Born in Sacramento, CA, Kelly attended California State University, Sacramento and received her J.D. from Loyola University, Los Angeles.
Born in Sacramento, CA, Kelly attended California State University, Sacramento and received her J.D. from Loyola University, Los Angeles. After 24 years of service with US Surgical (now owned by Medtronic), she retired in 2011. Kelly was the former VP of Sales for the Western Region, and she finished her career creating an education and training field program for surgeons and residents. Kelly currently serves as a board member for the Society of University Surgeons.
Kelly became aware of the Eye Institute when she was diagnosed with Neuroretinitis in December 2016. She is excited to help promote the mission of the CAB in bringing awareness of the research and services available at the Eye Institute.
Dr. Carlos Pellegrini is a surgeon with expertise on surgical education, simulation, professionalism, and leadership. He is a pioneer in the development of technological surgical advancements and a world leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery. The son of two physicians, Dr. Pellegrini spent his childhood years in rural Argentina. He attended the University of Rosario Medical School and remained there for surgical training until 1975 when he emigrated to the U.S. and completed a second surgical residency at the University of Chicago. In 1979, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco. He remained there until 1993 when he moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, WA to become Chair of the Department of Surgery. In his 23 years as department chair, he assumed many leadership roles in the highest decision-making bodies across UW Medicine and chaired many committees overseeing a vast array of work, including continuous professionalism improvement, diversity, and multidisciplinary practices.
In 2015, Dr. Pellegrini was appointed as the first Chief Medical Officer of UW Medicine and as Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington to provide senior leadership for clinical practice standards across all UW Medicine sites of practice, a position he held until December 2018. As he retired from UW Medicine Dr. Pellegrini decided to apply his experience of more than 4 decades as a mentor, teacher, advisor and trusted colleague, to help healthcare providers develop to their full potential, with particular emphasis on leadership skills. To that end he obtained additional training at SeattleCoach and became an executive coach who focuses on coaching/mentoring healthcare executives.
Dr. Pellegrini is a Past-President of the ACS and the American Surgical Association. He participates in the highest leadership roles in regional, national, and international surgical societies. His bibliography lists more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, editorials, and books. He is a board member of The Joint Commission.
Kelly and Carlos love to travel and spend time with their friends, family and two golden retrievers. They are active supporters of the UW School of Medicine and have created several named scholarships for Residents in Surgery, Diversity in Surgery, and Ethics in Surgery.