Yongdong Zhao, MD, PhD

Yongdong Zhao, MD, PhD


On staff since July 2013

Academic Title: Acting Assistant Professor

"My interest in pediatric rheumatology began as a postdoctoral fellow. Seeing the devastating effects of Juvenile dermatomyositis motivated me to obtain further training to better serve children with rheumatic diseases. I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to provide care to children with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases at Seattle Childrens Hospital."


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing
Purdue University, West Lafayette


Surgery - General, People's Hospital, Beijing Medical University, Beijing
Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Pediatric Residency, Cincinnati


Pediatric Rheumatology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Clinical Interests

Diagnosing and treating children with autoimmune conditions and joint disorders

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Research Poster winner Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia 2013
ACR State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium Travel Grant American College of Rheumatology 2013
The Norma H. Compton Outstanding Doctoral Student Award Purdue University 2006
Young Investigator Award American Society for Clinical Nutrition 2005
P&G Graduate Student Research Award American Society of Nutrition Sciences 2004


  • Zhao Y, Cheong JM, Lee W, Wastney M, Martin BR, Weaver CM
    Tetracycline and calcium kinetics are comparable for estimating bone resorption in rats.
    The Journal of nutrition , 2010 Sept. : 140(9)1704-9
  • Martin BR, Braun MM, Wigertz K, Bryant R, Zhao Y, Lee W, Kempa-Steczko A, Weaver CM
    Fructo-oligosaccharides and calcium absorption and retention in adolescent girls.
    Journal of the American College of Nutrition , 2010 Aug. : 29(4)382-6
  • Ibarra M, Chou PM, Pachman LM, Zhao YD, Boskey AL
    Calcification in a case of circumscribed myositis ossificans.
    The Journal of rheumatology , 2010 Apr, : 37(4)876
  • Zhao Y, Urganus AL, Spevak L, Shrestha S, Doty SB, Boskey AL, Pachman LM
    Characterization of dystrophic calcification induced in mice by cardiotoxin.
    Calcified tissue international , 2009 Sept. : 85(3)267-75
  • Urganus AL, Zhao YD, Pachman LM
    Juvenile dermatomyositis calcifications selectively displayed markers of bone formation.
    Arthritis and rheumatism , 2009 Apr, 15 : 61(4)501-8
  • Zhao Y, Fedczyna TO, McVicker V, Caliendo J, Li H, Pachman LM
    Apoptosis in the skeletal muscle of untreated children with juvenile dermatomyositis: impact of duration of untreated disease.
    Clinical immunology (Orlando, Fla.) , 2007 Nov. : 125(2)165-72
  • Zhao Y, Fleet JC, Adamec J, Terry DE, Zhang X, Kemeh S, Davisson VJ, Weaver CM
    Effects of hindlimb unloading and bisphosphonates on the serum proteome of rats.
    Bone , 2007 Oct. : 41(4)646-58
  • Zhao Y, Martin BR, Weaver CM
    Calcium bioavailability of calcium carbonate fortified soymilk is equivalent to cow's milk in young women.
    The Journal of nutrition , 2005 Oct. : 135(10)2379-82
  • Zhao Y, Martin BR, Wastney ME, Schollum L, Weaver CM
    Acute versus chronic effects of whey proteins on calcium absorption in growing rats.
    Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.) , 2005 Sept. : 230(8)536-42
  • Cai DJ, Zhao Y, Glasier J, Cullen D, Barnes S, Turner CH, Wastney M, Weaver CM
    Comparative effect of soy protein, soy isoflavones, and 17beta-estradiol on bone metabolism in adult ovariectomized rats.
    Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research , 2005 May : 20(5)828-39
  • Zafar TA, Weaver CM, Zhao Y, Martin BR, Wastney ME
    Nondigestible oligosaccharides increase calcium absorption and suppress bone resorption in ovariectomized rats.
    The Journal of nutrition , 2004 Feb. : 134(2)399-402