dr. kathryn bass

About Dr. Bass

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Kathryn D. Bass, MD, MBA is a pediatric surgeon with over 20 years of experience.  Dr. Bass is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and director of the Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and co-director of the Pediatric Wound Care Center at Oishei Children’s Hospital. 

Dr. Bass graduated with honors from Northwestern University in Chicago with a BS in Biomedical Engineering where she worked on design for life support systems.  Dr. Bass received her medical degree from Northwestern University, did her general surgery training in Boston at Tufts University, and completed her pediatric surgery training in Denver at University of Colorado.  Recently, Dr. Bass completed her executive MBA at the Kellogg School of Management and has additional board certification in Wound Care Management. 

Dr. Bass has expertise in minimally invasive surgery, surgery for congenital anomalies of the newborn, and chest and abdominal surgeries in childhood.  Core research interests of Dr. Bass include trauma and wound care innovations. 

Dr. Bass is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and belongs to many professional organizations, including the American Pediatric Surgical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Association for the Society of Trauma, The International Pediatric Endoscopic Group, and the International Society for Pediatric Wound Care.

Personal Values

  • 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.
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