Karissa Brazauskas, MD

 

Karissa was born in Boston, but moved to the small farm town of Woodbury, Connecticut as a toddler.  She first realized that medicine might be the career path for her after witnessing the live birth of five piglets down the hall from her high school English class.  She moved to Massachusetts in 2002 for college (and has since become a devoted fan of all Boston sports!).  Karissa graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University where she double-majored in Child Development and Community Health.  After college she continued her studies at Tufts, earning her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2010.  Following medical school, she completed her pediatrics residency at Massachusetts General Hospital during which time she developed a passion for pulmonary medicine.  She is currently a fellow in pediatric pulmonary medicine at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. She is now excited for the opportunity to help patients with respiratory disease on an entirely new level as she embarks on her research path. 

 

What drew you to your field?

My patients!

 

What do you do when you’re not in the lab?

Travel, cheer for my little sister and the rest of the Boston College Field Hockey team, spend time with friends and family.

 

Describe Rajagopal lab culture in 3 words: 

Inspiring. Supportive. Dedicated.