Physician Kristen A. Ranallo Merola recently joined St. Joseph’s Physicians Primary Care in Liverpool.
Merola brings to the practice a passion for applying her primary care experience and skills, treating a wide range of patients and illnesses. Her goal is to work with patients to optimize their health by treating acute and chronic conditions and promoting disease prevention.
“After growing up in Syracuse and completing residency training at St. Joseph’s Health Hospital, it is truly a dream come true to be taking on the role of an attending physician in my hometown,” Merola said. “This community has given me so much, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give back and remain a part of St. Joseph’s Health. It’s an honor to serve the Syracuse community.”
Merola received her medical degree from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lynchburg, Virginia. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Robert Wesleyan College in Rochester. During her tenure at Liberty University, she was a member of a research team investigating techniques to improve and refine the performance of back dissections and served as a mentor to incoming medical students.
Throughout her studies, Merola was employed in a variety of care settings including Crouse Hospital emergency department, Upstate Medical University geriatrics department, and Upstate Health care center. She also served as the Healthy People, Happy Families project manager leading a team of eight interns to plan and execute the program designed to assist low-income and refugee families and teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
When she’s not working, Merola enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and hiking in the Adirondacks.