Cate Pihoker, MD

Cate Pihoker, MD


  • Children's Title: Program Director, Endocrinology Education; Clinic Chief, Diabetes/Endocrine (interim); Division Chief, Endocrinology
  • Academic Title: Professor
  • Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research
  • On Staff Since: July 1997
  • Biography

    Catherine Pihoker, MD, is chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her clinical focus is inpatient and outpatient attending for endocrinology and diabetes. Her main research interests include investigating factors that predict the clinical course of diabetes, diabetes typology and improving outcomes of children with diabetes.

    Dr. Pihoker is also interested in the impact on children of being overweight and living sedentary lifestyles, and she is involved in proposals studying the quality of life and metabolic measures in the general population as well as in cancer survivors. Other research interests include endocrine dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors and hypothalamic-pituitary function in children with tumors in the pituitary region. The studies Pihoker has been involved with include the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, TrialNet and the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium. Her teaching activities include serving as fellowship director, and didactic and direct teaching of resident physicians, medical students and support staff.

    Board Certification(s)

    Pediatric Endocrinology


    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


    Duke University Musculoskeletal Radiology GME, Durham, NC

    Clinical Interests


    Research Description

    As Seattle Children's principal investigator for SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth and other diabetes research studies, Dr. Cate Pihoker is leading national efforts to gain a better understanding of the differences in the development, clinical presentation, and health outcomes in youth with diabetes. Diabetes mellitus is a major health concern affecting about 16 million Americans. It is a leading cause of nephropathy, retinopathy, neuropathy, and coronary and peripheral vascular disease. It is the third-most-prevalent severe chronic disease of childhood in the United States.

    Research Focus Area


  • Related Resources

    • Diabetes Research

      Our researchers are leading national efforts to better understand the differences in development, clinical presentation and health outcomes in youth with diabetes. If you or a family member has diabetes, you may be eligible to take part in one of the many studies offered at Seattle Children’s.

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