Katherine A. TeKolste, M.D., is a developmental pediatrician and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. She received an AB in Chemistry from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio and attended Indiana University School of Medicine receiving an MD degree in 1976. Dr. TeKolste completed a Rotating Internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon; Pediatric Residency at the Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Oregon and Developmental Pediatrics Fellowship at the University of Washington.
Dr. TeKolste has worked within the Medical Home Leadership Network at the University of Washington since 1993 to improve care for children with special health care needs. She consults with the Kids Get Care/Children's Healthcare Initiative program in Seattle/King County to improve health care delivery for young children, including improving developmental screening efforts. She has been a member of the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Infant Toddler Services (IDEA Part C) in Washington State for many years.
Dr. TeKolste works in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health and the Center on Human Development and Disability to develop Child Health Notes and the Critical Elements of Care for Low Birth Weight NICU Graduates to deliver practical information and resources for health care providers on various health conditions impacting children and their families. She is the project director of the Adolescent Health Transition Project with the Washington State Department of Health to improve transitions for adolescents with disabilities/chronic illnesses. She is also an active in regional efforts to improve oral health services for children as part of the Interdisciplinary Children's Oral Health Promotion (ICOHP) project.
Dr. TeKolste was part of the Washington State team for the recently completed Assuring Better Child Development grant from the Commonwealth Fund and National Academy for State Health Policy where she explored initiatives for improving child development outcomes with colleagues from the state of Washington as well as from the states of North Carolina, Vermont, and Utah. Many of her efforts centered on improving developmental screening services. She worked with Snohomish County Health District, Snohomish Infant Toddler Program, CHILD Profile (Health Information Mailings), and the Medical Assistance Administration in Washington State to pilot developmental screening in the CHILD Profile mailings to parents of 18 mont olds in Snohomish County.
Dr. TeKolste worked on the Infant Health and Development Program (IHDP) multi-center study of premature infants and has served as interim director of the High Risk Infant Follow-Up Program at the University of Washington.