ASCI Young Physician-Scientist Award to Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor Kristina Rudd, MD, MPH has been honored with a 2022 Young Physician-Scientist Award by The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in recognition of her research at the intersection of population health and critical care delivery. She integrates concepts from syndemic theory and geospatial modelling to identify novel strategies to reduce socioeconomic disparities and improve health outcomes, with a specific focus on patients with sepsis and septic shock.

“Although Kristina is still in the early stages of her career, she has already produced ground-breaking work that has advanced our understanding of the social determinants of sepsis outcomes,” said Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS, vice chair for research in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, who nominated Dr. Rudd for the Young Physician-Scientist Award. “Remarkably, Kristina’s Lancet paper highlighting the key relationships between socio-demographics and sepsis incidence on a global scale has been cited over one-thousand times in little more than a year!”

Funded by a K23 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Dr. Rudd is applying the syndemic concept to sepsis via agent-based simulation and community-based participatory research. She lectures on these topics both nationally and internationally and was a key participant at a recent National Academy of Medicine workshop on sepsis.

Each year the ASCI Council honors up to 40 physician-scientists, who are early in their first faculty appointment and have made notable research achievements. The award provides Dr. Rudd with a two-year longitudinal experience that includes leadership development workshops, panel discussions with ASCI members, and interaction with peer groups.

Dr. Rudd joined the faculty of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. Her post-graduate training was completed at the University of Washington, where she gained her medical degree and completed residency in Internal Medicine, fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.