Surgery Education - Our Residents & Fellows
General Surgery Resident
MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids, MI, 2015
Other Post-Graduate Training:
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2007
2015, Research Assistant, reviewed cases of Wilms' tumor with intravascular extension for patient survival and outcomes. Faculty advisors: Dr. Eric Borgstein MD and Dr. Daniel Aronson MD, Department of Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi
2012, Research Lab Assistant, cultured and assayed fetal placental tissue with bisphenol A to measure the effect on placental hormone production. Faculty advisor: Dr. Richard Miller PhD, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester
2009-2010, Clinical Research Assistant; identified and enrolled patients into clinical research studies in the pediatric emergency department and assisted in developing a ECG tutorial for residents to improve pediatric ECG interpretation. Faculty advisor: Dr. Neva Howard MD, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital
2002-2004, Research Consultant for the World Bank, co-author; research included behavior change communication, human resources in health and the migration of health professionals. Advisors: Edward Elmendorf and Gilles Dussault
Elmendorf AE, Cabanero-Verzosa C, Lioy M, LaRusso K. Behavior change communication for better health outcomes in Africa: experience and lessons learned from World Bank-financed health, nutrition, and population projects. Africa Region Human Development working paper series No. 92. Washington (DC): World Bank Group, Human Development Sector, Africa Region; 2005 July. Report No.:33645. Sponsored by the World Bank.
LaRusso K. International recruitment of nurses in the UK: a perspective from Wales. Georgetown Undergraduate Journal of Health Sciences. 2004 Apr (cited 2011 Apr 19);1(3):(about 15 p.) Available from: https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/journal-of-health-sciences/
Elmendorf AE, Cabanero-Verzosa C, Lioy M, LaRusso K. Behavior change communication under World Bank-financed health, nutrition, and population projects in Africa. Paper presented at: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Behavior, Lifestyle, and Social Determinants of Health; 2003 Nov 15-19; San Francisco, CA.
Elmendorf AE, LaRusso K, Palacios C, Rocha Pimenta I. Human resources for health in World Bank operations in Africa. Paper presented at: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Evidence Based Policy and Practice; 2005 Dec 10-14; Philadelphia, PA.
Metz M, LaRusso K, VanBronkhorst S, Steibel M. Time to positivity of bacterial cultures in infants aged 0-90 days during evaluation for serious bacterial infection. Research presented at: Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners Research Day 2014 April 23; Grand Rapids, MI.
Weatherly D, LaRusso K, Mendoca S, Teng C, Steinhardt G. Do epididymal cysts result from endocrine disruption? Paper presented at: European Society for Pediatric Urology Annual Meeting 2014 May 7-10; Innsbruck, Austria.
Honors & Awards:
2010, Albert Schweitzer Public Health Fellow, Lambarene, Gabon
Kathryn grew up in Rochester, New York and completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in International Health. She worked on several public health projects in West and Central Africa before attending medical school at Michigan State University. Kathryn is interested in working to improve surgical services globally, particularly for children and in low-resource settings.
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