Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH

Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH

Pediatrics-Primary Care, Environmental Medicine

On staff since October 2005

Children's Title: Attending Physician

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

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


Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Research Description

As a pediatric environmental health specialist and member of the University of Washington Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, I conduct consults on environmental health exposures and childhood health impacts. My 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. I also practice general pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Newborn Nursery.

Research Focus Area

Environmental Exposures and Childhood Health Outcomes

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Outstanding New Investigator Award Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health 2012
Young Investigator Award Ambulatory Pediatrics Association 2007


  • 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.
    Journal of agromedicine , 2010 Apr, : 127-36
  • Meeker JD, Sathyanarayana S, Swan SH
    Phthalates and other additives in plastics: human exposure and associated health outcomes.
    Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences , 2009 July 27 : 2097-113
  • Karr CJ, Rudra CB, Miller KA, Gould TR, Larson T, Sathyanarayana S, Koenig JQ
    Infant exposure to fine particulate matter and traffic and risk of hospitalization for RSV bronchiolitis in a region with lower ambient air pollution.
    Environmental research , 2009 Apr, : 321-7
  • Sathyanarayana S
    Phthalates and children's health.
    Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care , 2008 Feb. : 34-49
  • Sathyanarayana S, Karr CJ, Lozano P, Brown E, Calafat AM, Liu F, Swan SH
    Baby care products: possible sources of infant phthalate exposure.
    Pediatrics , 2008 Feb. : e260-8
  • Sathyanarayana S, Beaudet N, Omri K, Karr C
    Predicting children's blood lead levels from exposure to school drinking water in Seattle, Washington, USA.
    Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2006 Sept. : 288-92