families. Her goal is to help them through difficult times. “I have the rare and privileged opportunity to make a difference in my patients’ lives; I don’t take this opportunity lightly,” she says.

Caring for patients means more than treating illnesses, Dr. Kitchen explains. It includes teaching them how to live better lives. “I try to teach them how to improve their health, prevent disease, and prolong their lives.” This comprehensive approach to patient care is integral to her philosophy of life.

“Having a strong spiritual background, I felt a calling to pursue a career in helping others,” she says. “I love biology and find it fascinating to learn the intricacies and workings of the human body – one of God’s miraculous creations.”

Dr. Kitchen’s commitment has been recognized by her peers as well as patients. During her sophomore year, she was chosen the first female class president at the Medical College of Georgia and was re-elected class president her junior and senior years. She was chosen by her colleagues here in Albany to serve as president of the Dougherty County Medical Society.