Katie Kruse, M.D.

Specialty: Pediatric Critical Care



  • Pediatric Pulmonology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School – Boston, MA


  • Intern, Pediatrics, Michigan State University — Grand Rapids, MI (2010-2011)
  • Resident, Pediatrics, Michigan State University — Grand Rapids, MI (2011-2013)

Medical school

  • Doctor of Medicine, Michigan State University — Grand Rapids, MI (2006-2010) Undergraduate


  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University – Grand Rapids, MI (2001-2005)

Professional Interests

  • Sepsis
  • ECMO
  • Palliative care
  • Clinical ethics

Board Certification

  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine


  • Kruse KE, Batten J, Constantine M, Kache S, Magnus D; “Challenges to Code Status Discussions for Pediatric Patients.” Journal of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
  • Batten J, Kruse KE, Kraft SA, Fishbeyn B, Magnus D; “What Does ‘Treatable’ Mean? Empirically Unpacking an Ambiguous Concept in Clinical Care.” Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Kraft SA, Batten J, Kruse KE, Fishbeyn B, Magnus D; “An emotional kick in the stomach”: Physician uses of and patient responses to the concepts “treatable” and “untreatable.” Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Katie Kruse was born and raised in Michigan where she completed both her undergraduate and medical school degrees from Michigan State University (MSU). From there she did her pediatric residency through MSU at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. She then moved to California where she completed her critical care training at Stanford, with further fellowship training in clinical ethics at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Research interest include communication and decision-making at the end of life for pediatric patients. Her areas of interest include ECMO, sepsis, palliative care, and ethical consideration in pediatrics.