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Resident Biography



Giulia Rizzo, MD, MBS

Postgraduate Year 5

Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts


Hometown: Stow, MA

Undergrad Institution: Boston College

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Other degrees: Masters in Biomedical Science, Bachelors in Biochemistry

Future plans: Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield MA

Why UMASS?: UMASS has everything I look for in a program. Residents have a robust clinical experience and leave as competent and technically very skilled surgeons. The surgical department leadership is supportive and approachable. They foster a welcoming environment that is ideal for learning. The attendings are engaged and personable. And finally, the residents are very close to one another, like family.

Favorite thing to do in Worcester: I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, ordering take-out for dinner after a long day at work and unwinding with my residency friends, going to brunch post-call, going to dog-friendly breweries, riding our Peloton, going on a walk or run with my dog

Recent abstracts, posters, or publications:

Laparoscopic repair of an acute incarcerated post-esophagectomy para-conduit hernia. Rizzo, G., Cherng, N., Kelly, J.J. SAGES Video Presentation Annual Conference 2022

Gazourian L, Regis SM, Pagura EJ, Price LL, Gawlik M, Lamb C, Rieger-Christ KM, Thedinger WB, Sanayei AM, Long WP, Stefanescu CF, Rizzo GS, Patel AS, Come CE, Thomson CC, Pinto-Plata V, Steiling K, McKee AB, Wald C, McKee BJ, Liesching TN. Qualitative coronary artery calcification scores and risk of all cause, COPD and pneumonia hospital admission in a large CT lung cancer screening cohort. Respir Med. 2021 Sep;186:106540. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2021.106540. Epub 2021 Jul 12. PMID: 34311389; PMCID: PMC8579718. 

Gazourian L, Thedinger WB, Regis SM, Pagura EJ, Price LL, Gawlik M, Stefanescu CF, Lamb C, Rieger-Christ KM, Singh H, Casasola M, Walker AR, Rupal A, Patel AS, Come CE, Sanayei AM, Long WP, Rizzo GS, McKee AB, Washko GR, San Jose Estepar R, Wald C, McKee BJ, Thomson CC, Liesching TN. Qualitative emphysema and risk of COPD hospitalization in a multicenter CT lung cancer screening cohort study. Respir Med. 2021 Jan;176:106245. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2020.106245. Epub 2020 Nov 20. PMID: 33253972; PMCID: PMC7890561. 

Gazourian L, Durgana CS, Huntley D, Rizzo GS, Thedinger WB, Regis SM, Price LL, Pagura EJ, Lamb C, Rieger-Christ K, Thomson CC, Stefanescu CF, Sanayei A, Long WP, McKee AB, Washko GR, Estépar RSJ, Wald C, Liesching TN, McKee BJ. Quantitative Pectoralis Muscle Area is Associated with the Development of Lung Cancer in a Large Lung Cancer Screening Cohort. Lung. 2020 Oct;198(5):847-853. doi: 10.1007/s00408-020-00388-5. Epub 2020 Sep 5. PMID: 32889594; PMCID: PMC8710309. 

Quantitative Computer Tomography Measures of Body Composition and the Association with the Development of Lung Cancer and Mortality, in a large lung cancer screening cohort. Rizzo GS, Gazourian L. Poster Presentation, American Thoracic Society 2017 International Conference in Washington, DC 

Rizzo, G.S. & Sen, S. Maternal obesity and immune dysregulation in mother and infant: A review of the evidence. Paediatric Respiratory Review. 2015, Sep; 16(4): 251-257.