Cristine M. Trahms, MS, RD

Senior Lecturer

Phenylketonuria and Biochemical Genetics Clinics

University of Washington
Box 359556
Seattle, WA 98195-9556
Phone: (206) 598-1800

Ms. Trahms is the Program Director and Senior Nutritionist for the UW PKU Clinic and provides consultation to the staff of the UW Adult PKU Clinic and coordinates cooperative educational and support activities, which includes the Science Night program that offers a live TV downlink to the Spokane PKU Clinic families. She is also the senior nutritionist for the Biochemical Genetics Clinic and the Metabolic Genetics Clinic in addition to providing technical consultation to the Idaho PKU and Alaska PKU and Biochemical Genetics programs, and she provides consultation to state PKU Programs and their associated parent groups. This involves consultation with nutritionists and physicians at the local and state level. Ms. Trahms also participates in the WA DOH and CHRMC Genetics telemedicine project with Ian Glass, M.D., and Michael Raff, M.D.

She serves on the Editorial Board and the Advisory Board for the National PKU News. She writes a quarterly self-management column, Just for Kids, and she is a reviewer for The Journal of the American Dietic Association.

She co-chairs the CHDD/CHRMC Nutrition Collaborative Training Group and serves on a number of committees for the LEND project, Nutritional Sciences in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, related Title V agencies, and collaborative groups.

Her research has focused on educations projects for patients and professionals related to the treatment of metabolic disorders. Some of her work is available online at:,, and

She co-teaches sessions of 'Building on Family Strengths' an AHRQ/NIH funded clinical trial to provide and evaluate support to families whose children have chronic conditions or ongoing health care needs.

Ms. Trahms is the Nutrition Discipline Leader for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training project at the UW's Center on Human Development and Disability, In this role, she mentors long-term nutrition trainees and graduate students as they learn the interdisciplinary team assessment process and develop research projects.

Ms. Trahms is a member of the Core Faculty of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine; in this role, she co-teaches Nutrition 527, Nutrition in Childhood and Adolescence and frequently mentors students in Nutrition 600, Independent Study, and Nutrition 700, Thesis and Dissertation preparation. She frequently guest lectures on other Nutritional Sciences core courses.

Ms. Trahms developed and continues to refine and update: (1) a regional PKU Treatment Protocol/Manual for Washington, Alaska, and Idaho, which incorporates current evidence-based medical and nutritional care as well as family-centered approaches to care; and (2) the PKU Clinic website, which provides family-centered and professional educational materials and can be found at

She is a member of the board of the PKU Action Group (PAG), chairs the Scholarship Committee and co-chairs the PAG Committee to coordinate PKU Week at Camp Sealth on Vashon Island. The PAG has produced two videos Really Living with PKU and Choices You Can Live With, which are nationally distributed.

Ms. Trahms has been recognized for Excellence in the Practice of Clinical Nutrition. This American Dietetic Association Foundation Award is given annually to the outstanding Clinical nutritionist in the United States. In 2004, she was named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Washington State Dietetic Association.

Faculty and Staff Directory

Division Chief

Bamshad, Michael J., MD


Adam, Margaret L.P., MD
Beck, Anita E., MD, PhD
Beier, David Randolph, MD, PhD
Bennett, James, MD PhD
Cherry, Timothy, PhD
Dipple, Katrina, MD
Dobyns, William B., MD
Doherty, Daniel A., MD, PhD
Glass, Ian A., MD, MB ChB
Hahn, Sihoun, MD, PhD
Hing, Anne V., MD
Lam, Christina, MD
Mefford, Heather C., MD, PhD
Merritt, J. Lawrence, MD
Millen, Kathleen J., PhD
Miller, Daniel G., MD, PhD
Mirzaa, Ghayda, MD
Osborne, William R.A., PhD
Pagon, Roberta A., MD
Scott, C. Ronald, MD
Sun, Angela, MD
Walker, Jr., William O., MD
Wallace, Stephanie E., MD


Aldinger, Kim, PhD
Carvill, Gemma, PhD
Chong, Jessica X, PhD
Gallego, Jabier, PhD
Geister, Krista, PhD
Ha, Seungshin, PhD
Myers, Candace, PhD
O'Day, Diana, PhD
Yu, Joon-Ho, MPH, PhD

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners

Earl, Dawn L., ARNP

Genetic Counselors

Conta, Jessie, MS, CGC
Golden-Grant, Katie L, MS, CGC
Jamal, Seema M., MSc, CGC, CCGC
Ramsdell, Linda, MS, CGC
Schubert, Penny, MS, CGC
Sternen, Darci, MS, CGC
Uhrich, Stefanie, MS, CGC

Research Staff

Amell, Amanda M., BS
Bacus, Tamara J., BS
Bofferding, Kathryn, BS
Buckingham, Kati, BS
Buroker, Norman E., PhD
Cook, Joseph, MS
Dempsey, Jennifer C., MPH
Elliott, Susan E.
Frasher, Vicki A.
Garretson, Janet, MSW
Gildersleeve, Heidi, MS
Harrell, Tanya, BS
Heard, Jeff, BS
Heffernan, Janie, MS, RD
Huang, Jie-Yu, PhD
Lam, Jennfier P., MS
McMillin, Maggie J., BS
Musick, Katie, BA
Ogata, Beth, MS, RD, CSP
Person, Richard E.
Petek, Lisa, BS
Phelps, Ian, BS
Ragothaman, Kevin, BS
Shanker, Aditi, BA
Trahms, Cristine M., MS, RD
Wu, Zaining

Division Administrative Staff

Chin, Eileen, BA (Acc)
Sun , -Amy