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Meet Patricia “Trish” Totaro, R.N.

Surgical Services, main OR educator

How you are changing what’s possible at MUSC 
I am currently very dedicated to improving surgical safety. I am collaborating with various other departments and the main OR to facilitate better communication and, as a result, provide safer surgical care.

How long at MUSC
I started at MUSC in January 2010.

First thing you notice about people
First I notice the eyes and then a person’s smile. Working 33 years in the operating room with everyone wearing a mask may have influenced that.

What do you do on rainy days?
I sew operating room hats, and I cook soup.

What music is in your player?
The Clash, London Calling

Children and pets
I have three children – Jessica, an OB anesthesiologist working in Boston; Justin, an MUSC research assistant and medical student; and Jared, who starts at the College of Charleston this fall. We have three cats – Shadow, Skitty and (bad) Elvis.

Favorite summer activities
Walking on the beach at the water’s edge or planting in my yard

The best thing about living in Charleston
I love the warm Charleston weather. I lived in the past 30 years in Boston, and I am happy to be living where there is no chance for 98 inches of snow in one winter.

Meal you love to cook
I like to grill spicy chicken and fresh seasonal vegetables. I would grill year round even in Boston where I had to dig a path in two-feet-deep snow to get to the grill.

Favorite quote
“We’re not asking for superiority for we have always had that; all we ask is equality.” – Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, 1919

August 7, 2013

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