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Catherine J. Karr, MD,MS,PhD

Catherine J. Karr, MD,MS,PhD

Pediatrics-Primary Care, Environmental Medicine

On staff since October 2002

Academic Title: Assistant Professor


ConnieBellingham, WA12.28.11
After two years of frustration and no real answers for our 4 year old son, we found someone to listen. That someone was indeed Dr. Karr! She spent a great deal of time listening to his symptoms after our family experienced an "inhalation exposure" in the state of Florida. Our doctors here in Bellingham did not "believe" our son's health problems could be caused by this incident and did not provide proper medical care. With Dr. Karr's help, we might finally be on track to getting our son well. He was two years old when this happened and has not been the same since - he has been unable to swallow without pain since December 2009 and suffers from very poor health. Dr. Karr is compassionate, intelligent and resourceful; she listens exceptionally well and my husband and I were very impressed with her no nonsense attitude. We highly recommend her!
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Board Certification(s)
Medical/Professional School
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
University of Washington, Seattle
Pediatrics, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
Clinical Interests

Pediatric environmental health, specifically ambient air pollution, respiratory disease, pesticide exposure, and global childrens environmental health

Research Description

Pediatric environmental health, specifically ambient air pollution and infant respiratory disease, pesticide exposure and neurodevelopment.


Maternal pesticide use and birth weight in the agricultural health study.
Journal of agromedicine , 2010 Apr: 127-36
Effect of early life exposure to air pollution on development of childhood asthma.
Environmental health perspectives , 2010 Feb: 284-90
Influence of ambient air pollutant sources on clinical encounters for infant bronchiolitis.
American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine , 2009 Nov 15: 995-1001
Development of the pediatric environmental health specialty unit network in North America.
American journal of public health , 2009 Nov: S511-6
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Technical report--Secondhand and prenatal tobacco smoke exposure.
Pediatrics , 2009 Nov: e1017-44
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Policy statement--Tobacco use: a pediatric disease.
Pediatrics , 2009 Nov: 1474-87
Drinking water from private wells and risks to children.
Pediatrics , 2009 Jun: 1599-605
The built environment: designing communities to promote physical activity in children.
Pediatrics , 2009 Jun: 1591-8
Drinking water from private wells and risks to children.
Pediatrics , 2009 Jun: e1123-37
Methodological issues in studies of air pollution and reproductive health.
Environmental research , 2009 Apr: 311-20

Primary Office

University of Washington
UW Box 354780 - Roosevelt Pediatric
4245 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105-4780

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