Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH

Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH


"Understanding how environmental chemicals can affect children's health and development is my primary focus. I am also interested in how science can best inform policy to protect children's health."
  • Biography

    Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana is a Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She conducts research focused on endocrine disrupting chemicals in plastics, including phthalates and bisphenol A in pregnancy and childhood health outcomes.

    She serves as the PI for The Infant Development and Environment Study, a multi-center cohort study of phthalate exposures in pregnancy and health outcomes in children. She is also MPI of the ECHO PATHWAYS study at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. This is a 35 million dollar initiative to bring together three cohorts to examine chemical and non-chemical stressors in relation to child health outcomes. She has served as the chair for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee and served on the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Low Dose Toxicity. She was also a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals that advises EPA on risk assessments related to the Toxic Substances Control Act. She is the Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery and performs consults through the UW Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

    Board Certification(s)



    Keck School of Medicine at USC, Los Angeles, CA
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA


    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

    Research Description

    Her research interests focus on exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as phthalates and bisphenol A and their impact on reproductive development. Public concern regarding these chemicals has risen in recent years and demands current research that addresses mechanisms of action and impact on health outcomes.

    Research Focus Area

    Environmental Exposures and Childhood Health Outcomes

  • Related Resources

    • Sathyanarayana Lab

      The Sathyanarayana Lab investigates how chemicals in our environment impact children, and develops ways to reduce chemical exposures and help families lead healthier lives.

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