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Katherine Rosenwasser, MD
Biography

Born in Palisades, New York Katie is the third of four children of parents Mel and Phoebe Rosenwasser. She grew up a tag-a-long tomboy behind brothers Ted and Chuck and participated in every sport under the sun until finally settling on soccer and lacrosse. She additionally pursued an interest in the musical arts and played competitive violin and piano, including time at the Manhattan School of Music. She is the proud product of the New York State public school system and graduated from Tappan Zee High School in 2003.

Katie then strapped on her rainbow flip flops and headed south to Duke University where she graduated in 2007 with a major in English Literature (though she’s partial to American authors) and minor in biology. Though she always knew she wanted to pursue medicine, Katie moved west to San Francisco for two years upon leaving Durham and worked for Google’s AdSense Policy and Operations team as well as Google Health, a free user-facing public health record.

Despite a great love for the Bay Area, Katie is a New Yorker at heart and returned east for medical school at P&S in 2009. Here, she realized there really was something to this “Columbia” place and began to understand how her father has stayed for the last 46 years (but who’s counting?) With the support of the school, Katie also unearthed what is sure to be a life-long passion for global health and was fortunate enough to spend time in the Eastern Cape of South Africa during her pre-clinical years. Katie was thus thrilled to have been given the opportunity to stay at NYOH for residency and is convinced there is no better place to train in the world. After graduation, Katie will head to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for fellowship training in Pediatric Orthopedics. And because she has interpreted the term “life-long learner” to mean she should keep training, she will pursue a second fellowship in Pediatric Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction the following year at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

These last nine years at Columbia have been filled with challenges, excitement, and a lot of laughter. On this last point, Katie could not have been more grateful for the class of 2018, without whom she definitely wouldn’t have made it. She hopes the class group-text lives on in perpetuity. And to the rest of the NYOH family – you are the reason Katie came, and she couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

And lastly, Katie would like to thank her wonderful family whose unwavering support and tolerance of this crazy journey kept her sane (ish). In particular, Katie would like to thank her father, who is the smartest man in the world and makes her proud every day.

What is your favorite bone?
Tibial plafond
What's the best place you have traveled since your residency started?
Iceland
Where are you from?
Palisades, NY
Favorite restaurant in NYC?
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Favorite activity outside of work?
Traveling
Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?
The Traveling Wilburys (I thought of it first, not John Karl)
Best Pandora station for the OR?
80s Throwback 90s Comeback
Favorite night float snack?
Wendy's SPICY chicken nuggets
What is your spirit animal?
Monkey

 

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