Endocrinology Fellowship
Faculty

Catherine Pihoker, MD

Division Chief

Catherine Pihoker, MD

Professor

  • On staff since July 1997
  • Children's Title: Program Director, Endocrinology Education; Clinic Chief, Diabetes/Endocrine (interim); Division Chief, Endocrinology
  • Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Board Certification(s)
    Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Medical/Professional School
    Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham

Catherine Pihoker, MD, is chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her clinical focus is inpatient and outpatient attending for endocrinology and diabetes. Her main research interests include investigating factors that predict the clinical course of diabetes, diabetes typology and improving outcomes of children with diabetes.

Dr. Pihoker is also interested in the impact on children of being overweight and living sedentary lifestyles, and she is involved in proposals studying the quality of life and metabolic measures in the general population as well as in cancer survivors. Other research interests include endocrine dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors and hypothalamic-pituitary function in children with tumors in the pituitary region. The studies Pihoker has been involved with include the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, TrialNet and the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium. Her teaching activities include serving as fellowship director, and didactic and direct teaching of resident physicians, medical students and support staff.

Craig Taplin, MD

Fellowship Director

Craig Taplin, MD

Associate Professor

  • On staff since July 2009
  • Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Board Certification(s)
    General Pediatrics (Non-ABMS)
    Pediatric Endocrinology (Non-ABMS)
  • Medical/Professional School
    The University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Colorado - The Children's Hospital - Denver, Aurora

"As a pediatrician, I was drawn to endocrinology because, the vast majority of the time, we deal with clinical issues related to growth and physical development — and there is nothing more fundamental to child health than those two things! My goal for every child and family I see in clinic is for them to feel they have the chance to fulfill every hope and dream without letting a chronic disease get in the way. We do this as a clinical team by aiming to give our patients the skills and confidence to be healthy, active people — who also happen to have, for example, diabetes."

Carolina Cecilia Di Blasi, MD

Carolina Cecilia Di Blasi, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

  • On staff since August 2012
  • Medical/Professional School
    University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Residency
    Family Practice, North Oakland Medical Center, Pontiac, Michigan
    Pediatrics, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan
    Pediatrics, Ricardo Gutierrez Children's Hospital, Buenos Aires
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Seattle Children’s' Hospital, Seattle
  • Clinical Interests
    Endocrinology
    Disorders of puberty, with special interest in precocious puberty
Abstracts
2012
  1. “Is Intermediate Thelarche a different entity than premature thelarche and central precocious puberty”. Carolina Di Blasi, MD; Christian Roth, MD; Clinton Elfers, BS; Joyce Yi-Frazier, PhD; Angela Badaru, MD. Poster presentation at the 2012 Fellow and Resident Research Day, University of Washington. Presenting author: Carolina Di Blasi.
  2. “Is Intermediate Thelarche a different entity than premature thelarche and central precocious puberty”. Carolina Di Blasi, MD; Christian Roth, MD; Clinton Elfers, BS; Joyce Yi-Frazier, PhD; Angela Badaru, MD. Poster presentation at the Minority Mentoring and Poster Reception. Endocrine Society meeting 2012, Houston, Texas. Presenting author: Carolina Di Blasi.
  3. “Is Intermediate Thelarche a different entity than premature thelarche and central precocious puberty”. Carolina Di Blasi, MD; Christian Roth, MD; Clinton Elfers, BS; Joyce Yi-Frazier, PhD; Angela Badaru, MD. Platform presentation. Endocrine Society meeting 2012 Houston, Texas. The study was recipient of the “Clinical Research Fellowship and Mentor Award” at Endocrine Society 2012.
  4. “Pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ib presenting with mild congenital hypothyroidism: a previously unreported association”. Carolina Di Blasi, MD; Craig Taplin, MD. Poster presentation. Endocrine Society meeting 2012, Houston, Texas. Presenting author: Carolina Di Blasi.
  5. Is “Intermediate thelarche” a new entity following a different clinical course then premature thelarche and central precocious puberty?. Carolina Di Blasi, MD; Christian Roth, MD; Clinton Elfers, BS; Joyce Yi-Frazier, PhD; Angela Badaru, MD. Poster presentation at the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology, 2012, : Leipzig, Germany. Presenting author: Angela Badaru.
HelÚn L. Dichek, MD

HelÁn L. Dichek, MD

Associate Professor

  • On staff since February 2001
  • Board Certification(s)
    Pediatric Endocrinology
    Pediatrics
  • Medical/Professional School Kath University Leuven, Leuven
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Los Angeles County Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, Torrance
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
    Pediatric Endocrinology, NIH-NICHD, Bethesda
Sara DiVall, MD

Sara DiVall, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

  • On staff since September 2014
Patricia Fechner, MD

Patricia Fechner, MD

Associate Professor

  • On staff since February 2001
  • Board Certification(s)
    Pediatric Endocrinology
    Pediatrics
  • Medical/Professional School Kath University Leuven, Leuven
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Los Angeles County Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, Torrance
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
    Pediatric Endocrinology, NIH-NICHD, Bethesda
Grace J. Kim, MD

Grace J. Kim, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric

  • On staff since August 2013
  • Board Certification(s)
    Pediatrics
  • Medical/Professional School
    Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Yale University - School of Medicine, New haven
Ildiko H. Koves, MD

Ildiko H. Koves, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

  • On staff since February 2008
  • Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Board Certification(s)
    Pediatric Endocrinology (Non-ABMS)
    General Pediatrics (Non-ABMS)
  • Medical/Professional School
    University Medical School of Pecs, Hungary The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Pediatrics
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
Lina Merjaneh, MD

Lina Merjaneh, MD

Assistant Professor

  • On staff since October 2014
Millie Nandi-Munshi, MD

Millie Nandi-Munshi, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

  • On staff since October 2013
  • Board Certification(s)
    Pediatrics
  • Medical/Professional School
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Registrar, Newark
    University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle
Kathryn D. Ness, MD, MS

Clinical Director

Kathryn D. Ness, MD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics

  • On staff since April 2009
  • Board Certification(s)
    Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Medical/Professional School
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Nashville
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Nashville
Christian Roth, MD

Research Lead

Christian Roth, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

  • On staff since October 2006
  • Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research
  • Board Certification(s)
    General Pediatrics (Non-ABMS)
    Neonatal-Perinatal (Non-ABMS)
    Pediatric Endocrinology (Non-ABMS)
  • Medical/Professional School
    Ruprechts-Karls-Universitat, Heidelberg
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, University of Gottingen, Gottingen
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Gottingen, Gottingen
  • Research Description
    My research is focused on childhood obesity, diabetes and puberty. It includes metabolic factors in body weight regulation and hypothalamic control of feeding circuits, genes involved in childhood obesity and diabetes, and post-craniopharyngioma obesity. On the field of puberty, I am working on treatment of precocious puberty and genes controlling the onset of puberty.
Parisa Salehi, MD

Parisa Salehi, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

  • On staff since August 2013
  • Board Certification(s)
    Pediatrics
  • Medical/Professional School
    University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Reno
  • Residency
    Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Orange
  • Fellowship
    Pediatric Endocrinology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles , Los Angeles