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About Me

I am a first-generation Mexican-American from Santa Ana, CA and the first in my family to become a physician. I was raised by a single mother of five children, and I believe that access to full spectrum reproductive and sexual healthcare is a fundamental right, and the key to nurturing healthy families and healthy communities. Coming to the realization that my family’s wellbeing and my dreams were all possible because my mother was healthy and empowered motivates me to take care of low-income, immigrant communities so that they may also lead their lives in ways that fulfill them.

Why UCSF?

UCSF has always been my dream residency program. My interest in reproductive and sexual health and how it is deeply intertwined with racism, classism, sexism and prejudice drives me to work to become the most informed advocate for communities who are marginalized, targeted and forgotten. It is my intention to become the most qualified OBGYN I can possibly be and use my skills to directly care for communities who need it most. I believe that UCSF will shape me into a strong physician leader. UCSF’s commitment to excellent patient care, diversity and inclusion, and justice is why I chose them. I will also add that everyone I have met from UCSF, within and outside the OBGYN department, has had a certain je ne sais quoi that I have always loved and admired. It is an honor to officially become a part of what UCSF stands for.

Outside of work I enjoy running outside (I love uphill running!), going on long day hikes, cooking & baking, flying home to SoCal to spend time with my family, and doing crossword puzzles with my partner.

Katherine Brito, MD
Resident Physician - PGY 1

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
490 Illinois Street
10th Floor, Box 0132
San Francisco, CA 94143

Location Office Phone Fax
Mission Bay (415) 476 - 5192 (415) 476 - 1811
Mount Zion (415) 353 - 9240 (415) 353 - 9509
San Francisco General Hospital (628) 206 - 3061 (628) 206 - 3112

Research/Clinical Interests: Medical education, gynecologic pathology, reproductive and sexual justice.

Education/Training

Year

Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2022 University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine – Chicago, IL MD Medicine
2014 University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, CA BA Integrative Biology

Research & Professional Experience

Year  
2018-2022 Medical Student Researcher, University of Chicago Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Department of Pathology, Department of Medicine
2021-2022 University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions Committee Student Member
2020-2022 Latino Medical Student Association National, Executive Board Member
2019-2020 Latino Medical Student Association Midwest Region, Executive Board Member
2018-1019 Latino Medical Student Association Pritzker Chapter, Co-President
2018-1019 Community Health Clinic (Chicago), Volunteer Coordinator
2014-2016 Street Level Health Project (Oakland), Clinic Volunteer & Health Navigator

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2022 The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Mary Roberts Scott Memorial Prize
2022 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
2022 LMSA West - Richard Juarez, MD Memorial Award
2021 Medical Organization for Latino Advancement & Michael Reese Scholarship
2020 MSFC Reproductive Health Externship
2019 Pritzker School of Medicine Valerie Bowman Jarrett Scholar in Medical Education
2019 MSFC Abortion Training Institutes
2019 Latino Medical Student Association National Scholarship
2019 Physicians for a National Health Program Nikolas Skala Scholarship
2016 Mexican Consulate of San Francisco Certificate of Recognition
2014 UC Berkeley Marian Diamond Award

Poster Presentations

Brito KS, Madueke-Laveaux OS, Glass D, Hellman KM, Gao G, Iyer S. Racial Distribution and Characterization of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in a Hospital-Based Subspecialty Clinic. Poster presentation. American Urogynecologic Society Virtual Pelvic Floor Disorder Week 2020/(Virtual) Vancouver, BC, CAN. 2020, October 09.

de los Reyes S, Al-Khaled D, Brito K, Kholmatov M, Farley B, Kuriloff M, Stamos G, Victorson D, Plunkett B. Postpartum educational initiative to improve knowledge of warning signs of severe maternal morbidity. Poster presentation. Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine’s Virtual 41st Annual Pregnancy Meeting/(Virtual) Chicago, IL, USA. 2021, January 28.

Jani I, Lastra RR, Brito KS, Liao C, Lazo I, Lee NK, Yamada SD, Kurnit KC. Chemotherapy response score as a prognostic tool in advanced-stage endometrial cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Poster presentation. 2020 Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists Annual Meeting/(Virtual) Chicago, IL, USA. 2020, June 16.

Thrasher A, Brito K, Song B, deMartelly V, Whitaker A, Chor J. Relationship between locus of control and contraceptive use among low-income, minority individuals. Poster presentation. Society of Family Planning 2020 Annual Meeting/(Virtual) Baltimore, MD, USA. 2020, October 09.

Oral Presentations

Brito K. The effect of in utero exposure to household air pollution on placenta formation and angiogenesis. Oral Presentation. Chicago Research Symposium/Chicago, IL, USA. 2016, August 05.

Brito K. Racial Distribution and Characterization of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in a Hospital-Based Subspecialty Clinic. Oral Presentation. 2019 Pritzker Summer Research Program/Chicago, IL, USA. 2019, August 21.

Brito K, Gupta J, Lopez-Hinojosa I, Da Lomba T, De Avila J, Baig A. Through Your Lens: A Photovoice Exhibit Showcasing Life with Diabetes in an Urban Latino Community. Oral Presentation. 2020 American Public Health Association Conference/(Virtual) San Francisco, CA, USA. 2020, October 26.

Knaus ME, Lawrence AE, Onwuka AJ, Abouelseoud NM, Breech LL, Brito KS, Dekonenko C, Hertweck SP, Hong HY, Menon S, Merritt DF, Schikler AG, Senapati N, Smith YR, Strickland JL, Truehart AI, Minneci PC, Hewitt GD. Recurrence and Surveillance of Benign Ovarian Neoplasms. Oral Presentation. 34th Annual Clinical & Research Meeting of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology/(Virtual) Houston, TX, USA. 2020, April 15.

Publications 

Brito KS, Madueke-Laveaux OS, Glass D, Hellman KM, Gao G, Iyer S. Racial Distribution and Characterization of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in a Hospital-Based Subspecialty Clinic. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2021 Mar 1;27(3):147-150. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000001016. 27(3), 147-150. PMID: 33620896.

Dutta A, Brito K, Khramstova G, Mueller A, Chinthala S, Alexander D, Adu D, Ibigbami T, Olamijulo J, Odetunde A, Adigun K, Pruitt L, Olopade O, Ojengbede O, Rana S, Olopade CO. Household air pollution and angiogenic factors in pregnant Nigerian women: A randomized controlled ethanol cookstove intervention. Sci Total Environ. 2017 Dec 1;599-600:2175-2181. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.130. Epub 2017 May 29. PMID: 28575932.

Dutta A, Khramtsova G, Brito K, Alexander D, Mueller A, Chinthala S, Adu D, Ibigbami T, Olamijulo J, Odetunde A, Adigun K, Pruitt L, Hurley I, Olopade O, Ojengbede O, Rana S, Olopade CO. Household air pollution and chronic hypoxia in the placenta of pregnant Nigerian women: A randomized controlled ethanol Cookstove intervention. Sci Total Environ. 2018 Apr 1;619-620:212-220. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.091. Epub 2017 Nov 14.PMID: 29149745.

Jani I, Lastra RR, Brito KS, Liao C, Lazo I, Lee NK, Yamada SD, Kurnit KC. Chemotherapy response score as a prognostic tool in patients with advanced stage endometrial carcinoma treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2021 Jun;31(6):852-858. doi: 10.1136/ijgc-2020-002202. Epub 2021 Apr 8. PMID: 33833085.

Knaus ME, Lawrence AE, Onwuka AJ, Abouelseoud, NM, Breech LL, Brito KS, Dekonenko C, Hertweck SP, Hong HY, Menon S, Merritt DF, Schikler AG, Senapati N, Smith YR, Strickland JL, Truehart AI, Minneci PC, Hewitt GD. Recommendations for Postoperative Surveillance of Pediatric Benign Ovarian Neoplasms. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2021 Oct;34(5):666-672. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2021.04.014. Epub 2021 May 11. PMID: 33989806.

Advocacy

LMSA National Carmen Reyes MCAT Scholarship, LMSA Midwest Scholarship Program