Radiologist Spotlight: Kevin R. Perusse, MD

In 2014, Newsletter, Perusse, Physician Spotlight, Volume 6 Issue 1 by Addison Clark

From his earliest days in the classroom, Dr. Kevin R. Perusse, a board-certified diagnostic radiologist at Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF), was captivated by the life sciences. When his father, a career military officer, moved the family to Panama for three years while Dr. Perusse was still in grade school, the lush rainforests, diverse wildlife and other natural wonders of “the Crossroads of the Americas” enhanced his fascination with biology. “Eventually, after many years of looking into the microscope, I decided the best way to focus my interest was in helping people through medicine,” he said.

Before and after his Panama residence, Dr. Perusse grew up in Anne Arundel County, MD, between the cities of Baltimore and Washington, DC. He received his medical degree in 1990 from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Often described as the “West Point of military medicine,” the university has trained more than 25% of current active duty military physicians.

Dr. Perusse served his surgical internship at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, GA, a leading treatment facility for active duty personnel, military retirees and their families. He completed his radiology residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (now the tri-service Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) in Washington, DC, and joined RAF in 2002.

With special interest in gastrointestinal imaging (GI) and emergency radiology, Dr. Perusse was attracted to RAF because of the opportunities the group offered to keep his career “on the growth curve,” as well as its team approach to patient care and the camaraderie of physician colleagues. “Like me, many of the radiologists at RAF have served in the military,” Dr. Perusse noted. “Our shared legacy of service and commitment to the community inspire me every day.”

Through his four-year residency at Walter Reed, serving US military personnel from more than 100 countries, Dr. Perusse gained a wide-ranging knowledge of virtually every medical condition, as well as direct experience with numerous trauma cases. This exposure has proven beneficial in his work with RAF. Mary Washington Hospital, a significant location that he practices out of, is one of four Level II Trauma Centers in the state providing high-level emergency care to critically injured patients.

[box] Dr.Perusse was attracted to RAF because of the opportunities the group offered to keep his career “on the growth curve,” as well as its team approach to patient care and the camaraderie of physician colleagues. “Our shared legacy of service and commitment to the community inspire me every day.[/box]

Dr. Perusse works closely with other physicians in diagnosing patients with a host of illnesses, including GI diseases. He also consults with patients, as RAF offers multiple screening programs for such conditions as colon cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysms. At a time when patients are increasingly engaged in wellness and prevention measures, many screenings are scheduled directly by patients or their physicians.

In his recreational time, Dr. Perusse continues to enjoy the natural world: landscaping at home, exploring the Caribbean islands and kayaking often on the Rappahannock River.