At a Glance
- Career History: Surgical fellow, University of Pittsburgh (1991 to 1992)
- Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
- Alma Mater: George Washington University, M.D., 1981
- Spouse: Rick
- Office: 4501 North Winchester Avenue 2nd FloorChicago, IL 60640773-250-0400
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Path to Power
If nominated, Rosseau would already be familiar with Washington, D.C. After working as a medical-surgical nurse, she went to George Washington University Medical School in the nation's capital. She earned her M.D. in 1981, and stayed to complete her general surgery internship and neurosurgery residency at the university's medical center. During her residency, Rosseau, who speaks French, did a year-long fellowship in Paris, France.
Rousseau completed her residency in 1991, and began a year-long fellowship in cranial base and micro-vascular surgery at the University of Pittsburgh's teaching hospital.
Rosseau has been in the trenches, and her medical credibility could be crucial to her possible nomination. Patients' rights groups argued Sanjay Gupta was too much of a celebrity to become a credible surgeon general. Though Gupta still performs neurosurgery and remains on staff at Emory University Medical School, patients' rights groups said he lacked the public-health experience necessary to lead the uniformed U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, whose 6,000 public health professionals promote wellness and disease prevention throughout the country.
Rosseau would bring to the table her years on the front-lines as a nurse, followed by a long career in neurosurgery, one of the hardest surgical specialties that requires at least seven years of additional training after medical school. She's one of only 300 female neurosurgeons in the country (out of a total of more than 3,000 neurosurgeons).
Rosseau has worked on policy issues with Illinois State Sen. Don Harmon (D).
Rosseau and her husband have made frequent, large donations to Democratic causes and candidates, including repeatedly donating to Barack Obama since 2003, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.