Taraneh Shafii, MD, MPH

Taraneh Shafii, MD, MPH


  • Children's Title: Director, Hospital Medicine
  • Academic Title: Associate Professor
  • On Staff Since: November 2004
"During fellowship training, I worked with a young woman who had struggled with addiction for years. I was unrelenting in my efforts to motivate her to change her behavior. Finally, she agreed to be admitted to an inpatient program. Three months later, she wrote and thanked me for not giving up on her. “I was mad at you for a long time, but now I can see that you probably helped me the most. I just can’t thank you enough.” I heard from her again years later; she had started college and was doing well. For me, her story is what adolescent medicine is all about."
  • Biography

    Taraneh Shafii, MD, MPH, is attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Shafii serves as deputy medical director of the Public Health Seattle & King County STD Clinic. Among her clinical interests: adolescent reproductive health care, including the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy; health manifestations of stress, anxiety and depression in adolescents; and overweight and eating disorders in adolescents.

    Shafii’s research focuses on the development and assessment of primary and secondary interventions to reduce high-risk sexual behaviors in adolescents and the associated morbidity of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. Her interests include early reproductive health education for youth and early adolescents who are not yet sexually active, and behavioral risk-reduction interventions for middle and older adolescents engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors.

    Board Certification(s)

    Adolescent Medicine


    University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
    University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA


    University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY


    Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

    Research Focus Area

    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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