Portrait by ChiChi Ubiña
YWCA Greenwich will be holding its 5th Annual Women Who Inspire Awards to recognize exceptional women in our community. YWCA Greenwich’s Women Who Inspire Awards was established to recognize and celebrate outstanding women who have excelled in philanthropic, professional, and volunteer pursuits. Importantly, these honorees have enriched the lives of many in our community. This event acknowledges the changes in society that have led to the fluidity of work/life pursuits for women of today.
Dr. Karen Santucci went to medical school at the State University of New York, Downstate. She did her residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at Downstate and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. After one year working as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine provider in New York she did her Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Brown in Rhode Island. She stayed on as an attending at Hasbro Children’s for 3 years and from there went to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital as an assistant professor.
She developed the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship training program in 2000 and was the director for the first 7 years. She then became medical director of the Children’s ED at Yale and then section chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. She later served as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale and then helped develop the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program at Greenwich Hospital.
Karen was at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital for 21 years. She is Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. She has been actively involved in medical student education and loves bedside teaching. She is regularly out in the community interacting with and teaching school nurses, and meeting with community Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine providers discussing Pediatric specific issues.
She has served as a member of the planning committee for the AAP sponsored 2018 PREP:EM Course (Intensive Review of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and was Chair in 2016). She just completed 5 years as a committee member of COMLRM (AAP Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management).
Dr. Santucci is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She has authored numerous research papers, book chapters and review articles and has received invitations to speak nationally on such topics as Clinical Forensic Medicine, Pediatric Psychiatric Emergencies, Trauma, and Risk Management. She was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Yale New Haven Health/Greenwich Hospital on September 1, 2020. In October of 2021, she received the Michael Shannon Humanitarian Award from the AAP, Section of Emergency Medicine.