Taraneh Shafii, MD, MPH

Taraneh Shafii, MD, MPH

Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Eating Disorders, Reproductive and Sexual Health

On staff since November 2004

Children's Title: Director, Hospital Medicine

Academic Title: Associate Professor

"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.

  • Patient Testimonials

  • Awards and Honors

    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2017 Seattle Magazine 2017
    8th Annual Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials NIH Jan 1, 2008
    Fellows’ Research Day Award Recipient Seattle Children's Jan 1, 2004
    Trainee Award for Best Research Presentation Ambulatory Pediatric Association Jan 1, 2003
  • Publications

    Other Publications

    • Shafii T, Rivara FP, Wang J, Jurkovich GJ
      Screening adolescent patients admitted to the trauma service for high-risk behaviors: who is responsible?
      19779312 The Journal of trauma, 2009 Dec. : 1288-92
    • Burstein GR, Eliscu A, Ford K, Hogben M, Chaffee T, Straub D, Shafii T, Huppert J
      Expedited partner therapy for adolescents diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea: a position paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine.
      19699429 The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2009 Sept. : 303-9
    • Shafii T, Burstein GR
      The adolescent sexual health visit.
      19344850 Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America, 2009 March : 99-117
    • Shafii T, Stovel K, Holmes K
      Association between condom use at sexual debut and subsequent sexual trajectories: a longitudinal study using biomarkers.
      17463388 American journal of public health, 2007 June : 1090-5
    • Kerani RP, Handsfield HH, Stenger MS, Shafii T, Zick E, Brewer D, Golden MR
      Rising rates of syphilis in the era of syphilis elimination.
      17179773 Sexually transmitted diseases, 2007 March : 154-61
    • Shafii T, Stovel K, Davis R, Holmes K
      Is condom use habit forming?: Condom use at sexual debut and subsequent condom use.
      15167648 Sexually transmitted diseases, 2004 June : 366-72
    • Shafii T, Burstein GR
      An overview of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents.
      15449841 Adolescent medicine clinics, 2004 June : 201-14
  • Research Funding

    Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Brief Clinician Intervention for High-Risk Behavior in Adolescents NIH $117,400.00 Jul 1, 2007


Board Certification(s)

Adolescent Medicine

Medical/Professional School

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