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Sarah Cairo, MD, MPH

Sarah Cairo, MD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Division of Pediatric Surgery

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550 16th Street, #6433
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 510-428-3022
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Tufts University, MD, 2013

  • Maine Medical Center, General Surgery, 2020
  • University of Texas Southwestern, Pediatric Surgery, 2022

Dr. Sarah Cairo is a pediatric surgeon with training in minimally invasive procedures for newborns and children. She is interested in improving access to care for pediatric patients with complex colorectal diseases and creating teams to meet their needs. She is part of the UCSF Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia.

Cairo's research focuses on improving access – both domestically and internationally – to general medical care and surgery as well as improving the quality of these. She also studies transitions in care for kids who need surgery. She has received grants for her work in surgical education and global health, specifically for examining pediatric surgical capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cairo earned her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. At Tufts, she also earned a master of public health degree that focused on infection control and sexual health in the criminal justice system and on human trafficking and women's health. She completed a residency in general surgery at Maine Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Cairo has worked with several international groups, including the Global Initiative for Children's Surgery and the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.

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  1. Ryan ML, Cairo SB, McLaughlin C, Herring L, Williams RF. Utility of Continuous Pulse Co-Oximetry for Hemoglobin Monitoring in Pediatric Patients with Solid Organ Injuries at Level 1 Trauma Centers: A Pilot Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 May 08. View in PubMed
  2. Coco CT, Batie SF, Cairo SB, Morris WZ, Pandya S, Passoni NM, Stewart RD, Peters CA, Jacobs MA. Delayed Surgical Management of an Unusual Classic Bladder Exstrophy Variant. Urology. 2023 02; 172:178-181. View in PubMed
  3. Cairo SB, Urias AR, Murphy JT. Pediatric Abdominal Malignancies and Intravascular Extension: Contemporary Single-Center Experience. J Surg Res. 2022 Dec; 280:396-403. View in PubMed
  4. Jacobson JC, Clark RA, Cairo SB, Murphy JT, Chung DH. Multimodality treatment of pediatric Ewing sarcoma: A single-center 10-year analysis of outcomes. Surgery. 2022 10; 172(4):1251-1256. View in PubMed
  5. Gillory L, Cairo S, Megison S, Vinson L, Chung DH, Ryan ML. Effect of Quarantine and Reopening Measures on Pediatric Trauma Admissions During the 2019 SARS-CoV2 Virus Pandemic. J Am Coll Surg. 2022 04 01; 234(4):685-690. View in PubMed
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