Katie Rea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Sweet Briar College in 2001. She worked at the University of Virginia as a Laboratory and Research Practitioner prior to pursuing her nursing degree. Katie received her Associate’s degree in nursing from Piedmont Comminuty College in 2004. After graduation she worked in a Telemetry Care, Medical-Surgical Unit, and Intensive Care Unit at the Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville. In 2008, she pursued a new avenue as a Drug Safety Associate at PRA International and was responsible for data entry, communication with study participants, and reporting serious adverse events to the FDA. Katie joined the STAC team here at UVA in 2010. Since this time she has become involved with various clinical trials within the Surgical Therapeutic Advancement Center.