About Dr. Kathryn Bass
I’m an experienced pediatric surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, during which I’ve served in many leadership roles, including Professor of Surgery, Director of a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, and Co-Director of a Pediatric Wound Care Center.
I am a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and am certified in both general and pediatric surgery by the American Board of Surgery. I graduated medical school with honors from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1989. I did my general surgery training in Boston at Tufts University and completed my pediatric surgery training at the University of Colorado in Denver. I also earned an executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and have additional board certification in Wound Care Management.
I have expertise in minimally invasive surgery, surgery for congenital anomalies of the newborn, and chest and abdominal surgeries in childhood. My core research interests include trauma and wound care innovations. In addition, I’m passionate about the fight against gun violence.
My peers have recognized me as one of the nation’s leading pediatric surgeons, and I was honored to be a “Top Doctor” in Western New York in the pediatric surgery category for the past 11 years.
There’s nothing more precious in our world than our children. They’re our greatest gift and deserve our unwavering love and care. We all have an obligation to help them learn, grow and thrive — and I’ve committed my professional life to protecting and nurturing them.
I’m deeply committed to training and mentoring future generations of pediatricians and surgeons. I benefited from having outstanding teachers and it’s more important than even for students, residents and others to have caring and relatable role models. As a seasoned female surgeon, it’s especially important to share my knowledge and encouragement with aspiring female physicians, and with young girls interested in the sciences in general.
I believe in serving the underprivileged and assisting those in low-income communities as they battle the many social determinants of health that are stacked against them, including access to healthcare, healthy foods, transportation, safe neighborhoods and education.
I have a thirst for knowledge and continuing education, and encourage all of those with whom I work to continuously learn, improve and challenge norms/paradigms.
A Note from Dr. Bass to Parents:
As a mother myself, I fully appreciate and understand the concerns that all parents share for their children’s wellbeing. I demand of myself complete devotion to taking excellent care of my patients, which is what I have always done and will always continue to do. My work over the past 25 years reflects that.
Transparency is also very important to me, so I would like to take a moment and address an online article from several years ago about the care I provide to my patients. The article was unfortunately very misleading and missing vital context. I want to provide that context so you can fully and accurately understand the situation.
Complications can occur when performing an operation of any kind, and part of my job is helping families understand those potential, although highly unlikely, complications ahead of time. To resolve the case that was outlined in this article and prevent years of an exhausting dispute process, I ultimately chose not to contest one of the charges, without admitting to the claim as stated. I denied all other charges and I consented to the final agreement which included a formal reprimand and two years’ probation, during which another surgeon would temporarily oversee my practice and reviewed my records.
Third-party pediatric surgical experts, including a leader in pediatric surgical quality at the American College of Surgeons, and the state health boards in both Illinois and Texas (where I have also practiced medicine), reviewed the charges against me and found them to be completely without merit.
They took no action that would impact my license to practice medicine in those states. The Virginia Board of Medicine concurred and granted me an unrestricted medical license. Unfortunately, the original article did not include any of these details.
Over the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege of leading Level 1 trauma pediatric surgery teams and working alongside expert clinicians. Here’s what Dr. Michael Nussbaum, Senior Vice President, Professor, and Chair of the Carilion Clinic – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Department of Surgery had to say about my work: