Christiana Russ, MD
Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education
Instructor in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital
Global Health Curriculum for Pediatric Residents
Dr. Russ is a pediatric hospitalist who graduated from Washington University in St. Louis as a systems science engineer and subsequently trained in medicine at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. She completed her residency training in pediatrics in 2007 at the Boston Combined Residency Program at Children's Hospital, Boston.
In her first year out of training Dr. Russ spent 6 months in western Kenya and Uganda, working with staff in two rural hospitals to improve pediatric care. This experience solidified her dedication to advancing pediatric care in resource limited settings, and her conviction that education of both medical staff and primary caregivers of children is the key to reducing child mortality. Upon her return she became a full time clinician educator in the Intermediate Care Program, a high acuity inpatient unit at Children's Hospital Boston. She was hired by the newly formed Children's Hospital Boston Center for Pediatric Global Health and dedicates her non-clinical time to global health education.
Dr. Russ is the rotation director for the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) Pediatric Global Health Rotations. She has worked to formalize processes and evaluations for overseas rotations. During her Rabkin Fellowship 2009-10 she developed an elective global health curriculum for pediatric residents seeking to prepare for clinical work in global health. She is continuing to augment that curriculum with focus on improving evaluation methods. Along with clinician educators from other Harvard institutions, she is building a consortium that will share resources for graduate medical education in global health.
Her global health work remains based in Eastern Africa, primarily Uganda and Kenya, with a focus on improving health in under-resourced areas through medical education in hospitals and clinics, and community education for the families that they serve. She continues to teach about pediatric care at Maseno Mission Hospital in Maseno, Kenya and Bishop Masereka Medical Center in Kasese, Uganda. She and a team from Vanderbilt University and Great Lakes University Kisumu are developing and evaluating videos targeted at caregivers waiting at the hospital and teaching about child health topics. An initial video on newborn care was completed and research is ongoing for a video on prevention and care of diarrhea in children. She has partnered with Millenium Villages and Millenium Cities to teach neonatal resuscitation and Helping Babies Breathe in western Kenya.