• Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics

Seattle, WA
United States

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Dr. Suzinne Pak-Gorstein has served on the UW faculty since 2006 and is associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Global Health. She has led several innovative educational initiatives including the Resident Education and Advocacy in Child Health program
at the Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) which she co-founded in partnership with the University of Nairobi (UON) in 2009. Dr. Pak-Gorstein has also led the Global Child Health Educational Modules Project (GCHEMP) which is an innovative, interactive series of on-line modules for U.S. residents on topics ranging from cultural aspects of clinical care, to community and hospital-based management of malnutrition and respiratory illnesses. She has also served as course instructor for UW public (SPH380)
and global health courses (GH571). Dr. Pak-Gorstein chairs the Academic Pediatrics Association's Special Interest Group in Global Health to support national competencies in GH education, research, and international partnership development. She attends at the Harborview Pediatric Clinic which serves immigrant/refugee children, from where she carries out several community collaborations to support refugee families in areas including food security, child development, health screening, and advocacy. She has also carried out work in program monitoring and evaluation, nutrition surveillance systems, national surveys, and establishment of health information systems in several
countries including Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, and India since 1998.

  • PhD (University of Michigan)
  • MD (Michigan State University)
  • MPH (University of Michigan)
  • BS (Smith College)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Nepali
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Distance Learning
  • Education and Training
  • Health Disparities
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security
  • Obesity
  • Social Determinants of Health
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Pak-Gorstein S, Frintner MP, O’Callahan C, Spector J, St Clair N, Howard C, Anspacher M. Global Health Education for Pediatric Residents: Trends, Training Experiences, and Career Choices. Pediatrics 2018 (accepted for publication)

Pak-Gorstein S and Batra M, Johnston B, Grow M, Grant A, Shugerman R, Lago S, Stapleton B, McPhillips H. Training Pediatricians to Address Health Disparities: An Innovative Residency Track Combining Global Health with Community Pediatrics and Advocacy. Academic Medicine 2018 (accepted for publication)

Steenhoff A, Crouse HL, Lukolyo H, Larson C, Howard C, Mazhani L, Pak-Gorstein S, Niecierenko M, Musoke PH, Marshall R, Soto M, Butteris S, Batra M for the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Taskforce. State of the Art Review: Partnerships for Global Child Health. Pediatrics 2017 Oct; 140(4): e2016-382 PMID: 28931576

Dawson-Hahn B, Pak-Gorstein S, Matheson J, Zhou C, Yun K, Scott K, Payton C, Stein E, Holland A, Grow M, Mendoza J. Growth Trajectories of Refugee and Non-Refugee Children in the US. Pediatrics 2016 Dec;138(6):e20160953. PMC: 27940678

Dawson-Hahn D, Pak-Gorstein S, Hoopes AJ, Matheson J. Comparison of the Nutritional Status of Overseas Refugee Children with Low Income Children in Washington State. PLoS ONE, 2016 Jan; 11(1): e0147854. PMID: 26808275: PMC: 4725764

Kounnavong S, Pak-Gorstein S, Akkhavong K, Palaniappan U, BerdagaV, Conkle J, Gorstein J. Key Determinants of Optimal Breastfeeding Practices in Laos. Food and Nut Sciences, 2013 April 4(10A): 61-70.