Catherine J. Karr, MD, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program
Box 359739
325 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 616-4355 (VM1)
(206) 744-9377 (VM2)
Program Assistant: (206) 744-9380
Fax: (206) 744-9935
Seattle Children's Profile
Center/Lab Website:

Leadership Roles

Director, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit; AAP Council on Environmental Health

Clinical, Research and/or Teaching Responsibilities

Catherine Karr is an academic pediatrician and environmental health specialist. She directs the UW Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU), a consultation and outreach service for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State. Her research interests include the effects of environmental factors such as air pollutants and agricultural exposures on child respiratory health including asthma. Her projects focus on underserved populations including U.S. farmworker children and children in less resourced countries (e.g. Vietnam, Thailand). She is involved in primary care pediatrics and teaching at the University of Washington Pediatric Care Center, where she also sees specialty pediatric environmental medicine patients. She serves as a National Environmental Education Foundation/US EPA faculty champion on environmental management of asthma, is a co-investigator of the Pacific Northwest National Children's Study Center and is an appointed member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health.


Division Chief

Mangione-Smith, Rita M., MD, MPH


Baker, Barbara J., MN, ARNP, IBCLC
Bell, Shaquita L., MD
Bennett-Kaufman, Molly, ARNP
Bergman, Abraham, MD
Bledsoe, Julia M., MD
Burton Cahn, Monique, MD
Caldwell, Christine, MD
Capron, Molly , MD, MPH
Christakis, Dimitri A., MD, MPH
Danielson, Benjamin S., MD
Davies, Julian K., MD
Denno, Donna M., MD, MPH
Ebel, Beth E., MD, MSc, MPH
Feldman, Kenneth W., MD
Gillenwater, Kari, MD, MPH
Grant, Abigail, MD
Grow, H. Mollie Greves, MD, MPH
Henne, Heather M., MD
Hofstetter, Annika M., MD, PhD, MPH
Jenny, Carole, MD, MBA
Johnston, Brian D., MD, MPH
Karr, Catherine J., MD, PhD, MS
Kertesz, Cynthia T., MD, FAAP
Kohl, Julie, MD
Lewis, Charlotte W., MD, MPH
Lion, K. Casey, MD, MPH
Liu, Lenna L., MD, MPH
McCarty, Carolyn A., PhD
McPhillips, Heather A., MD, MPH
Melzer, Sanford M., MD, MBA
Mendoza, Jason A, MD, MPH
Morelli, Sheryl A., MD, MS
Moreno, Megan A, MD, MS Ed, MPH
Opel, Douglas J., MD, MPH
Pak-Gorstein, Suzinne, MD, MPH, PhD
Park, Kathleen J, MD, MPH
Pew, Cathy, MD
Quitiquit, Celeste , MD
Richardson, Laura P., MD, MPH
Rivara, Frederick P., MD, MPH
Saelens, Brian E., PhD
Sathyanarayana, Sheela, MD, MPH
Stein, Mark A, Ph.D. ABPP
Stout, James W., MD, MPH
Tandon, Pooja S., MD
Taylor, James A., MD
Vavilala, Monica S., MD
Wiester, Rebecca T., MD
Wolf, Elizabeth R.
Wright, Davene R., PhD
Wright, Jeffrey A., MD, FAAP
Yasuda, Kyle E., MD
Zhou, Chuan, PhD


Bryan, Mersine, MD
Dawson-Hahn, Elizabeth E, MD
Malik, Faisal S, MD, MS
Waite, Whitney M, MD, MPH

Administrative Staff

Hamilton, Maria
Koshi, Yvonne N.
Musar, Cyndi
Sargent, Sue
Schedler, Noreen, MEd
Shuey, Suzanne