About AST

Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD

Speciality: 
Health services research with a special emphasis on disparities in transplantation
Graduated From: 
UCLA (BA), University of Pittsburgh (PhD), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology)
Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Clinical & Translational Science at University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine; and Research Health Scientist at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Current Projects: 
My team and I are analyzing the final data from our recently-completed NIDDK-funded R01 entitled, “Understanding Race and Culture in Living Donor Kidney Transplantation.”  The central goal of this prospective cohort study was to understand the cultural and psychosocial factors associated with racial disparities in living donor kidney transplantation and to understand the relationship of these factors with early post-transplant health outcomes in a sample of African American and White transplant candidates. I am also the PI on a newly-funded NIDDK R01 entitled, “Increasing Equity in Transplant Evaluation and Living Donor Kidney Transplantation.” In this study, we are testing the efficacy and cost effectiveness of a comprehensive, system-level, fast-track kidney transplant evaluation for minorities in reducing time to complete transplant evaluation and increase kidney transplantation rates. The second goal of our new study is to test the effectiveness of an educational video and booklet to encourage discussion and pursuit of living donor kidney transplantation.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?: 
Studying and working in transplantation has been very rewarding to me because it’s the only field in medicine with such a unique and complex mix of clinical, behavioral, and social science that also intersects with ethics  and healthcare policy.  
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?: 

Conducting clinical and intervention research in transplantation allows me to use my scientific background to work professionally in areas that are important to me personally, including social and medical justice.

Fun Facts: 

I was born in Moscow, Russia, but in 1976 my family and I immigrated to Los Angeles, California when I was 5 years old.  Even though I have spent most of my life in the US and have never been back to Russia, I have come to realize that I have maintained quite a bit of the spunk and culture of the Russian people!