Excellence in Mentoring Award to Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH

Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH, was honored with the Allen Humphrey Excellence in Mentoring Award for her mentorship of a medical student participating in the Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship Program (DSRP) in 2019. Dr. Rudd mentored Gabriela Galli, a second-year Pitt medical student, who conducted research on acute kidney injury (AKI) among adults hospitalized with sepsis in Thailand.

The research project focused on better understanding the patterns of infection-related AKI in this rural, resource-limited setting, and investigated the risk factors for AKI and the features associated with death among these patients. The project used data from Ubon-Sepsis, a large, 4-year prospective cohort study conducted at Sunpassithiprasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. Dr. Rudd and Ms. Galli found that AKI is extremely common in this setting, and patients who are older and have chronic diseases such as heart failure are at higher risk.

“Ms. Galli’s work is incredibly important – worldwide, the majority of patients with sepsis are in resource-limited settings. It is vital that we better understand the complications these patients develop so that we can appropriately monitor and treat them,” said Dr. Rudd, who is assistant professor of Critical Care Medicine in Pitt’s Department of Critical Care Medicine. “Mentoring medical trainees like Gabby is one of the most fulfilling and joyful parts of my professional life. It is a privilege that we as faculty get to learn from and teach the next generation of physician-scientists.”

Based primarily on student nominations, the Allen Humphrey Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes a mentor who demonstrated exemplary care and commitment in all aspects of student mentoring for the DSRP. Dr. Allen Humphrey was a distinguished researcher and former dean for Medical Student Research; he retired from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. He had served as both the director for the DSRP as well as for the Scholarly Research Project since 2007. 

Dr. Rudd’s research interests focus on sepsis epidemiology, the global burden of sepsis, and identification and management of critical illness in low resource settings. She plans to mentor several Pitt medical students during the Dean's Summer Research Scholarship Program in 2020.