Henry Pelto, MD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Phone: (206) 598-3109
e-mail: pelto@uw.edu

Biographical Profile

Dr. Pelto is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and serves as a Team Physician for the UW Husky athletic department. He was born and raised in the Seattle area. He received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA where he studied Biology. Following time working in the biomedical field in Seattle, he attended medical school at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO where he graduated in 2009 receiving the Family Health Foundation of Missouri Scholarship Award. After medical school he returned to Seattle where he completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Washington and received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teaching award. After residency he remained at the University of Washington and completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.

His professional interests include family medicine, musculoskeletal care and ultrasound guided procedures. He has a clinical and research interest in the field of Sports Cardiology, specifically the prevention of sudden death in athletes. He has an additional interest in cardiac stress testing and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Dr. Pelto is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is also on the Medical Advisory Board and an active physician volunteer for the Nick of Time Foundation, a Seattle group dedicated to educating schools, athletes, families, and communities about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and death in young people.

Teaching Interests & Roles

Medical Student Education, Resident Education

Research Interests & Roles

Prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes

Education & Training



Degree or Credential



Saint Louis University M.D. 2009
Gonzaga University B.S. 2002

Published Articles





Cardiovascular screening in college athletes. Drezner JA, Prutkin JM, Harmon KG, O'Kane JW, Pelto HF, Rao AL, Hassebrock JD, Petek BJ, Teteak C, Timonen M, Zigman M, Owens DS J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2015
Cardiovascular screening in adolescents and young adults: a prospective study comparing the Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Monograph 4th Edition and ECG. Fudge J, Harmon KG, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Asif IM, Haruta A, Pelto H, Rao AL, Toresdahl BG, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2014
Electrocardiographic findings suggestive of cardiomyopathy: what to look for and what to do next. Pelto H, Owens D, Drezner J Curr Sports Med Rep