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Catherine Pihoker, MD

Associated with Fellowship(s)
Endocrinology Fellowship
Professional Bio
  • 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.