Katie Therese Carlberg, MD

Katie Therese Carlberg, MD

Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Non-Malignant Transplant Program, Vascular Anomalies, Apheresis, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic

On staff since July 2018

Children's Title: Director, Thalassemia Program and Interim Director, Sickle Cell Program, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Academic Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Research Center: Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research

"At each stage in my training I been incredibly fortunate to have outstanding mentors and wonderful colleagues, without whom I would be lost. But the reason I began this journey in the first place and why I look forward to coming to the hospital every day has always been the patients and their families! I love meeting new families, hearing their stories, and inevitably learning from their experiences. I am grateful to work in an environment that has allowed me to continue to do this. "

  • Dr. Katie Carlberg is a pediatric hematologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Well before her formal training began, Dr. Carlberg knew she wanted to care for children with cancer and bleeding disorders. During medical school at SUNY Upstate in New York and then her pediatric residency in Madison, Wisconsin, her interest developed into a passion. During her fellowship at Children’s Hospital Oakland she cared for patients with a broad range of benign hematologic disorders. While there, she joined a forensic lab with extensive experience detecting and working with limited and fragmented DNA. In part supported by Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, her research was focused on the application of this technology towards the development of a noninvasive prenatal test for Beta-hemoglobinopathies (Sickle Cell Anemia and Beta Thalassemia). Through this work, she not only was able to dive deeper into the pathophysiology of these diseases but more importantly, had the opportunity to get to know the patients and their families while consenting and discussing her research.

    She then joined Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2018 as the director of the Thalassemia program where she runs a monthly multidisciplinary clinic. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she participates in an ongoing national and international dialogue with her colleagues in various forums such as the Thalassemia Western Consortium, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation US Thalassemia Physicians’ Working Group, etc discussing challenging cases, novel therapeutics, and potential for collaborative work to improve the care of these populations.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Teaching Fellow of the Year Award Given by the pediatric residents to a fellow for outstanding teaching. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland 2017
    ASH Abstract Achievement Award Provided to trainees with high-scoring annual meeting abstracts of which they are the first or senior author and presenter. American Society of Hematology 2016
    Patient and Family Centered Care Award This award is given by nurses and child life staff and reflects the four principles of family-centered care. University of Wisconsin Pediatric Department 2012
    Gold Humanism Honors Society The GHHS recognizes students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. SUNY Upstate Medical University 2010
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • 2. Bose N, Carlberg K, Sensabaugh G, Erlich H, Calloway C
      Target capture enrichment of nuclear SNP markers for massively parallel sequencing of degraded and mixed samples
      Forensic science international Genetics, 2018 : 34186-196

    Book Chapters

    • 1. Carlberg K, Singer T, Vichinsky E
      Advances in understanding pathophysiology and treatment of fertility, pregnancy, and prenatal diagnosis in Thalassemia
      Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, 2018 : 32(2)297-315

    Manuscripts Submitted

    • 1. Erlich H, Lopez-Pena C, Carlberg K, Shih S, Bali G, Yamaguchi K, Salamon H, Das R, Lal A, Calloway C.
      Non-invasive prenatal test for β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease using probe capture enrichment and next-generation sequencing of DNA in maternal plasma

    Other Publications

    • 1. Carlberg K, Hastings C.
      The 5 Minute Pediatric Consult 8th Ddition, 2017

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Development of a Noninvasive Prenatal Test for -Hemoglobinopathies Utilizing NGS and a Novel Probe Capture Panel to Analyze Cell-Free Fetal DNA in Maternal Plasma Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Symposium at the Next Generation Dx Summit Washington, DC Aug 18, 2017
    Development of a Nuclear SNP Probe Capture Assay for Massively Parallel Sequencing of Degraded and Mixed Forensic DNA Samples. 69th annual scientific meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) New Orleans, LA Feb. 2017
    Next-Generation Sequencing for β-Globin Disorders: Towards Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis. Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Disease Symposium: Indo-US Science & Technology Forum Chandigarh, India Nov. 2016
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    California Institute for Regenerative Medicine TRAN2 California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Aug. 2018 - Aug. 2020
    1. Cooleys Anemia Foundation Research Fellowship Grant Cooley's Anemia Foundation Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2018


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Medical/Professional School

SUNY Upstate College of Health Professions, Syracuse, NY


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA

Clinical Interests

Benign hematology, hemoglobinopathies