Catherine J Karr, MD

Catherine J Karr, MD

Environmental Medicine, General Pediatrics

On staff since October 2002

Academic Title: Professor

    • Connie Bellingham, WA 12.28.11

      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!

  • Other Publications

    • Sathyanarayana S, Basso O, Karr CJ, Lozano P, Alavanja M, Sandler DP, Hoppin JA
      Maternal pesticide use and birth weight in the agricultural health study.
      20407994 Journal of agromedicine, 2010 April : 127-36
    • Clark NA, Demers PA, Karr CJ, Koehoorn M, Lencar C, Tamburic L, Brauer M
      Effect of early life exposure to air pollution on development of childhood asthma.
      20123607 Environmental health perspectives, 2010 Feb. : 284-90
    • Karr CJ, Demers PA, Koehoorn MW, Lencar CC, Tamburic L, Brauer M
      Influence of ambient air pollutant sources on clinical encounters for infant bronchiolitis.
      19713450 American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 2009 Nov 15 : 995-1001
    • Best D
      From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Technical report--Secondhand and prenatal tobacco smoke exposure.
      19841110 Pediatrics, 2009 Nov. : e1017-44
    • From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Policy statement--Tobacco use: a pediatric disease.
      19841108 Pediatrics, 2009 Nov. : 1474-87
    • Paulson JA, Karr CJ, Seltzer JM, Cherry DC, Sheffield PE, Cifuentes E, Buka I, Amler RW
      Development of the pediatric environmental health specialty unit network in North America.
      19890150 American journal of public health, 2009 Nov. : S511-6
    • Tester JM
      The built environment: designing communities to promote physical activity in children.
      19482771 Pediatrics, 2009 June : 1591-8
    • Rogan WJ, Brady MT
      Drinking water from private wells and risks to children.
      19482772 Pediatrics, 2009 June : 1599-605
    • Rogan WJ, Brady MT
      Drinking water from private wells and risks to children.
      19482745 Pediatrics, 2009 June : e1123-37
    • Woodruff TJ, Parker JD, Darrow LA, Slama R, Bell ML, Choi H, Glinianaia S, Hoggatt KJ, Karr CJ, Lobdell DT, Wilhelm M
      Methodological issues in studies of air pollution and reproductive health.
      19215915 Environmental research, 2009 April : 311-20


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

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.