Staff Spotlight – Kate Robb, MD

Dr. Robb is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Critical Care.

I work in the PICU and the Pediatric Cardiac ICU. I first started working at UI in 2007, when I worked in transplant surgery for a year prior to medical school. I received my MD here, then completed both my pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at Iowa before leaving for a year to complete a cardiac intensive care and ECMO fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

It’s just me and a very energetic and mischievous 2-year-old Scottish Terrier. My parents and brother and sister-in-law live in Cedar Rapids.

I love spending time with my dog, Watson. In London we loved finding new places to explore, and I’m always on the lookout for new dog-friendly adventures now that we’re back in Iowa. I enjoy growing things, and my house is slowly being overtaken by succulents and assorted houseplants. I also really enjoy Brazilian jiu jitsu and try to train as often as I can.

At the risk of sounding super lame, the job I have right now comes pretty close – in a lot of centers, cardiac intensivists devote all of their time to that population, and I feel really lucky to have a job where I still get to spend time in the regular medical/surgical PICU as well. I also get to teach and continue my work in education and communication research, all of which I really enjoy. I love to write, so if medicine wasn’t an option, my dream job would be to be a writer.

The most fascinating place I’ve ever visited was Antarctica. It’s truly remarkable to see a place that is still so untouched by humans, and to see how so many species survive in such an unforgiving climate. I have always loved penguins, and seeing them in their natural habitat was incredible. The most fascinating place I’ve ever lived was London. Living in a place where you are constantly surrounded by so much history is incredible, and the juxtaposition between centuries-old landmarks and modern skyscrapers is really interesting. Obviously the language is the same and there are a lot of similarities with the US, but the UK definitely has its own very distinct culture and it was a lot of fun to be a part of that for a while.

Favorite meal – Is cheese a meal?

I love to read, but have never been very good at choosing a favorite book. I adore a number of different books for different reasons, and it feels unfair to choose between them!

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